TEIZO MATSUMURA (1929-2007): Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, To the Night of Gethsemane for Chamber Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 09N061
Description: Despite the claim that Matsumura's music represents a post-European, expressly Asian idiom, this refers more to form than vocabulary, as there is very little emulation of the scales and sounds of Japanese music. Both symphonies are impressively powerful, intense works; their symphonic form results more from their sense of evolving argument and deft handling of large forces and scope of content than the themes and key-relationships of western tradition; if this makes them more like triptychs of contrasting, evocative and tightly constructed tone-poems, so be it. The result is quite Romantic-sounding, with colorful, impressionistic touches to the orchestration. The much more recent second, depicting a pair of guardian statues characteristic of Buddhist temples, is noticeably more tonal than the first. His final orchestral work, Gethsemane is even more so, with an almost Sibelian texture and sense of organic flow. Ikuyo Kamiya (piano), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Takuo Yuasa.