Ryuichi Sakamoto - 1996

Ryuichi Sakamoto - 1996
Release Date:
June 4, 1996
Film Music, Soundtracks
Recording Date:
Recording Location:
Right Track Studios, NY

The album 1996 contains 12 pieces arranged for violin (Everton Nelson, David Nadien, or Barry Finclair), cello (Jaques Morelenbaum), and piano (Ryuichi Sakamoto), including both new compositions and music used in the soundtracks to The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Sheltering Sky, and High Heels. The music is for the most part restrained and reflective, as Sakamoto makes use of the contrasting timbres of the chamber instrumentation, mixing melodic and rhythmic effects soothingly (the exceptions being the more quick-moving "M.A.Y. in the Backyard" and "1919," which uses a barely audible voice and staccato playing to stirring effect).

A Day a Gorilla Gives a Banana / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto1:40
Rain (I Want a Divorce) / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto3:38
Bibo No Aozora / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto6:36
The Last Emperor / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto5:53
1919 / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto6:22
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto4:46
M.A.Y. in the Backyard / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto4:24
The Sheltering Sky Theme / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto4:33
A Tribute to N.J.P. / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto3:17
High Heels (Main Theme) / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto3:18
Aoneko No Torso / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto2:32
The Wuthering Heights / Ryuichi SakamotoRyuichi Sakamoto5:20

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