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Since the latter half of the 19th century, Japanese classical composers have taken inspiration from western classical music culture to create a variety of original compositions. However, with the exception of works by a few famous figures such as Toru Takemitsu, such compositions have had a limited audience even within Japan. The Naxos Japanese Classics series rediscovers composers such as Akio Yashiro, Saburo Moroi, Hisato Ohzawa, and introduces what is a rich musical repertoire to a much wider audience than before. Many of the works in the collection receive their première recordings. Each album provides detailed and authoritative liner notes, and is supported by fine performances from such distinguished ensembles and conductors as the RTE Orchestra and Takuo Yuasa, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and Dmitry Yablonsky.

Explore the Japanese classical soundscape with our fine collection of albums below.

“This ambitious project will introduce our cultural heritage to the world… [I]t achieves a perfect ten in music, performance and sound. I hope that many people will enjoy this special gift.”
– Mamoru Shima, Stereo Sound

8.557987 ABE: Symphony No. 1 / Divertimento / Sinfonietta
8.557763 BEKKU: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
8.555881 HASHIMOTO: Symphony No. 1 / Symphonic Suite
8.557587 IFUKUBE: Sinfonia Tapkaara / Ritmica Ostinata / Symphonic Fantasia No.1
8.555882 MATSUDAIRA: Bugaku Dance Suite / Theme and Variations for Piano and Orchestra
8.557162 MOROI: Symphony No. 3, Op. 25 / Sinfonietta, Op. 24 / Two Symphonic Movements, Op. 22
8.557839 OHKI: Japanese Rhapsody / Symphony No. 5, 'Hiroshima'
8.570319 SUGATA: Symphonic Overture / Peaceful Dance of 2 Dragons / The Rhythm of Life
8.555859 TAKEMITSU: Toward the Sea / Rain Tree / Rain Spell / Bryce
8.555351 YASHIRO: Piano Concerto / Symphony
8.555975 AKUTAGAWA: Ellora Symphony / Trinita Sinfonica / Rhapsody
8.557688 FUKAI: Chantes de Java / Creation / Quatre Mouvements Parodiques
8.557819 HAYASAKA: Piano Concerto / Ancient Dances on the Left and on the Right
8.555071 Japanese Orchestral Favourites
8.557693 MAYUZUMI: Bugaku / Mandala Symphony / Rumba Rhapsody
8.555321 OHGURI: Violin Concerto / Phantasy on Osaka Folk Tunes / Legend
8.557416 OHZAWA: Piano Concerto No. 3, 'Kamikaze' / Symphony No. 3
8.557760 TAKEMITSU: Orchestral Works
8.557971 YAMADA: Nagauta Symphony / Meiji Symphony / Maria Magdalena
8.555350 YAMADA: Symphony in F Major, 'Triumph and Peace'
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