Ran is the last epic of legendary director Akira Kurosawa, and it was soundtracked by Toru Takemitsu, one of Japan’s finest 20th century composers. Takemitsu engaged with the influence of Mahler on this score, but also brought in plenty of his own bold approaches to composition. This double LP release on Silva Screen is the first time this full version of the score has appeared on vinyl.
9/10 Richard Customer review, 24th March 2017
It may be worth noting that my love of this record is linked very much to my love of Kurosawa's epic film (which you really must see if you have not done so already - out on 4K blu-ray it is just stunning). The two suites that comprise sides 1 & 2 are gorgeous and create an atmosphere that is both beautiful yet full of suspense, just like the film.
Sides 3 & 4 feature the shorter clips from various scenes from the film and are also glorious. I love the way this record is laid out, so if you want to immerse yourself in the grandeur of it all then sides 1 & 2 do the trick, or a quick fix can be found among the 14 tracks that make up sides 3 & 4. I've got this on cd, and am sorely tempted to pick up this lush looking double LP version. Just wonderful!
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