Top positive review
impassioned from start to finish
on January 10, 2002
Stirring to the point where it has left me in tears, Mishima is one the most impassioned works I have ever heard. Even after numerous listens, I remain awe-struck by its magnificence.
I was completely enamored the first time I heard "Runaway Horses". Every time I listen to that particular track, I feel compelled to turn up the volume - allowing myself to be swept away...or at times, absolutely possessed....
From solemn to enchanting to intense, most tracks are striking samples of this masterwork. Philip Glass employs cellos, violins, percussion, guitars, organs, harps, chimes and other sounds/instruments which all work perfectly to Mishima's advantage. Glass's approach is thematic. His use of the central melody, transcripted and reworked many times resounds to make Mishima a highly accomplished score.
Highlights: Osamu's Theme, Runaway Horses, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Drawbacks: intermittent synth sounds detract from what could have been a glorious orchestral performance, 2 tracks strike me more as being extras rather than being integral elements to the score