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SUGATA: Symphonic Overture / Peaceful Dance of 2 Dragons / The Rhythm of Life

Composer(s):Sugata, Isotaro
Artist(s) Komatsu, Kazuhiko, Conductor • Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570319
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Isotaro Sugata's compositions may be viewed as a synthesis of several different kinds of Western music, as well as incorporating elements of traditional Japanese imperial music. Inspired by Hindemith, the polyphonic Symphonic Overture is virtually a single-movement symphony. Calling for an orchestra with triple winds and Japanese traditional percussion, Peaceful Dance of Two Dragons is a free and powerful paraphrase of Nasori, a Gagaku dance. Dancing Girl in the Orient, taken from “Sketches of the Desert” – Suite in Oriental Style, is written in the manner of Rimsky-Korsakov and Ketèlbey. The ballet music The Rhythm of Life is an idiosyncratic piece in a primitivistic style, where fragments from Stravinsky's



Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2008

The story of Isotaro Sugata is one dogged by illness that saw his formal education terminated at the age of 20 when he became a victim of tuberculosis. He had been born into a wealthy Japanese family in 1907, and they were financially able to fund private compositional tuition. That did not always prove successful with influences that seemed to take him down paths not suited to his temperament, his first Germanic phase soon followed by a French-Russian period that eventually gave way to Schoneberg’s atonality. Several competition successes in Japan brought him recognition in the late 1930’s, only for the Second World War to intervene. The end of the conflict saw a further deterioration in his health, and he ‘retired’ to rural Japan where he continued to



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