DISCOGRAPHY - CONCERT WORKS

This page lists official CD releases of Ifukube's concert works, both live and in the studio.  The entries are arranged chronologically by release date  (except for reissues, which are grouped together with original editions).

Thanks to Sam Scali for research, information and scans.  Special acknowledgements to Larry Tuczynski at www.godzillamonstermusic.com for providing links to his review pages.



AN EVENING OF SPECIAL EFFECTS FILM MUSIC
King Record Co., Ltd. / Star Child, Japan  (K32X-7034), released 9/5/86  (Stereo)

 

Originally released as a 2-LP set in 1983  (K20G-7169~70), this CD features the premiere live performance of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1, 2, 3"  (a concert arrangement of Ifukube's most famous sci-fi film themes) and "Rondo in Burlesque for Japanese Drum and Orchestra"  (1972 / revised 1983).

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yasuhiko Shiozawa.  Recorded on August 5th, 1983.

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Second pressing released in 1989 with redesigned obi:


The album was later reissued as a bonus disc  (GX-6) in the 9-CD boxed set, "Godzilla 50th Anniversary Soundtrack Perfect Collection Volume 5"  (GB-5, Toho Music Corporation, Japan, released 1/31/08).  This edition more closely replicates the package design of the original LP:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  SALOME
Toshiba EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (LD32-5054), released 9/25/87.  Also released on LP as  LB28-5054  (Stereo)



Premiere performance of the full ballet score of "Salome"   (1948 / revised 1987).

Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kazuo Yamada.  Recorded on May 5th, 1987.

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GREAT RECORDING IN JAPAN SERIES # 9
Toshiba-EMI LTD., Japan  (CZ30-9017), released 11/25/87  (Stereo)


Originally released on LP  (TA-7015) in 1968, this album features some of the earliest recordings of "Japanese Rhapsody"  (1935), "Ballata Sinfonica"  (1943) and "Cantalena Ballabile sul Modo Antico di Giappone"  (1967).

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kazuo Yamada, with Yasuo Abe  (guitar).  Recorded in 1968  (Some sources indicate that "Japanese Rhapsody" may have been recorded as early as 1962, but this is unconfirmed).

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The album was reissued with a new title and artwork as
J  CLASSIC GREAT RECORDING SERIES  8  (TOCE-9434) on 4/23/97:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE TRIBUTE CONCERT
Toshiba-EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (LD32-5077), released 6/25/88  (Stereo)

Live concert performances of "Violin Sonata"  (1985), "Eclogues After Epos Among Ainu Races"  (1956) and "Triptyque Aborigine" (1937), as well as a selection of nine musical vignettes conducted by various composers in honor of Ifukube.  

Recorded on February 27th, 1988 at Suntory Hall, Tokyo.

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YUMI AIKAWA VOCAL RECITAL
Toshiba-EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (LD32-5078), released 6/25/88  (Stereo)

Live vocal performances of Ifukube's "Ancient Minstrelsies of Gilyak Tribes"  (1946), "Three Lullabies Among the Native Tribes on the Island of Sakhalin"  (1949), "Ode: The Sea of Okhotsk"  (1958 / revised 1988), "A Shanty of the Shiretoko Peninsula"  (1959) and "Eclogues After Epos Among Ainu Races"  (1956).

Yumi Aikawa, soprano.  Recorded on March 4th, 1988.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA
Fontec Records, Japan  (FOCD-3222), released 8/25/88  (Stereo)

Studio performances of "Japanese Rhapsody"  (1935), "Triptyque Aborigine"  (1937) and "Lauda Concertata for Orchestra and Marimba"  (1976).

Shinsei Nihon Orchestra conducted by Kazuo Yamada, with Keiko Abe (marimba).  Recorded on May 13th, 1980 and May 27th, 1986 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

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The album was reissued with a new package design  (FOCD-2512) on 11/25/93:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA
Fontec Records, Japan  (FOCD-3245), released 4/10/89  (Stereo)

Live performances of "Ballata Sinfonica"  (1943), "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  1954 / revised 1979) and "Concerto No.2 for Violin and Orchestra"  (1978).

The New Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yasushi Akutagawa, with Takeshi Kobayashi (violin).  Recorded on August 8th, 1977  (Festival Hall), February 1st, 1987  (Suntory Hall) and April 6th, 1980  (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan).

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The album was reissued with a new package design  (FOCD-2545) on 3/25/99:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  SYMPHONIC ODE - "GOTAMA THE BUDDHA"
Toshiba-EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (LD32-5105), released 7/5/89  (Stereo)

Live concert featuring the premiere performance of "Symphonic Ode: Gotama the Buddha"  (1988 / revised 1989) as well as "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1"  (1983).

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kazuhiko Komatsu.  Recorded on April 8th, 1989 at Kanhi Hoken Hall.

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The album was also released in France with different artwork on Les Disques Du Soleil et de L'Acier  (DSA-54024) in 1990.  Initial quantities were issued in a cardboard digipak, with subsequent pressings packaged in a standard jewel box:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA
Fontec Records, Japan  (FOCD-3140), released 8/25/91  (Stereo)

Live performances of "Symphonic Ode: Gotama the Buddha"  (1988 / 89) and "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1"  (1983).

The New Symphony Orchestra with Choral OMP and Chiba University Philharmonic Chorus, conducted by Maki Ishii.  Recorded on January 19th, 1991  (Tokyo Geijutsu Gekjo Hall) and November 23rd, 1984  (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan).

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The album was reissued with a new title and package design as
WORKS BY AKIRA IFUKUBE  1  (FOCD-9086) on 5/25/96:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  3 CONCERTOS
Fontec Records, Japan  (FOCD-3143), released 12/10/91  (Stereo)

Live performances of "Ritmica Ostinata for Piano and Orchestra"  (1961), "Rapsodia Concertante per Violino ed Orchestra"  (1948 / revised 1971) and "Eglogue Symphonique pour Koto à vingt cordes et Orchestre"  (1982).

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue, with Kazuoki Fuji  (piano), Takeshi Kobayashi  (violin) and Keiko Nosaka  (20-string koto).  Recorded on February 10th, 1983 at Kanhi Hoken Hall.

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The album was reissued with a new title and package design as
WORKS BY AKIRA IFUKUBE  2  (FOCD-9087) on 5/25/96:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WORKS FOR GUITAR AND BAROQUE LUTE
Fontec Records, Japan  (FOCD-3144), released 12/10/91  (Stereo)
Also released on LP as  FONC-5059

Studio performances of "Toka, Cantilena Ballabile sul Mode Antico di Giappone"  (1967), "Toccata per Chitarra"  (1970) and "Fantasia for Baroque Lute"  (1980).

Yoh Nishimura  (guitar) and Deborah Minken  (baroque lute).  Recorded on March 26th, 1985 and April 9th, 1985 at St. Gregorian House, Betty 2nd Studio.

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The album was reissued with a new title and package design as
WORKS BY AKIRA IFUKUBE  3  (FOCD-9088) on 5/25/96:


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THE WORLD OF AKIRA IFUKUBE
Toshiba EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (TYCY-5217~18), released 3/18/92  (Stereo)


This 2-CD set features an acclaimed 1991 concert performance that heralded Ifukube's return to film scoring. The centerpiece is the premiere of the 4th movement of "Symphonic Fantasia" titled "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah", based on music from the film of the same name  (which opened in Japan the next day).  The set also includes performances of "Sinfonia Tapkaara"   (1954 / revised 1979), "Hommage à Akira Ifukube"  (a nine-part tribute arranged and conducted by various composers) and "The Drumming of Japan"  (1951 / revised 1984), a reworking of an early ballet with nine other composers as percussionists.

"Symphonic Fantasia No. 4" and "Sinfonia Tapkaara" were conducted by Maki Ishii, "Hommage à Akira Ifukube" was conducted by Hajime Harada, Maki Ishii, Riichiro Manabe, Shigueyuki Imai, Teizo Matsumura, Minora Miki, Sei Ikeno and Toshiro Mayuzumi, and "The Drumming of Japan" was conducted by Akira Ifukube. Recorded on December 13th, 1991.

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HAGI NO SANBASO / TOMO NO OTO
NHK Service Centre, Japan  (NSC0016), released 1992  (Stereo)


Rare promotional CD featuring the premiere live performance of Ifukube's "Tomo no Oto"   (a.k.a., "The Sound of Tomo - Orchestral Shinban"), along with the premiere of Shohin Hagioka's "Hagi no Sanbaso", recorded exclusively for broadcast on NHK radio and never commercially released.

Conducted by Kotaro Sato.  Recorded in May 1990 at Tokyo's National Theater of Japan.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE & KEIKO NOSAKA:  SYMPHONIC EGOLOGUE
Toshiba EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (TYCY-5296), released 3/10/93  (Stereo)



This CD features a live performance of "Eglogue Symphonique pour Koto à Vingt cordes et Orchestre"  (1982) and a studio recording of "Mono-Yu-Mai for Solo 20-String Koto"  (1979), both performed by koto virtuoso Keiko Nosaka.

"Eglogue Symphonique" was recorded on July 17th, 1993.  "Mono-Yu-Mai" was recorded at Cherry Island Studio on November 26, 1993.

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GODZILLA SYMPHONIC FANTASIA  -  LIVE 1987
VAP Inc., Japan  (VPCD-81036~7), released 12/1/93  (Stereo)

Initial quantities included a commemorative obi celebrating Godzilla's 40th Anniversary.

 

2-CD set featuring live performances of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1, 2, 3"   (1983), "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979), "Rondo in Burlesque for Japanese Drum and Orchestra  (1972 / revised 1983) and "Salome"  (1948 / revised 1987), as well as a two-part spoken presentation by Ifukube.

Recorded on September 13th, 1987.

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The obi used on later pressings saluted Ifukube's 50th year as a film composer.





AKIRA IFUKUBE:  CHAMBER MUSIC
Toshiba EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (TYCY-5369~70), released 1/19/94  (Stereo)

2-CD set featuring live performances of "Piano Suite"  (1933), "Violin Sonata"  (1985), "The Sea of Okhotsk"  (1988), "Kugoka, Aria Concertata di Kugo-Arpa"  (1969 / revised 1989), "The Lake Kimtaankamuito"  (1992) and "Triptyque Aborigine"   (1937).

Recorded on May 1st, 1993 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  SYMPHONIC FANTASIA
Toshiba EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (YMCC-0001), released 3/30/94  (Stereo)

Limited edition bonus CD featuring concert performances of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1,2,3"  (1983) and "Rondo in Burlesque For Japanese Drum and Orchestra" (1972 / revised 1983).  Available only as a special premium for customers who redeemed proof-of-purchase coupons from all 20 volumes of the "GODZILLA GREAT COLLECTION" 40th Anniversary CD series  (or combined them with coupons from other select Futureland Ifukube releases such as "CHAMBER MUSIC", above).

The Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maki Ishii.  Recorded on June 28th, 1984 at The Hokkaido Pensioner's Great Hall.

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GODZILLA 40TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPHONIC CONCERT
SLC, Inc., Japan  (SLCS-5029), released 10/21/94  (Stereo)



Commemorative concert featuring "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1,2,3"  (1983) as well as orchestral arrangements of some of Ifukube's Godzilla film themes, performed by the Osaka Sinfonica and conducted by fellow "Godzilla" composer, Masaru Sato.

Recorded on November 23rd, 1993 at Itami Bunka Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:   KUSHIRO MARSHLAND
Fontec Records, Japan   (FOCD-9057), released 5/25/94   (Stereo)

 


Originally commissioned for a 1993 NHK-TV documentary about the Kushiro Wetlands wildlife sanctuary in Hokkaido, this recording first appeared on CD on the Toshiba / Futureland label, along with another documentary film score titled "Dozoku no Ranjo" - but due to copyright issues the CD was quickly withdrawn from the market  (see the FILM SOUNDTRACKS page for more details).  The Fontec release repackages the score as a concert piece titled "Kushiro Marshland - Symphonic Tableaux", though it is the same recording as the soundtrack release.

Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Naoto Otomo.  Recorded on October 20th, 1993.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  80TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE SYMPHONY
Toshiba EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (TYCY-5324~25), released 3/29/95  (Stereo)

2-CD set featuring live performances of "Lauda Concertata for Orchestra and Marimba"  (1976), "Japanese Rhapsody"  (1935), "Ballata Sinfonica"  (1943), "Japanese Suite For Orchestra"  (1991), "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979) and "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1"  (1983), released to commemorate Ifukube's 80th birthday.

The New Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maki Ishii, Kazuhiro Koizumi, Kouichiro Harada and Kenichiro Kobayashi.  Recorded between September 7th, 1993 and October 10th, 1994 at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, The Tokyo Fine Arts Theater and The Tokyo Culture Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  ANTHOLOGY OF VOX PRINCIPAL WORKS
Camerata Tokyo, Inc., Japan  (30CM-391~2), released 6/21/95  (Stereo)

2-CD set featuring studio recordings by soprano Yumi Aikawa  (accompanied by koto virtuoso Keiko Nosaka and other musicians) performing Ifukube's "Ancient Minstrelsies of the Gilyak Tribes"  (1946), "Three Lullabies Among the Native Tribes on the Island of Sakhalin"  (1949), "Eclogues After Epos Among Ainu Races" (1956), two versions of "The Lake Kimtaankamuito"  (1992), "A Shanty of the Shiretoko Peninsula"  (1959), "Ode: The Sea of Okhotsk"  (1958 / revised 1988) and the premiere of "Five Poems after Inaba Manyo" (1994).

Yumi Aikawa  (soprano), Ikuko Endo  (piano), Koya Nakatani  (timpani), Yuki Hyakutake  (viola), Mari Kimura (harp), Muneo Tozawa  (bassoon), Shu Yoshida  (contrabass) Masami Nakagawa  (alto-flute) and Keiko Nosaka (25-string koto).  Recorded on February 1st, 1995 at Chichibu Myuzu Park Ongakudo, and February 27th - 28th, 1995 at Oizumi Bunka-Mura.

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The album was reissued with a new package design  (20CM-641~2) on 9/25/01 with two new live recordings, "Ao Saghi  (Airone Grigio)"  (2000) and "La Fontane Sacrèe"  (1964 / 2000). The latter piece is an arrangement of "The Sacred Fountain", a song that originally appeared on the soundtrack of the 1964 film "Mothra vs. Godzilla", (a.k.a. "Godzilla vs. the Thing").

Additional musicians: Tomoko Okada  (piano), Masaru Yoshida  (bassoon), Thomas Indermühle  (oboe) and Iwahisa Kuroki  (contrabass).  Live performances recorded on October 28th, 2000 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  1: TAN - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
King Record Co., Ltd. / Firebird, Japan  (KICC 175), released 11/22/95   (Stereo)


Studio recordings of "Japanese Rhapsody"  (1935), "Triptyque Aborigine"  (1937) and "Ballata Sinfonica"  (1943).

Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jyun'ichi Hirokami.  Recorded on August 22th - 24th,  August 29th - 31st,  and September 1st, 1995 at Session Suginami Hall, Tokyo.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  2: KYO - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
King Record Co., Ltd. / Firebird, Japan  (KICC 176), released 11/22/95  (Stereo)


Studio recordings of "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979) and "Japanese Suite for Orchestra"  (1991).

Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jyun'ichi Hirokami.  Recorded on August 22th - 24th,  August 29th - 31st,  and September 1st, 1995 at Session Suginami Hall, Tokyo.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  3: MAI - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
King Record Co., Ltd. / Firebird, Japan  (KICC 177), released 11/22/95  (Stereo)


Studio recordings of "Salome"  (1948 / revised 1987) and "Prelude Du Soldat"  (1944).

Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jyun'ichi Hirokami.  Recorded on August 22th - 24th,  August 29th - 31st,  and September 1st, 1995 at Session Suginami Hall, Tokyo.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  4: CYU - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
King Record Co., Ltd. / Firebird, Japan  (KICC 178), released 11/22/95  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1, 2, 3"  (1983) and "Rondo in Burlesque For Japanese Drum and Orchestra"  (1972 / revised 1983).

Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jyun'ichi Hirokami.  Recorded on August 22th - 24th,  August 29th - 31st,  and September 1st, 1995 at Session Suginami Hall, Tokyo.

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The same recording of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1, 2, 3" was later repackaged by King Records  (without "Rondo in Burlesque") as  A TRIBUTE TO GODZILLA:  AKIRA IFUKUBE SYMPHONIC FANTASIA COMPLETE  (KICS-775), released on 12/23/99:

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  PROFILE OF A COMPOSER
Fontec Records, Japan  (FOCD-3292), released 12/25/95  (Stereo)

Live performances of "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979) and the premiere of "Japanese Suite for Orchestra"  (1991), commissioned by The Suntory Music Foundation.

New Japan Philharmonic, conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue.  Recorded on September 17th, 1991 at Suntory Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE & KEIKO NOSAKA:  ANTHOLOGIE DE LA MUSIQUE POUR KOTO À VINGT CORDES
Toshiba EMI LTD. / Futureland, Japan  (TYCY-5488), released 3/27/96  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Toka, Cantilena Ballabile sul Mode Antico di Giappone"  (1967), "Toccata; pour Koto à vingt-cinq cordes"  (koto version of "Toccata per Chitarra", 1970), "Japanese Suite"  (1991), "Gen-ka; Fantasie pour Koto à vingt-cinq cordes  (koto version of "Fantasia for Baroque Lute", 1980) and "Mono-Yu-Mai for Solo 20-String Koto"  (1979).

Keiko Nosaka  (koto dessus), accompanied by Yukari Satoh  (koto basse). Recorded on May 24th, 1995, September 1st, 1995 and January 29th, 1996.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  5: RAKU - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
King Record Co., Ltd. / Firebird, Japan  (KICC 179), released 10/22/97  (Stereo)


Studio recordings of "Symphony Concertante for Piano and Orchestra"  (1941) and "Rapsodia Concertante per Violino ed Orchestra"  (1948 / revised 1971).

Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Naoto Otomo and Jyun'ichi Hirokami, with Izumi Tateno  (piano) and Tsugio Tokunaga  (violin).  Recorded on August 18th-20th, 1997 at Fuchu-no Mori Theater Dream Hall.

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BINTATARA:  SELECTED WORKS OF AKIRA IFUKUBE
"A New Aspect of Japanese Contemporary Music - 15"
Camerata Tokyo, Inc., Japan  (28CM-290), released 8/25/98  (Stereo)

Studio performances of "Mono Yu Mai"  (1979), "Violin Sonata"  (1985), "Three Lullabies Among the Native Tribes on The Island of Sakhalin"  (1949) and "Bintatara"  (1973).

Pro Musica Nipponia conducted by Takuo Tamura, with Keiko Nosaka  (20-string koto), Takeshi Kobayashi  (violin), Yuko Umemura  (piano), Kyoko Hirata  (soprano) and Naoyuki Inoue  (piano).  Recorded on October 27th, 1980, July 7th, 1988, March 9th and 10th, 1974 and February 23rd, 1981, at Iruma-shi Shimin Kaikan.

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GODZILLA  (BRASS BAND SYMPHONY)
Victor Entertainment, Inc., Japan  (VICG-60200), released 4/21/99  (Stereo)

Brass band arrangements of excerpts from "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1,2,3"  (1983) and "Rondo In Burlesque For Wa-daiko and Band"  (1972 / revised 1983).

Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra conducted by Yasuhiko Shiozawa, supervised by Akira Ifukube.  Recorded on February 16th, 1999 at Niiza City Hall  (Saitama).

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PIPA XING:  WORKS OF AKIRA IFUKUBE / KEIKO NOSAKA
Camerata Tokyo Inc., Japan  (28CM-558), released 10/25/99  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Pipa Xing"  (1999), "Koga, Chant de Serinde"  (1997) and "Kugoka, Aria Concertata di Kugo-Arpa"  (1969 / revised 1989).

Keiko Nosaka, 25-string koto.  Recorded on August 11th, 1999 and July 10th, 1998 at Makioka Arts Hall, Yamanashi, Japan.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE'S 88TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT
King Record Co., Ltd., Japan  (KICC 377/8), released 8/22/02  (Stereo)

2-CD set featuring live recordings of "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979) "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1" (1983), "Yottsu-no-Mai"   (Four Dances, 2002) and "Ancient Minstrelsies of Gilyak Tribes"  (1946).

The New Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maki Ishii.  Recorded on May 19th, 2002 at Kioi Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  VIOLIN SONATA / JAPANESE SUITE / PIANO SUITE
Mittenwald, Japan  (MTWD99009), released 11/29/02  (Stereo)

Studio performances of "Violin Sonata"  (1985), "Japanese Suite for String Orchestra"  (1998) and "Piano Suite" (1933).

Masayuki Kino  (violin), Mami Kino  (piano), Yoko Hori  (piano) and String Ensemble Endless, conducted by Toshiyuki Uzuka.  Recorded on August 30th, 2002, October 14th, 1998 and October 12th, 1990.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  6:  A - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
King Record Co., Ltd., Japan  (KICC 439), released 11/27/03  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Ballet 'Drumming in Japan' Jakomoko Janko"  (1951 / revised 1984) "Eglogue Symphonique pour Kito à vingt cordes et Orchestre"  (1982) and "Oberture Festiva 'Sa Bago Filipinas' "  (1944).

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tesuji Honna, with Keiko Nosaka  (20-string koto). Recorded on August 25th and 26th, 2003 at Katsushika Symphony Hills, Mozart Hall and September 8th and 9th, 2003 at Aprico-Large Hall.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  7:  GEN - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
King Record Co., Ltd., Japan  (KICC 440), released 11/27/03  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 4:  'Godzilla Vs. King Ghidora' "  (1991) and "Symphonic Suite:  'The Little Prince and the 8-Headed Dragon' "  (1963 / revised 2003).

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tesuji Honna, with Chor June  (Jun Koda, chorusmaster) and Mariko Yumita  (contralto).  Recorded on August 25th and 26th, 2003 at Katsushika Symphony Hills, Mozart Hall and September 8th and 9th, 2003 at Aprico-Large Hall.

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The album was also issued in the DVD-Audio format with a new title and package design as
AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS  (KIAW-15) in 2004:


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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WORKS FOR GUITAR
Mittenwald, Japan  (MTWD99019), released 2/1/04  (Stereo)

Guitar arrangements of "Toka, Cantilena Ballabile sul Mode Antico di Giappone"  (1967), "Kugoka, Aria Concertata di Kugo-Arpa"  (1969), "Toccata per Chittara"  (1970), "Koga, chant de sérinde"  (1997) and "Japanese Suite"  (1933).

Kohiro Sasozaki  (guitar), with Danroku  (guitar ensemble).  Recorded on October 1st, 2003 and September 24th, 2003.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  8:  ZYU - AKIRA IFUKUBE 90TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT
King Record Co., Ltd., Japan  (KICC 469-470), released 11/3/04  (Stereo)

2-CD set featuring live concert recordings of "Oberture Festiva 'Sa Bago Filipinas' "  (1944), "Japanese Rhapsody"  (1935), "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1" (1983), "Symphonic Ode 'Gotama The Buddha' "  (1989) and "Sinfonia Tapkaara  (3rd Movement)"  (1954 / revised 1979).

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tesuji Honna, with the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, Chor Jun, 90th Birthday Festival Chorus  (Jun Koda, chorusmaster) and Masayuki Kino  (concertmaster).  Recorded on May 21st, 2004 at Suntory Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WIND INSTRUMENT MUSIC COLLECTION
King Record Co., Ltd., Japan  (KICC 531), released 4/27/05  (Stereo)

This CD features the premiere commercial recording of "Kishi Mai"  (1944), as well as "Ballata Sinfonica"  (1943), "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979) and "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1"  (1983).

Ground Defense Group Central Music Band, conducted by Zuyotomo Nonaka.  Recorded on January 20th and 25th, 2005.

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DUO UEDA PLAYS AKIRA IFUKUBE
Sakura Sound, Japan   (SSEC-3105), released June, 2005   (Stereo)

Acoustic guitar arrangements of "Japanese Suite"  (1991), "Toccata Per Chitarra"  (1970), "Ballata Sinfonica"  (1943), "Tôka Cantilena Ballabile sul Mode Antico di Giappone"  (1967), "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1"  (1983) and "La Fontaine Sacrée"  (1964).

Duo Ueda  (Eiji and Chiyo Ueda), guitars.  Recorded March, 2005 at Studio Genesis, Kyoto.

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DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS:  A BALLET BASED ON 'SALOME'
Camerata Tokyo, Inc., Japan  (CMCD-28096), released 11/20/05  (Stereo)

Koto arrangements of "Ballet: 'Salome' "  (1948 / revised 1987) and "Toka, Cantilena Ballabile sul Mode Antico di Giappone"  (1967).

Keiko Nosaka, 25-string koto.  Recorded on July 27th and 28th, 2005.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  SINFONIA TAPKAARA / RITMICA OSTINATA / SYMPHONIC FANTASIA NO. 1
Naxos Rights International, Ltd., Hong Kong  (8.557587J), released November, 2004  (Stereo)

 

Studio recordings of "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979), "Ritmica Ostinata"  (1961) and "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1"  (1983).

Russian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Yablonski, with Ekaterina Saranceva, piano.  Recorded on May 3rd - 12th, 2004 at Studio 5, Russian State TV & Radio Co., Moscow.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  GUITAR TRANSCRIPTIONS
Mittenwald, Japan  (MTWD99027), released 8/1/06  (Stereo)

Acoustic guitar arrangements of "Ballata Sinfonica"  (1943), "Toccata per Chittara"  (1970), "Kugoka, Aria Concertata di Kugo-Arpa"   (1969), "Fantasia for Baroque Lute"  (1980) and two versions of "Santa Maria", from Ifukube's film score for "Lady Ogin"  (1978).

Kohiro Sasozaki and Hiromi Omiya, guitars.  Recorded on August 1st and 2nd, 2005 and February 28th, 2006.

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THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE  9:  SAI - AKIRA IFUKUBE MUSIC FESTIVAL LIVE
King Record Co., Ltd., Japan  (KICC 662-63), released 6/27/07  (Stereo)

2-CD set featuring concert performances of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1"  (1983), "March Fantasia for Orchestra"  (1999 / revised 2007), "Japanese Suite for Orchestra"  (1934 / revised 1991) and "Sinfonia Tapkaara"  (1954 / revised 1979), as well as symphonic arrangements of film themes from "Snow Trail"  (1947), "Zatoichi"  (1962), "The Harp of Burma"  (1956) and "The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon"  (1963).

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tesuji Honna.  Recorded on May 4th, 2007 at Suntory Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  VIOLIN CONCERTOS
Mittenwald, Japan  (MTWD99028), released 3/16/08  (Stereo)

Solo violin and piano arrangements of "Rapsodia Concertante per Violino ed Orchestra"  (1948 / revised 1971) and "Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra"  (1978).

Hisaya Sato  (violin) and Masaru Okada  (piano).  Recorded on June 5th, 2006 at Chichibu Musepark Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WORKS FOR PIANO, VOLUME  1
Raison, Japan  (ZMM-0812), released 12/12/08  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Piano Suite"  (1933), "Fire of Prometheus: Joy of Fire for Two Pianos and Four Hands"  (1950, world premiere recording) and "Deux Caracteres for Violin and Piano"  (1955 / 1961, world premiere recording), as well as a live performance of "Ritmica Ostinata for Piano and Orchestra"  (1961).

Tochigi-ken Symphony Orchestra conducted by Masaaki Hayakawa, with Reiko Yamada   (piano), Patrick Godon  (piano) and Shigetoshi Yamada  (violin).  Recorded on June 18th, 2006 at Utsunomiya Bunka Kaikan, and August 20th and 22nd, 2008 at Nichols Concert Hall.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  WORKS FOR PIANO, VOLUME  2
Raison, Japan  (ZMM-1011), released 11/14/10  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Fire of Prometheus (Ballet) for Two Pianos - Complete Score" (1950, world premiere recording)  and "Ritmica Ostinata per Pianoforte ed Orchestra"  (Two Piano Orchestral Reduction - 1961 / revised 1971).

Reiko Yamada  (piano), Patrick Godon  (2nd piano), Brett Rowe  (2nd piano).  Recorded on September 23rd, 27th and 28th, 2010 at Nichols Concert Hall.

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THE 18TH CONCERT HALL HOMAGE OF MODERN JAPANESE MUSIC
Octavia Records, Inc., Japan  (OVCL-00433), released 11/17/10  (Stereo)

Live performance of Ifukube's "Tone Poem: Arctic Forest" (1945, world premiere recording)  along with Shiro Fukai's "Cantata: Heiwa-eno Inori"  (1949).

Orchestra Nipponica conducted by Tetsuji Honna, with Noriko Sasaki  (Soprano), Yuko Anazawa  (Alto), Jun Suzuki  (Tenor) and Katsunori Kono  (Bass).  Produced by Tomoyoshi Ezaki.  Recorded at Hibiya Public Hall, Tokyo on August 8th, 2010.

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SYMPHONIC FANTASIA - GUITAR TRANSCRIPTIONS
BKM, Japan  (G.R.GT-01), released 8/31/11  (Stereo)

Acoustic guitar arrangements of "Symphonic Fantasia No. 1, 2, 3," (1983) as well as film music cues from "Monster Zero"  (1965), "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II"  (1993) and "Godzilla vs. Destoroyah"  (1995).

Kohiro Sasozaki and Toshihiro Iwaki, guitars.  Recorded in 2009 and produced by Takeo Yahiro.

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AKIRA IFUKUBE:  LAUDA CONCERTATA  (PIANO REDUCTION)
Raison, Japan  (ZMM-1209), released 9/12/12  (Stereo)

Studio recordings of "Lauda Concertata for Marimba and Piano"  (1976), "Piano Suite"  (1933), "Japanese Rhapsody for Solo Piano"  (1935) and "Ode to Hokkaido"  (1961).

Atsuko Kawakami  (piano), Midori Takata  (marimba), Mika Kaneko  (mezzo-soprano) and Hirohiko Nagase  (piano reduction).  Recorded on March 7th and 8th, 2012.

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