Matsumura - Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, To the Night of Gethsemane | Naxos 8570337

Matsumura - Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, To the Night of Gethsemane

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8570337

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st August 2011

Contents

Artists

Ikuyo Kamiya (piano)
RTE National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Takuo Yuasa

Works

Matsumura,Teizo

Symphony no.1
Symphony no.2 for Piano and Orchestra
To the Night of Gethsemane

Artists

Ikuyo Kamiya (piano)
RTE National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Takuo Yuasa

About

A contemporary of Toru Takemitsu, Teizo Matsumura combined European influences with Asian musical traditions. His tautly-constructed Symphony No.1, a work of genuine power and intense sonic splendour, evokes the image of innumerable locusts swarming over the earth.

Symphony No.2, written over 30 years later and inspired by a poster of a pair of sumo-wrestler-like statues standing at the entrance to a famous Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan, is a soulful monologue of alternating sorrow and hope. This is its world premiere recording.

The richly expressive symphonic poem To the Night of Gethsemane, inspired by Giotto’s fresco The Kiss of Judas, was Matsumura’s last orchestral work.

Conductor Takuo Yuasa is a fine exponent of the Japanese Classics series on Naxos.

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