Sakamoto: For Mr Lawrence Piano Music

Sakamoto: For Mr Lawrence Piano Music
Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
Artist Jeroen van Veen piano
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 95389
EAN code 5028421953892
Release September 2019

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About this release

A comprehensive collection of Sakamoto’s instrumental songs and film music from a master of Minimalist piano.

Famed worldwide as a film composer, Ryiuchi Sakamoto began his career as a pianist, creating patterns, phrases and innovative arrangements before joining his first commercial electronic pop band in 1978, the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Around the same time, he worked on his first solo album, the Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto (1978), which blends up-to-date electronic techniques with an old-fashioned gift for good tunes. Riot in Lagos brought him fame beyond Japan, and he went on to work with many top producers of pop, dance and electro.

In 1983, Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence launched Sakamoto’s career as a film composer, which has gone from strength to strength with scores for The Last Emperor (1987) and The Revenant (2015). All these pieces feature in Jeroen van Veen’s survey, which is based on the best modern edition of these scores and often differs from Sakamoto’s own, partly improvised recordings.

Classical listeners will appreciate Sakamoto’s breadth of reference: to Chopin (Ubi), Bach (Andata, Solari), Glass (Bibo no Aozora), Satie (Opus), Brahms (Intermezzo) and Ravel (Bachata), for example. But his language of minimalist jazz is one enjoyed around the world as music that gives listeners the space to think and work and create for themselves.

‘Van Veen has a lovely, rounded, ringing, almost bell-like sound (highly appropriate for Pärt’s tintinnabuliations) and a wonderful sense of ebb and flow. Never does the music sound rushed in his hands, and more importantly never does it meander and lose its way... This may be the finest collection of his complete piano works available.’ (Fanfare, March/April 2015 on the complete piano music of Arvo Pärt, BC95053)

Ryuichi Sakamoto is an internationally renowned music composer, born in Tokyo, Japan in 1952. Over the last three decades he has worked on numerous collaborative, solo- and film albums, winning numerous awards for his contributions to the world music industry. Sakamoto found a particular appeal in electronic music, later experimenting with a number of genres such as New Wave, Ambient and Minimalism. Having been educated in ethnic music, particularly South Asian and African music, Sakamoto began his career playing the piano, creating patterns, phrases and innovative arrangements before finally joining his first commercial electronic pop band in 1978, called Yellow Magic Orchestra.
On this new recording Dutch pianist Jeroen van Veen plays covers of Sakamoto’s music, a unique experience that open the listener’s mind providing space to think and create.
Another ground breaking concept by Jeroen van Veen, who previously released immensely successful sets of music by Einaudi, Yiruma, Tiersen, Richter, Adams, Glass, Nyman and many more.
The extensive liner notes in the booklet are in both English and Italian.

Listening

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Fountain
  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Solitude Theme
  4. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Dancing in the Sky
  5. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Asience-fast Piano
  6. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Sheltering Sky Theme
  7. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Solari
  8. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Gohatto
  9. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Yamazaki 2002
  10. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Ubi
  11. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Andata
  12. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Aubade
  13. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Silk Endroll
  14. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Koko
  15. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Mizu no naka no bagatelle
  16. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Reversing
  17. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Stepfather
  18. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Shining Boy & Little Randy
  19. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Litany

Disk 2

  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Last Emperor, Version 1
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Last Emperor, Version 2
  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Seven Samurai - Ending Theme
  4. Ryuichi Sakamoto: High Heels Main Theme
  5. Ryuichi Sakamoto: M.A.Y. In the Backyard
  6. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Zero Landmine
  7. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Revenant- Main Theme
  8. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Tibetan Dance
  9. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Behind the Mask
  10. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Blu
  11. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Rain
  12. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Land Song-Music for Artelligent City
  13. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Dear Liz

Disk 3

  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Thousand Knives
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto: 1919
  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Batavia
  4. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Germination
  5. Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Hearty Breakfast
  6. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Before the War
  7. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Seed and The Sower
  8. Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Brief Encounter
  9. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Ride Ride Ride
  10. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Fight
  11. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Dismissed, Assembly
  12. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Beyond Reason
  13. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Sowing the Seed
  14. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Last Regrets
  15. Ryuichi Sakamoto: The Seed
  16. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Tong Poo
  17. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Happy End
  18. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Kai Koh
  19. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Gohatto
  20. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Dear Liz
  21. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Castalia

Disk 4

  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Amore
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Lost Child
  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus
  4. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Sonatine
  5. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Intermezzo
  6. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Lorentz and Watson
  7. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Choral No. 1
  8. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Choral No. 2
  9. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Bachata
  10. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Chanson
  11. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Distant Echo
  12. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Aqua
  13. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Energy Flow
  14. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Put Your Hands Up
  15. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Railroad Man

Disk 5

  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Eight Themes of Eight
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto: I have to Buy a New Pair of Shoes
  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto: On the Boat
  4. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Tamago 2004
  5. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Before Long
  6. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Loneliness
  7. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Perspective
  8. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Ex Jazz
  9. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Parolibre
  10. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Sweet Revenge
  11. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Tatorso
  12. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Tango
  13. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Bibo no Aozora
  14. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Floating Along
  15. Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Flower is not a Flower
  16. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Sayonara
  17. Ryuichi Sakamoto: High Tide