A Different Nature playlist for 05/26/2014

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A Different Nature
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Akira IfukubeSuite from "King Kong vs. Godzilla" & "Mothra vs. Godzilla"The Best Of Godzilla 1954-1975GNP Crescendo Records
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Akira IfukubeJapanese Rhapsody (1935) 1.NocturneJapanese Orchestral FavouritesNaxos
Akira IfukubeZatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 12 - Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965 film)Homevision DVD
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Akira IfukubeGotama the Buddha, mvt. 2Symphonic Ode: Gotama The Buddha in the Pali Languageunknown
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Akira IfukubeSaigo Takamori/ReikoThe Last Samurai (1974 film)youtube clip
Akira IfukubeShine none ekashi nor shinotcha: song of an old woman (from "Eclogues after Epos Among the Ainu Races")Marie Kobayashi: Japanese Love SongsBIS
Akira IfukubePiano Suite-II.FĂȘte of VegaJapanese Contemporary MusicVienna Modern Masters
Akira IfukubeThe Battle of Toba-Fushimi/To EdoThe Last Samurai (1974 film)YouTube clip (multiple, simultaneously)
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Akira IfukubeThe Sea of Okhotsk (1958, rev.1988)unknownyoutube clip
Akira IfukubeToccata per ChitarraWorks for Guitar & Baroque LuteFontec
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Akira IfukubePipa Xing (for 25-string koto)Pipa XingCamerata
Akira Ifukube would have been 100 years old on May 31, 2014. Born on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, son of a Shinto priest, legend has it that Ifukube decided to become a composer at the age of 14 upon hearing a radio performance of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring".  Largely self-taught as a composer, Ifukube's big break came in 1935, when his first orchestral piece, "Japanese Rhapsody", won first prize in an international contest for young composers.  His first film score (End of the Silver Mountains) was in 1947. Over the next fifty years, he would compose more than 250 film scores, the most famous of which was his 1954 music for Ishiro Honda's "Godzilla". Ifukube also created Godzilla's trademark roar – produced by rubbing a resin-covered leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass. Despite his financial success as a film composer, Ifukube's first love had always been his work as a classical composer. His compositions for the two genres cross-fertilized each other.  Akira Ifukube died on February 8, 2006 at the age of 91.  On this installment of A Different Nature, we listened to examples of both Ifukube's film music and concert pieces.  host: Andy Hosch


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