Matsumura: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

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Matsumura: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2



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1st Aug 2011




60 minutes


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Matsumura: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 2 for piano and orchestra

World Première Recording

Ikuyo Kamiya (piano)

To the Night of Gethsemane for chamber orchestra



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A contemporary of Toru Takemitsu, Teizo Matsumura combined European influences with Asian musical traditions. His tautly-constructed Symphony No. 1, a work of genuine power and intense sonic splendour, evokes the image of innumerable locusts swarming over the earth. Symphony No. 2, written over 30 years later and inspired by a poster of a pair of sumo-wrestler-like statues standing at the entrance to a famous Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan, is a soulful monologue of alternating sorrow and hope.

The richly expressive symphonic poem To the Night of Gethsemane, inspired by Giotto’s fresco The Kiss of Judas, was Matsumura’s last orchestral work.

Teizo Matsumura: Symphony No. 1

I. Andante

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Teizo Matsumura: Symphony No. 2

I. half note = 50

II. quarter note = 46

III. half note = 50

Teizo Matsumura: To the Night of Gethsemane

To the Night of Gethsemane

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