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 Giottos fresco The Kiss of Judas, was Matsumuras last orchestral work.
Symphonies n°1 & n°2 - To the Night of Gethsemane / Ikuyo Kamiya, piano - RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - Takuo Yuasa, direction