MUSIC FROM JAPAN WORKS INFORMATION


Composer Name: Toshiro Mayuzumi

Composition Name: Kinkakuji

Composition Date:                       1976 
Configuration:                         Opera
Featured Instrument:                   Mixed Chorus
Japanese Instrument(s):                Y
Length:                                FLEX
Players:                               FLEX
Version (Original/Revised):            O
MFJ Presented:                         Y

Recording Title:                       Cassette
Label Name:                            None
Recording Format:                      Audio cassette
Commercial/Non-Commercial:             N
Solo/Compilation:                      S
Item Number:                           1
Number of Copies:                       1 

Recording Title:                       Opera Kinkakuji
Released:                              1993
Performers:                            Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, Hiroyuki Iwaki, cond.
Label Name:                            Fontec
Recording Format:                      Compact Disc
Commercial/Non-Commercial:             C
Recording (American/Japanese/Other):   J
Release (American/Japanese/Other):     J
Solo/Compilation:                      S
Item Number:                           FOCD-3282
Comments:                              Original Novel by Yukio Mishima, Libretto by Klaus H. Henneberg

MFJ Performance Information:
Venue:                                 New York State Theater
City:                                  New York
Date:                                  
Performers:                            NYCO Orch. & Chorus/Joseph Colaneri
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           The New York Times
Title:                                 "The Happening of an Opera Waiting to.."
Author/Critic:                         Lindsley Cameron
Publication Date:                      10/15/95
Synopsis:                              Background on 'Kinkakuji' with quotes from Donald Keene, Mayuzumi,
                                       Naoyuki Miura and Jerome Sirlin.
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           Newsday
Title:                                 "Youth, Arson And Inarticulate Rage"
Author/Critic:                         Justin Davidson
Publication Date:                      10/15/95
Synopsis:                              Background on the novel, the making of the City Opera production,
                                       the composer's thoughts on the music & libretto, and the appeal of the
                                       opera for Naoyuki Miura.
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           Philadelphia Inquirer
Title:                                 High aims do not make for theatrical...
Author/Critic:                         Daniel Webster
Publication Date:                      10/23/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "...Mayuzumi's Buddhist setting casts a spell over the opera...the
                                       work's high aims don't do much to create a theatrical impact...
                                       staging is the most theatrical part."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           Newsday
Title:                                 "'Kinkakuji' Strikes Out"
Author/Critic:                         Justin Davidson
Publication Date:                      10/24/95
Reaction:                              Negative
Synopsis:                              Libretto failed to convey the novel's power; production "did little to
                                       flesh out the work's ellipses"; music "sounded oddly like Berg with a
                                       touch of Revueltas"; Perry lacked sufficient "venom" and "warmth"
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           The Japan Times Weekly
Title:                                 "The Masterpiece of Mishima & Mayuzumi"
Publication Date:                      10/28/95
Synopsis:                              Interview with Toshiro Mayuzumi focusing on Mishima and 'Kinkakuji'
Origin (American/Japanese):            J
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           The Japan Times Weekly
Title:                                 "The Golden Temple"
Author/Critic:                         Yoichi C. Shimatsu
Publication Date:                      10/28/95
Synopsis:                              Summary of Yukio Mishima's 'Temple of the Golden Pavilion'
Origin (American/Japanese):            J
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           The Japan Times Weekly
Title:                                 "Music From Japan"
Publication Date:                      10/28/95
Synopsis:                              Interview with Naoyuki Miura focusing on the American Premiere of
                                       'Kinkakuji'
Origin (American/Japanese):            J
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           The Wall Street Journal
Title:                                 "Tuneful Arson: Mishima Novel Set to..."
Author/Critic:                         Heidi Waleson
Publication Date:                      10/31/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "The opera captures the novel's atmosphere of obsession, if not its
                                       textured, cumulative power."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        A

Publication:                           Opera News
Title:                                 "A View From the West"
Author/Critic:                         Michael Walsh
Publication Date:                      10/95
Synopsis:                              "'Kinkakuji' is a flawed but necessary first step in an evolutionary
                                       process that ought to be...as fascinating as that undergone by
                                       American composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries..."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           The New York Times
Title:                                 "Resurrecting a Daydream of the..."
Author/Critic:                         Bernard Holland
Publication Date:                      11/16/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "'Kinkakuji is not a profound success, but what it does it does
                                       fairly well. Its only failure, if there is one, is as a truly
                                       Japanese opera."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           New York Native
Title:                                 Music Review
Author/Critic:                         Bruce-Michael Gelbert
Publication Date:                      11/20/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "The first Japanese opera composed in Western style...Vivid sensual
                                       images abounded...The commitment of cast and conductor to realizing
                                       the elusive opus cannot...be denied."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           Village Voice
Title:                                 "Kinky Production"
Author/Critic:                         Leighton Kerner
Publication Date:                      11/21/95
Reaction:                              Positive
Synopsis:                              "City Opera's U.S. Premiere of Toshiro Mayuzumi's 'Kinkakuji' was
                                       bravely sung, well acted, excitingly played in the pit, and
                                       destructively staged and designed."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           New York Post
Title:                                 'Golden Pav.' seems somewhat tarnished
Author/Critic:                         Shirley Fleming
Publication Date:                      11/3/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "The musical action is all in the orchestra, which is colorful and
                                       emphatic...A fine cast took part...The Greek-style chorus acquitted
                                       itself admirably and conductor Joseph Colaneri gave the work his all."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           New York
Title:                                 "Mishima and the Temple of Doom"
Author/Critic:                         Peter G. Davis
Publication Date:                      11/6/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "The City Opera gives 'Kinkakuji' a thoughtful and well-executed
                                       production, but the piece amounts to little more than an abstraction,
                                       and a pretty deadly one at that."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           The Westsider
Title:                                 Mishima Mishmash Illuminated by Genius..
Author/Critic:                         Bill Zakariasen
Publication Date:                      11/8/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "'Nirvana Symphony' is a fabulous piece of music whose sounds are
                                       echoed in 'Kinkakuji'...Jerome Sirlin...has created a show that must
                                       be seen to be believed...Most of the performance must be heard..."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           San Francisco Examiner
Title:                                 Keene's N.Y. Opera Legacy
Author/Critic:                         Allan Ulrich
Publication Date:                      12/8/95
Reaction:                              Neutral
Synopsis:                              "Mayazumi's musical style is bewilderingly familiar...the production
                                       is handsome, but bewildering...The company...attempts 'Kinkakuji' with
                                       exceptional commitment."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A

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