Music Composed by Toru Takemitsu
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Over a 60 year career director Akira Kurosawa's films have passed into cinematic legend and he retains his status as one of the most influential and preeminent film-makers of the 20th Century. Films such as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Kagemusha and his last great epic, Ran are all regarded as milestones in the history of celluloid. The latter, the most expensive film made in Japan up to its release in 1985 is loosely based on Japanese legend and Shakespeare's King Lear. Composer Toru Takemitsu ranks as highly in the echelons of Japanese music as Kurosawa in film with a prolific output of soundtracks alongside major music works and books. Commissioned on Kurosawa's instructions to deliver a score inspired by Mahler with up to 40 disparate takes of music, the spectral and eerie sounds capture perfectly the imagery on screen. Originally released as two separate suites of music this version includes those and adds a further 14 tracks of Takemitsu's score.
Toru Takemitsu - Suite Part 1
Toru Takemitsu - Suite Part 2
Toru Takemitsu - Opening Credits - Main Title
Toru Takemitsu - Kyouami / The First Castle / The Brave General's Bow
Toru Takemitsu - The Flute Orchestra
Toru Takemitsu - The Buddhist Praying Temple / The Last 110,000 and Hidetora / The Fury of Ootemon / The Second Castle
Toru Takemitsu - Hell's Picture Scroll
Toru Takemitsu - The Crimson Citadel / Surrendering the Castle – Desert of Madness
Toru Takemitsu - Tsurumaru's Flute / Azusa Castle In Ruins
Toru Takemitsu - Saburou's Army Arrives / Departing for the Front
Toru Takemitsu - Endless Hell / Escape
Toru Takemitsu - Tension In Yahatabara / Assault
Toru Takemitsu - The Battle of Yawatano
Toru Takemitsu - Lamentation / Chaos In the First Castle - Ujigabana / Illusions In the Sky
Toru Takemitsu - Attendance At the Funeral / Flute of Darkness
Toru Takemitsu - Ending Credits