Joe Hisaishi is responsible for some of the more memorable soundtracks for today's family classics. Movies such as the 2003 Academy Award winner (for best animated feature film)"Spirited Away," and other family favorites like "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Kiki's Delivery Service," can pay their debt to this man for giving them their musical soul.
Hisaishi's ability to write symphonic tracks that appeal to both children and adults alike is a unique ability. The music on the Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite CD will easily find ubiquity among both crowds of classical and popular music.
Each track contains its own feelings, and each note reflects a moment in the film. There isn't a song on this CD that cannot be instantly framed to a part in the movie. This is one of those albums that you can listen to straight through. Joe Hisaishi perfectly articulates screen to sheet in the way that only he can.
I know a lot of buyers might be wondering why Joe Hisaishi used The Czech Philharmonic for the symphohic suite instead of the original Tokyo Philharmonic. But don't be alarmed, the Czech players give the music a unique European touch that flows through-and-through with the film, original OST (Original Soundtrack), and overall theme of man vs. nature. After hearing the symphonic suite I would have to agree with Hisaishi San's choice of spice.
All in all, I would have to say that this CD is an essential for both fans of soundtracks, anime, and classical music alike.