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Joe Hisaishi|A Symphonic Celebration - Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki

A Symphonic Celebration - Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Joe Hisaishi, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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My Neighbour TotoroPrincess MononokeSpirited Away - people wonder at the magic of Studio Ghibli films far beyond their native Japan, within which the director Hayao Miyazaki recounts his stories in anime guise. But what would these films be without their soundtracks? Just like with Steven Spielberg and John Williams, Miyazaki has forged a unique artistic bond with the Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi that has lasted almost 40 years, with the latter’s compositions being instrumental in the films’ successes. Now we can discover his greatest Studio Ghibli hits re-recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - a first-class Deutsche Grammophon debut.

In 1983, the two artists made their first collaboration for the anime film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, for which Hisaishi would create “image music” (i.e. music that reflects the character and characters of the film or series). Miyazaki was so convinced by the music that, since the founding of Studio Ghibli in 1985, he was to underscore each of his films with Hisaishi’s compositions - to our eternal good fortune, because the pieces such as the waltz "Merry-Go-Round of Life" (from Howl’s Moving Castle), "A Town with an Ocean View" (from Kiki’s Delivery Service) or the touching "One Summer’s Day (The Name of Life)" (from Spirited Away) enchant the images as they appear on the big screen with very special magic. With a total of 29 tracks from 10 films, Hisaishi presents A Symphonic Celebration, with the crème de la crème of his Studio Ghibli works in all their diversity - as composer, conductor and pianist - newly arranged for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In fact, this is the first time that the film music of Princess Mononoke and Porco Rosso has been recorded with a professional world orchestra. During an interview, Hisashi tells us himself:

“We recorded the project last year in a church with a huge choir and orchestra, and that was really great. The orchestras in Europe somehow have a longer, fuller sound. Of course, the musicians in Japan are also highly professional, but in Vienna or London the feeling for the music is a bit different again.”

Whether it’s in Japan, Europe or America - with A Symphonic Celebration we can now enjoy Hisaishi’s wonderful and unique film music all over the world, and immerse ourselves fully in the fabulous stories of Miyazaki’s anime characters. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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A Symphonic Celebration - Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki

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1
Merry-Go-Round of Life (from 'Howl’s Moving Castle')
00:02:49

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cobb, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

2
One Summer's Day (The Name of Life) (English Version / from 'Spirited Away')
00:04:04

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Grace Davidson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wakako Kaku, Author - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

3
The Legend of the Wind (from 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind')
00:02:08

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

4
Nausicaä Requiem (from 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind')
00:01:11

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

5
The Battle between Mehve and Corvette (from 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind')
00:01:19

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

6
The Distant Days (from 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind')
00:01:47

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - James Day, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Tiffin Choirs, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

7
The Bird Man (from 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind')
00:03:45

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - James Day, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Tiffin Choirs, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

8
A Town with an Ocean View (from 'Kiki's Delivery Service')
00:03:58

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

9
Heartbroken Kiki (from 'Kiki's Delivery Service')
00:01:17

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

10
Mother’s Broom (from 'Kiki's Delivery Service')
00:03:49

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

11
The Legend of Ashitaka (from 'Princess Mononoke')
00:01:57

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

12
The Demon God (from 'Princess Mononoke')
00:02:16

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

13
Princess Mononoke (from 'Princess Mononoke')
00:03:13

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Grace Davidson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Hayao Miyazaki, Author - Mark Austin, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Satoshi Kubo, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

14
A Journey (A Dream of Flight) (from 'The Wind Rises')
00:02:17

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Avi Avital, Mandolin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

15
Nahoko (The Encounter) (from 'The Wind Rises')
00:00:40

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Avi Avital, Mandolin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

16
A Journey (A Kingdom of Dreams) (from 'The Wind Rises')
00:03:18

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Avi Avital, Mandolin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

17
Deep Sea Pastures (from 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea')
00:01:24

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

18
Mother Sea (from 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea')
00:03:26

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Grace Davidson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wakako Kaku, Author - Hayao Miyazaki, Author - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Satoshi Kubo, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

19
Ponyo's Sisters Lend a Hand - A Song for Mothers and the Sea (from 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea')
00:01:27

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

20
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (from 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea')
00:03:16

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Grace Davidson, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hayao Miyazaki, Author - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Katsuya Kondo, Author - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

21
Doves and the Boy (from 'Castle in the Sky')
00:00:58

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

22
Carrying You (from 'Castle in the Sky')
00:04:32

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - James Day, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Tiffin Choirs, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Satoshi Kubo, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

23
Bygone Days (from 'Porco Rosso')
00:04:26

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

24
Symphonic Variation "Merry-Go-Round + Cave of Mind" (from 'Howl’s Moving Castle')
00:12:06

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cobb, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

25
One Summer's Day (The Name of Life) (Japanese Version / from 'Spirited Away')
00:03:52

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wakako Kaku, Author - Mai Fujisawa, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

26
Reprise (from 'Spirited Away')
00:03:32

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mai Fujisawa, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mamiko Suzuki, Author

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

27
The Path of the Wind (from 'My Neighbor Totoro')
00:00:58

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

28
Hey Let's Go (from 'My Neighbor Totoro')
00:03:33

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Rieko Nakagawa, Author - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Tiffin Choirs, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

29
My Neighbor Totoro (from 'My Neighbor Totoro')
00:03:57

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Barry, Producer, Recording Producer - Joe Hisaishi, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, Orchestra Contractor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Bach Choir, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Hayao Miyazaki, Author - Mark Austin, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - Shigeki Fujino, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takeshi Muramatsu, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Tiffin Choirs, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - Satoshi Kubo, Chorus Director, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

Album review

My Neighbour TotoroPrincess MononokeSpirited Away - people wonder at the magic of Studio Ghibli films far beyond their native Japan, within which the director Hayao Miyazaki recounts his stories in anime guise. But what would these films be without their soundtracks? Just like with Steven Spielberg and John Williams, Miyazaki has forged a unique artistic bond with the Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi that has lasted almost 40 years, with the latter’s compositions being instrumental in the films’ successes. Now we can discover his greatest Studio Ghibli hits re-recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - a first-class Deutsche Grammophon debut.

In 1983, the two artists made their first collaboration for the anime film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, for which Hisaishi would create “image music” (i.e. music that reflects the character and characters of the film or series). Miyazaki was so convinced by the music that, since the founding of Studio Ghibli in 1985, he was to underscore each of his films with Hisaishi’s compositions - to our eternal good fortune, because the pieces such as the waltz "Merry-Go-Round of Life" (from Howl’s Moving Castle), "A Town with an Ocean View" (from Kiki’s Delivery Service) or the touching "One Summer’s Day (The Name of Life)" (from Spirited Away) enchant the images as they appear on the big screen with very special magic. With a total of 29 tracks from 10 films, Hisaishi presents A Symphonic Celebration, with the crème de la crème of his Studio Ghibli works in all their diversity - as composer, conductor and pianist - newly arranged for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In fact, this is the first time that the film music of Princess Mononoke and Porco Rosso has been recorded with a professional world orchestra. During an interview, Hisashi tells us himself:

“We recorded the project last year in a church with a huge choir and orchestra, and that was really great. The orchestras in Europe somehow have a longer, fuller sound. Of course, the musicians in Japan are also highly professional, but in Vienna or London the feeling for the music is a bit different again.”

Whether it’s in Japan, Europe or America - with A Symphonic Celebration we can now enjoy Hisaishi’s wonderful and unique film music all over the world, and immerse ourselves fully in the fabulous stories of Miyazaki’s anime characters. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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