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Akutagawa Ellora Symphony

Ellora Symphony / Trinita Sinfonica / Rhapsody - NZ Symphony Orchestra
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AKUTAGAWA: Ellora Symphony / Trinita Sinfonica / Rhapsody. Naxos 8.555975

  • Conductor: Takuo Yuasa
  • Orchestra(s): New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Yasushi Akutagawa was a leading figure not only in Japanese music but general culture, whose compositions embraced many genres and fields. The 1948 Trinita Sinfonica, characterised by catchy melodies and light-footed ostinatos, was composed during his ‘Sino-Soviet’ period (1947–1957) when cultural exchanges with the USSR and China brought him into contact with the music of Shostakovich and Kabalevsky, among others. The Ellora Symphony, a savage bacchanal based on erotic visions of pagan India, belongs to Akutagawa’s second creative period (1958–1967), when he embraced the new avant-garde trends promoted by Mayuzumi and Takemitsu. In the 1971 Rapsodia, Akutagawa returns to his compositional starting point of ostinato, lyricism and dynamism, only occasionally using avantgarde techniques. The composer himself describes the work as music in which a witch waves a short wand, transforming a Japanese-style Adagio into a fierce Allegro.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Rapsodia for orchestra - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Yasushi Akutagawa (15:13)
  2. Ellora Symphony - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Yasushi Akutagawa (17:11)
  3. Trinita Sinfonica - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Yasushi Akutagawa (21:32)
Release date NZ
July 1st, 2013
Album Length (Minutes)
54
Label
Naxos
Number of Discs
1
Original Release Year
2004
Box Dimensions (mm)
142x125x10
UPC
747313597529
Product ID
21577397

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