The World of Nagauta 1
Nagauta or 'Long Song' developed mostly in Kabuki theatre and is the most important form of music used for Kabuki dance. Kagami Jishi is a famous nagauta based Kabuki dance.
1. Kagami Jishi 2. Sankatsu Michiyuki (Sankatsu Michiyuki`s Double Suicide)
The World of Nagauta 2
Three more Kabuki dances.
1. Yoshiwara Suzume (Sparrows In Yoshiwara) 2. Oimatsu (Old Pine Tree) 3. Kimi No Niwa (In Your Garden)
ROSETAYU TOYOTAKE, SEIJI TSURUSAWA
Sanjusangendo Munagi no Yurai - Gidayu by Rosetayu Toyotake and Seiji Tsurusawa
Rosetayu Toyotake (born 1965) won the 2013 Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award, and is considered to be the new leading tayu (vocalist who recites the gidayu script of bunraku plays). In Bunraku, the tayu uses his vocal virtuosity to recite the puppet characters and the narrative descriptions of the scenes. He is accompanied by Seiji Tsurusawa on shamisen, a Living National Treasure. Performed July 2013 in Tokyo. Comes with English liner notes.
ICHIKAWA SHINNOSUKE VI, ONOE KIKUNOSUKE IV, ONOE TATSUNOSUKE I
Kabuki - Most Famous Actors Famous Scenes Vol. 1
Released to coincide with the opening of the new Kabukiza in Tokyo on April 2nd, Recordings of Kabuki stars performing classic scenes.
1. Kanjincho / Shinnosuke (Danjuro) Ichikawa, Kikunosuke (Kikugoro) Onoe, Tatsunosuke Onoe I 2. Narukami / Tatsunosuke Onoe I, Kikunosuke (Kikugoro) Onoe
ICHIKAWA UZAEMON, ONOE KIKUNOSUKE IV, ICHIKAWA UZAEMON XV, ICHIKAWA SADANJI II
Kabuki - Most Famous Actors Famous Scenes Vol. 2
1. Terakoya / Shoroku Onoe II, Hazaemon Ichikawa, Kikunosuke (Kikugoro) Onoe, Umeyuki Onoe 2. Kireare Yozo / Umeyuki Onoe XV (original 78 recording) 3. Sanin Yoshizo / Hazaemon Ichikawa XV 4. Toribeyama Shinju / Sadanji Ichikawa II (original 78 recording).
NAKAMURA KICHIEMON I, ICHIKAWA UZAEMON XV, MATSUMOTO KOSHIRO VII, ICHIKAWA SADANJI II, ICHIKAWA ENNOSUKE II, NAKAMURA GANJIRO I
Kabuki - Most Famous Actors Famous Scenes Vol. 3
Old recordings from 78s released onto CD of classic kabuki scenes.
1. Kawachiyama / Kichiemon Nakamura I 2. Kanadehon Chushingura (Scene 7) / Hazaemon Ichikawa XV 3. Shiranami Gonin Otoko / Koshiro Matsumoto VII, Hazaemon Ichikawa XV 4. Shuzenji Monogatari / Sadanji Ichikawa VII 5. Suzugamori / Hazaemori Ichikawa XV 6. Kiri Ichiyo / Umeyuki Ichikawa XV 7. Onnagoroshi Abura Jigoku / Ennosuke Ichikawa II 8. Shinchuten Tsunashima / Ganjiro Nakamura I
ONOE KIKUGORO VI, NAKAMURA GANJIRO I, ICHIKAWA SADANJI II, MATSUMOTO KOSHIRO VII
Kabuki - Most Famous Actors Famous Scenes Vol. 4
All originally 78 recordings, released onto CD.
1. Benten Kozo / Kikugoro Onoe VI 2. Ise Ondo / Ganjiro Nakamura I 3. Fuingiri / Ganjiro Nakamura I 4. Banmachi Sarayashiki / Sadanji Ichikawa II 5. Yoshitsune Senbonzakura / Nobuwaka Minorikawa 6. Kumagai Jinya / Koshiro Matsumoto VII
Kabuki - Most Famous Actors Famous Scenes Vol. 5
Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki (Strange Tales of the Crescent Moon, 1807-1811) was written by the Edo period gesaku Kyokutei Bakin, and illustrated by Hokusai Katsushika. This was adapted for the Kabuki stage by the well known author, poet, playwright, Yukio Mishima in 1969, the year of this recording of this version. An historical document.
KIKUGORO ONOE GEKIDAN ONGAKUBU
Kuromisu - Kabuki's Offstage Music. A Selection of 110 Melodies (3 CDs)
Kuromisu is the name of the small room, located stage right hidden from the audience, at a Kabuki performance, and the name of the music performed in Kabuki theatre. Kuromisu (literally black bamboo curtains) is enclosed by black boards and from within the room, musicians play nagauta, to enhance the performance by matching the timing of the actors with their large and small drums, as a kind of sound effects. These might include sounds of nature such as thunder or rain. This CD is of 110 tunes conveying emotions, state of minds, etc..of the story, performed by the backing group of the kabuki actor Kikugoro Onoe. Comes with English liner notes. Listen to 10 tracks by clicking on the Listen link below.
1. Kazoe-uta 2. Tsukuda Aikata 3. Fune Wa Dete Yuku 4. Sugagaki 1 5. Sugagaki 2 6. Dote No Chochin 7. Yozakura 8. Harete Kumoma 9. Mokugyo Iri Aikata 10. Takasago No Jisama To Basama 11. Tonari Kaki No Ki 12. Misaki Odori 13. Iso No Na 14. Oki Wa Nagiyote 15. Kodama Aikata 16. Hakone Hachiri 17. Kotouta (Ose Ureshiki) 18. Murozaki No 19. Kagen / Kangen 20. Hana No Konoma 21. Toyama Yukiyama 22. Miya Kagura Aikata 23. Daibyoshi Iri Aikata 24. Kin Iri Aikata 25. Gakanji Aikata 26. Shiranami No 27. Tada Aikata (Tadaai) 28. Sansagari Hayame Aikata 29. Edo De Kameido 30. Mukai Koyama 31. Ono Ga Sugata 32. Kasai Nenbutsu Aikata 33. Yotsudake Bushi (Higashi Kazusa) 34. Yoshiwara Sawagi (Okurimashoka) 35. Sono Te De Fukami E 36. Yami No Yo 37. Shigesa Shigesa
1. Utairi Odoriji (Hana Ni Asobaba) 2. Odoriji 3. Chidori Aikata 1 4. Chidori Aikata 2 5. Seri Aikata 6. Yokagura Aikata 7. Sofuren Aikata 8. Shisha Ni Aremasu 9. Tsuite Kuryaru Na 10. Yube Yume Mita 11. Yatai Bayashi Aikata 12. Kiyari Kuzushi 13. Kiyari Uta (Shimero Yare) 14. Hito Ni Taterare 15. Satsumasa 16. Tokaebisu Aikata 17. Anahori Aikata 18. Shofudatsuki Aikata 19. Tentsutsu 20. Yoneyama Jinku 21. Oimawashi Aikata 22. Chu No Mai Aikata 23. Midare Iri Aikata 24. Jo No Mai Aikata 25. Konoha Aikata 26. Odaiko Iri Yamanba Aikata 27. Dontappo 28. Daisho Iri Aikata 29. Ishidan Aikata 30. Mutsu No Hana Aikata 31. Chuya Aikata 32. Ransen Wazawai Aikata 33. Matsu Yoi 1 34. Matsu Yoi 2 35. Haya Mokugyo Aikata 36. Jizo Kyo - Kimyo Chorai 37. Sange Sange
1. Netori Aikata 2. Tsuyu Wa Obana 3. Shinobi Sanju 4. Monogi Aikata 1 5. Monogi Aikata 2 6. Amatsu Namikaze Aikata 7. Hizen Bushi 8. Shinobue Iri Aikata (Shinoiri) 9. Maku Sanju 10. Rokudan Aikata 11. Sankyoku Aikata 12. Yachiyo Jishi Aikata 1 13. Yachiyo Jishi Aikata 2 14. Hatsuzuki Aikata 15. Dokugin - Matsukaze No 16. Dokugin - Chichi Yo Haha Yo To 17. Dokugin - Aiyadori Suru 18. Dokugin - Kakiokuru 19. Rokudanme Tada Aikata 20. Tadauta (Kokoro Nokoshite) 21. Kanuta 22. Kanuta Ninoku 23. Hinaburi Aikata 24. Dozo Kanaete 25. Shinnai Nagashi 26. Shinnai Maebiki 27. Yuki Aikata (Yukiai) 28. Mushi No Aikata 29. Biwa Aikata 30. Honchoshi Aikata 1 31. Honchoshi Aikata 2 32. Kawatta Aikata 1 33. Kawatta Aikata 2 34. Saigyo Zakura Aikata 35. Shichome Kuzushi Aikata 36. Tsukuda Bushi (Fukeyo Kawakaze)
Onoe Kikugoro VI
Onoe Kikugoro VI Kabuki Meibamenshu
Rare recording originally recorded and released as a 78rpm, recorded between 1922 and 1923, by the very popular Kabuki actor Kikugoro Onoe VI.
1. Aotozoushi Hana no Nishiki e (Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami) Hamamatsuya Misesaki no Ba
2. Kami no Megumi wa Gouno Torikumi (Megumi no Kenka) Takidashi Kisaburou nai no Ba)
3. Tsuyu Kodode Mukashi Hachijo. Kamiyui Shinza Kamyui Shinza nai no Ba
4. Soga Moyou Tateshi no Goshozome (Oya Yuzuri Gosho no Gorozou) Gojou Zaka de Ai no Ba
YOUJI ISSO, HISAYUKI ISSO, YUKIMASA ISSO, DAIGORO FUJITA AND OTHERS
Kanze-ryu Mai no Hayashi (4 CDs)
Recorded and originally released on LP in 1976. Hayashi, the instrumentalists for the Kanze school of Noh. Music performed by National Treaures and the very top artists of the time; fue -flute- from the Isso school, kotsuzumi -shoulder drum- from the Kou School, otsuzumi - hip drum- from theTakayasu school, and taiko- stick drum- from the Konparu school.
TSUDAYU TAKEMOTO III
Tsudayu Takemoto III Gidayu Masterpieces (5 CDs)
Tsudayu Takemoto III [1869-1941] is considered one of the three master gidayu narrators along with Tosadayu VI and Toyotake Yamashiro no Shojo. In bunraku, puppet theatre, the gidayu describes situations and speaks the dialogue. It is a powerful and dramatic vocal style expressing a range of emotions. These are old, precious recordings of classic repertoire by a true master.
1. Igagoe Dochu Sugoroku [Numazu no Dan] 2. Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Terakoya'/> 3. Chikagoro Kawara no Aibiki [Sarumawashi no Dan] 4. Kanadehon Chushingura <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Rokudanme'/> 5. Yoshitsune Senbonzakura [Sushiya no Dan] 6. Ehon Taikoki [Amagasaki no Dan]
Kabuki no Hayashi
Hayashi is the musical accompaniment of kabuki music, consisting of flute and percussion. It is an integral part of a kabuki performance and there has been no greater hayashi performer than Kisaku Katada, a living national treasure. 40 excerpts of music from some famous kabuki plays.
1. (1)Sagariha 2. (2)Okina Okuri 3. (3) Momidashi 4. (4)Sanbasou 5. (5) Midarenagaji 6. (6)Suzu No Dan 7. (1)Wazawai 8. (2)Tsukkake 9. (3)Shurabayashi 10. (4)Kodama 11. (5)Taki Nagashi 12. (6)Hayamai 13. (1)Mari 14. (2)Oso Zuke 15. (3)A Dama 16. (3)B Dama 17. (3)C Dama 18. (4)Anba 19. (5)Chobokure 20. (6)Sawagi 21. (1)Shirabe 22. (2)Shidai 23. (3) Takano Icchou 24. (4)Gaku 25. (5)Deha 26. (1)Chuu No Mai 27. (2)Ranbyoushi 28. (3)Kyuu No Mai 29. (4)Ennen No Mai 30 (5)Nidanme 31. (6)Taiko Iri Chuu No Mai 32. (7)Sandanme 33. (1)Kakeri 34. (2)Notto 35. (3)Jinori 36. (4)Namigashira 37. (5)Hayafue 38. (1)Isse Ichidan 39. (2)Runjo 40. (3)Kurui Godan
Hagoromo, Kinuta - Hisao Kanze Plays Two Noh - Drama Masterpieces (2 CDs)
Archive recording of performances by Hisao Kanze (1925-1978), one of the greatest shite performers of Noh (main character actors). CD 1 is a live recording of Kinuta, performed at the Orsay Theatre in Paris in 1976 organised by French actor Jean-Louis Barrault who was friends with Kanze. CD 2 is of Hagoromo performed in Tokyo in 1969.
UMEKICHI KIYOMOTO IV
Umekichi Kiyomoto IV Shigei no Sekai (2 CDs)
Greatest performances of Kiyomoto Bushi and Toumei Bushi by Umekichi Kiyomoto IV recorded between 1960 and 1966. Accompanied by shamisen. 2 CDs.
Disc 1: 1. Sumidagawa 2. Touge no Banzai 3. Haru no Tori
Disc 2 : 1. Onatsu Kyoran 2. Origami 3. Hyotan 4. Ume
UMEKICHI KIYOMOTO IV
Umekichi Kiyomoto IV Shigei no Sekai Vol. 2 (2 CDs)
More great performances of Kiyomoto Bushi and Toumei Bushi by Umekichi Kiyomoto IV recorded between 1960 and 1966. Accompanied by shamisen, 2 CDs.
Disc 1: 1. Sogakiku 2. Matsu no Isao 3. Hana no Kokoro
Disc 2 : 1. Gishimochi 2. Tanishi 3. Toumeijishi 4. Shiki Tanka (Shunka Shutou)
(78 Archive) Meiyu Tachi ni Yoru Kabuki - Meibamen Shu - Kabuki by the Greatest Actors, Best Scene Collection.
Seven performances by the greatest Kabuki actors from the early Showa period, from the early 1920s until the beginnings of the second world war. Music taken from old SPs (78s).
1. Kanjincho (Hazaemon Ichimura XV, Koshiro Matsumoto VII) 2. Sannin Kichizo (Hazaemon Ichimura XV, Kanya Morita XIII) 3. Kumoni Mgou Ueno no Hatsuhana (Kichiemon Nakamura I, Kojaku Ichikawa, Kichinojo Ichikawa 4. Otoni, Yosaburo (Hazaemon Ichimura XV, Umeyuki Onoe VI, Matsusuke Onoe IV) 5. Kanadehon Chushingura (Koshiro Matsumoto VII, Sojuro Sawamura VII, Kanya Morita XIII, Kosuke Sukedakaya, Chidori Sawamura) 6. Chuya Maruhashi (Sadanji Ichikawa II, Sumizo Ichikawa VI, Kojiro Ichikawa III) 7. Koi Hikyaku Yamato Ourai (Ganjiro Nakamura I, Kaisha Nakamura I, Fukusuke Nakamura IV, Ichizo Ichikawa IV, Hakotora Ichikawa II)
Kineya is one of the great names of Nagauta (long song) that accompanied kabuki theatre. On this CD, two brothers, Hiromitsu Kineya on shamisen and Toshimi, singer and hayashi, perform two classic and complex nagauta tunes.
Masataro Imafuji Collection (5) - Noh, Kyogen
Masataro Imafuji comes from a long line of shamisen players of nohgaku and kyogen music. This is volume 5 in an ongoing series of the greatest songs and compositions.
1. Funawatashi-muko 2. Nohgaku-bayashi ni yoru Kumikyoku
Joryu Gidayu Komanosuke Takemoto no Sekai (11 CDs)
11 CD box set from a Living National Treasure, the female gidayu recitation artist Komanosuke Takemoto. Gidayubushi was founded by Takemoto Gidayu (1651-1714) in Osaka. Gidayu helped to create the great puppet play called bunraku. Gidayu is thought of as one of the most difficult traditional forms of music as the singer must have great stamina and be a melodramatic actor. In the ealy 19th century female joruri flourished at the small yose theatres. Komanosuke Takemoto has carried on this tradition with much acclaim.
ISHIRO YOSHIMURA IX
One of three new releases in the excellent Archive Noisless series, recorded in 1938 and 1939. Ishiro Yoshimura IX (1901-1973) (who later became Ijuro Yoshimura VII) is credited with bringing many new fans to nagauta in the 20th century with his sensitive singing style. He is accompanied by shamisen and hayashi. Echigojishi (The Echigo Lion Dancer) is one of the most famous nagauta pieces.
ISHIRO YOSHIMURA IX
Kanjincho is not only one of the most popular kabuki plays, but the music is also one of the most famous in the nagauta repertroire. The ensemble sits at the back of the stage, an imitation of the stage of the classical noh theatre with a painting of a pine tree. The music comes from famous scenes, such as the reconciliation of Benkei and Yoshitsune, and the livelier music during the battle scenes.
ISHIRO YOSHIMURA IX
Kyo Kanoko Musume Dojoji
Nagauta (Long Song) developed mostly within Kabuki theatre in Edo. Nagauta is a lyrical form with poetic texts. Kyo Kanoko Musume Dojoji (The Girl at Dojoji Temple) is another of the most famous repertroire. The story centres on Dojoji temple in Wakayama Prefecture, the subject of a famous legend, and a priest named Anchin who stopped at the house of a man who jokingly told his daughter Kiyohime that one day Anchin would become her husband. There is a famous scene of a dance in front of a new bell at the shrine, the dancer being the ghost of Kiyohime, who had destroyed the original bell. The music is in slow sections, describing the reasons to resent the temple bell, and becomes livelier and rhythmical to accompany the various dances.
Omoshiro Nippon 1 - Kyogen
New series highlighting the witty side of Japanese traditional music. Born in 1931, Mansaku Nomura is one of Japan's leading kyogen actors, the son of the late Manzo Nomura (a Living National Treasure) and grandson of another great Manzo Nomura. His son is the popular Mansai Nomura, who now has his own son to continue the family kyogen dynasty. Kyogen is a theatrical art that has a history dating back some 600 years. Traditionally it was performed as comical interludes during noh performances but has developed as an independent art form. This CD acts as an introduction to kyogen with some of the most popular material with 11 famous amusing stories. 1.Yanagi no Shita 2.Nanatsu no Ko 3.Kai Zukushi 4.Kaido Kudari 5.Oharagi 6.Akatsuki 7.Usagi 8.Wakamatsu 9.Sumiyoshi 10.Taue 11.Utsubozaru
HIKOSABURO BANDO VI, KIKUGORO ONOE VI, SADANJI ICHIKAWA III
Kabuki Meizerifu Collection
A rare CD of kabuki, Japan's great theatrical tradition, featuring a collection of famous lines from various stories.
1.Benten Musume Ono Shiranami (Hamamatsu-ya) 2.Benten Musume Ono Shiranami (Inasegawa Seizoroi) 3.Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma (Suzugamori) 4.Sannin Sankichi Kuruwa no Hatsukai (Ookawabata Deai) 5.Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachijo (Kamiyui Shinza) 6.Yohanasake Ukina no Yokogushi (Genjidana) 7.Ten ni Magou Ueno no Hatsunana (Kouchiyama).
KIKUGORO GEKIDAN ONGAKU-BU
Kuromisu - Kabuki's Offstage Music - A Selection of 110 Melodies
Monumental album of 3 CDs 120 tracks with English liner notes. Described as the best of kabuki bgm- the music used in kabuki in various situations and scenes. The musicians are the backing group for the kabuki actor Kikugoro Onoe.
MOTOMASA KANZE & MOTOAKI KANZE
Kanze Ryu Kouta Collection
Noh- the medeival Japanese theatre, that thrived during the Muromachi period, 1333-1568. Solemn, dignified, magnificent in its simplicity. This CD features 27 pieces of musical accompaniment from the Kanze Ryu school. The music is peformed in some of noh's most famous plays including Takasago, Tsure Kame, Hagoromon, Yoshino Tenjin, Eguchi, Funa Benkei, Sumiyoshi Moude, Hashi benkei, Kosode Soga and Kumano.
Music of The Noh Theatre
Various Japanese 'national treasures' perform an entire Noh play. Rather hard going as a listening experience.
TAKEMOTO TSUDAYU, TAKEZAWA DANSHICHI
Music of The Bunraku Theatre
Japanese classical puppet theatre, or Gidayu-bushi, the musical element.