The Conductor Series featuring Takashi Asahina conducting the Major Symphonies of Japan!
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Takashi Asahina conducts the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for this
performance of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony recorded live on September 3, 1980 at
St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.
Takashi Asahina (b. July 9, 1908—d. Dec. 29, 2001), was credited with
popularizing the Austro-German repertoire—especially Bruckner, Beethoven, and
Mahler—in Japan and had one of the longest careers of any conductor, remaining
professionally active virtually right up until his death at the age of 93. A
self-taught violinist, Asahina abandoned a legal career and worked as a
department-store clerk and a railroad engineer before apprenticing himself to
Russian conductor Emmanuel Metter in the early 1930s. Asahina made his
conducting debut in 1939 and founded the Kansai Symphony Orchestra (now the
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra) in 1947 and remained its musical director until he
For some, Takashi Asahina was "the Karajan of Japan"; for others, his eminence
was derived at least in part from his being the oldest conductor on the
international scene; for others yet, he was quite simply an excellent musician,
with a special sympathy for the classics of the Austro-German repertoire.
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) was formed in 1965, with Heinz
Hofmann as its first Permanent Conductor, as a part of a cultural promotion
project of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Since then, the orchestra has grown to become one of Japan’s foremost
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Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Takashi Asahina, conductor
|Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
|Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major (Original version)
1. Introduction: Adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio, Sehr Iangsam
1. Scherzo: Molto vivace, schnell
2. Finale: Adagio - Allegro moderato
Total playing time, 81:21
Recorded live on September 3, 1980 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.