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Mizuno: Symphonies no 3 & 4 / Yamashita, Tokyo SO

Album Summary

>Mizuno, Shuko : Symphony no 3
>Mizuno, Shuko : Symphony no 4
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

East meets West in this exceptional release. A previous release on Camerata (CAM587) featured Mizuno's tone poem Summer and the Symphony No. 2. The Symphony, in particular, revealed a composer of strong neo-romantic tendencies (at times sounding like the Japanese answer to George Lloyd!). Here he demonstrates, in both works, a commingling of Western orchestral styles (No. 4, for example, strikingly resembles some of Messiaen's orchestral works of the 1930s) and jazz and rock influences. In fact, he has had some of his jazz-orchestra material released on CD in Japan. As he writes, "Nowadays, the center of the world's most popular music is found in America, where African beat met European harmony, and we are surrounded by many kinds of music such as jazz, rock and club music, various folk music and pop music. I feel it strongly necessary to be influenced by all these kinds of music and not only Western traditions, in order to have a broader perspective to create my own musicI find (the Symphony) extremely useful to create unity when using elements from various genres of music in (my) compositions" Anyone who enjoys good old-fashioned "third-stream" music (the final movement of Symphony No. 4 would be right-at-home on the soundtrack of the latest James Bond film) will find this CD wonderfully entertaining.



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Works Details

>Mizuno, Shuko : Symphony no 3
  • Conductor: Kazufumi Yamashita
  • Ensemble: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mizuno, Shuko : Symphony no 4
  • Conductor: Kazufumi Yamashita
  • Ensemble: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2003
  • Studio/Live: Studio