Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Amidst all the acclamation that veteran musical Renaissance man Ryuichi Sakamoto has garnered in his extensive and varied career, a little-mentioned but nonetheless essential facet of his artistry is his dexterity as a concert pianist par excellence, which has been proven time and again in numerous onstage solo performances in diverse locations all over the world. For a stellar example of Sakamoto's painfully perfectionist ivory-tickling acumen, check out this devastatingly, emotionally stirring recital of his undelible theme from Nagisa Oshima's existentialist war epic 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence', during a 2005 jaunt.


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