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Ohki: Symphony no 5 "Hiroshima" / Yuasa, New Japan PO

Album Summary

>Ohki, Masao : Japanese Rhapsody, for orchestra
>Ohki, Masao : Symphony no 5 ("Hiroshima")
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The Hiroshima Symphony is in mostly atonal language without the influence of folk music, though there is a spiritual element from the Japanese Noh plays. Katayama describes it as "characterized by chromatic melodies in narrow ranges, dissonant harmonies, tonecluster- like sounds generated by the accumulation of semitones and special effects by strings and wind". It ranges from eerie to bleak to stormy (mainly the explosive clusters). I know very little music by Ligeti, but the more eerie parts of Hiroshima remind me of what I have heard. Some might think it "difficult" from this description. On the contrary, it is an expressionist piece that is cinematic in its images and moods This symphony employs a common array of modern techniques that convey emotional and geographical devastation well enough to reward repeated listening. It stands well alone but would be a terrific sound track to a movie about atomic devastation or Hiroshima itself. The New Japan Philharmonic is splendid. The sound is wide, open, and deep-just what the piece calls for." -ARG



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>Ohki, Masao : Japanese Rhapsody, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Takuo Yuasa
  • Ensemble: New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo, Japan (05/01/2005-05/02/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Ohki, Masao : Symphony no 5 ("Hiroshima")
  • Conductor: Takuo Yuasa
  • Ensemble: New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo, Japan (05/01/2005-05/02/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953