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AKUTAGAWA: Ellora Symphony / Trinita Sinfonica / Rhapsody. Naxos 8.555975

Conductor: Takuo Yuasa

Orchestra(s): New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Yasushi Akutagawa was a leading figure not only in Japanese music but general
culture, whose compositions embraced many genres and fields. The 1948 Trinita
Sinfonica, characterised by catchy melodies and light-footed ostinatos, was
composed during his 'Sino-Soviet' period (1947-1957) when cultural
exchanges with the USSR and China brought him into contact with the music of
Shostakovich and Kabalevsky, among others. The Ellora Symphony, a savage
bacchanal based on erotic visions of pagan India, belongs to
Akutagawa's second creative period (1958-1967), when he embraced the new
avant-garde trends promoted by Mayuzumi and Takemitsu. In the 1971 Rapsodia,
Akutagawa returns to his compositional starting point of ostinato, lyricism and
dynamism, only occasionally using avantgarde techniques. The composer himself
describes the work as music in which a witch waves a short wand, transforming a
Japanese-style Adagio into a fierce Allegro.

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