Part of the Takashi Asahina XRCD Legend Edition Collection!
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Takashi Asahina conducts the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for this performance of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony recorded live on September 3, 1980 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.
Takashi Asahina (b. July 9, 1908d. Dec. 29, 2001), was credited with popularizing the Austro-German repertoireespecially Bruckner, Beethoven, and Mahlerin Japan and had one of the longest careers of any conductor, remaining professionally active virtually right up until his death at the age of 93. A self-taught violinist, Asahina abandoned a legal career and worked as a department-store clerk and a railroad engineer before apprenticing himself to Russian conductor Emmanuel Metter in the early 1930s. Asahina made his conducting debut in 1939 and founded the Kansai Symphony Orchestra (now the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra) in 1947 and remained its musical director until he passed away.
For some, Takashi Asahina was "the Karajan of Japan"; for others, his eminence was derived at least in part from his being the oldest conductor on the international scene; for others yet, he was quite simply an excellent musician, with a special sympathy for the classics of the Austro-German repertoire.
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) was formed in 1965, with Heinz Hofmann as its first Permanent Conductor, as a part of a cultural promotion project of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games. Since then, the orchestra has grown to become one of Japans foremost professional orchestras.
2 XRCD24 Disc Set
Takashi Asahina Legend XRCD Edition
Made In Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Takashi Asahina, conductor
|Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)|
|Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major (Original version)|
|1. Introduction: Adagio - Allegro|
|2. Adagio, Sehr Iangsam|
|1. Scherzo: Molto vivace, schnell|
|2. Finale: Adagio - Allegro moderato|
Total playing time, 81:21
Recorded live on September 3, 1980 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.