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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: Nagasaki: Memories of My Son – Tokyo Philharmonic Orch./soloists – Milan

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: Nagasaki: Memories of My Son – Tokyo Philharmonic Orch./soloists – Milan

A beautiful and poignant score to a mostly unknown movie. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: Nagasaki: Memories of My Son – Tokyo Philharmonic Orch./soloists – Milan M2-37688, 57:32 (9/22/16) ***1/2: Ryuichi Sakamoto has a long and admirable resume of work in both the concert hall realm and, that for which he is best known; film scores. I have personally admired and enjoyed his music for many years going back to his score to Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (starring the great David Bowie), The Last Emperor (on which he collaborated with the gifted and eclectic David Byrne) and even the very recent The Revenant. He is known and respected both in Hollywood and in Japan as one of our very finest film composers. He was also an actor in some of the movies. I had never heard of the Japanese film, Nagasaki: Memories of My Son and, from what I can tell, it has not been released to video and – if shown in the United States – has been shown only in very limited release. The movie itself is, as the title implies, a piece that reflects on the emotional distress following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This […]