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MATSUMURA, T.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / To the Night of Gethsemane (Ireland RTE National Symphony, Takuo Yuasa)

Composer(s):Matsumura, Teizo
Artist(s) Yuasa, Takuo, Conductor • Ireland RTE National Symphony OrchestraKamiya, Ikuyo, piano
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570337
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


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. 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.


Review By,November 2011

Here, sorrow and hope coexist and alternate, each taking the place of the other for a time, only to return to the background as the other emotion comes equally strongly to the front. The blending of Buddhist and Christian feelings and emphases in Matsumura’s work allows a mixing of emotions as well, with hopefulness and something akin to despair—but not quite despairing—coexisting and periodically giving way to each other. Read complete review

Review By Record Geijutsu,February 2011



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