Thursday, December 06, 2012

Joe Hisaishi: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

These days there are a plethora of concerts featuring great film and video game music being performed all over the world.  Many of them I truly wish I was able to attend, but there is one, above just about all others, that I've desired to see for years....and the only way to do so has been via a Japanese released Blu-ray entitled, Joe Hisaish in Budokan: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert.

The cost of this release managed to keep my trusty credit card in its sheath, but just today, I stumbled across this concert on Youtube, and so am excited to share it with you now.  Perhaps you've never heard of this concert or have, like me, been waiting for it to come down in price.  In either case, we have a great chance watch this concert online (for now).  So, if you have any affinity for Joe Hisaishi or marvelously large concerts, then you should be clicking the "play" button above as your next task for the day.

You'll find that  the quality of the video and sound is quite impressive, especially for Youtube,..but not nearly as impressive as the shear size of that orchestra and choir! And then there's the performance...

I have lost count as to how many times I got the ol' chills while watching this concert. Yes...we know Hisaishi-san's thematic material for Ghibli Studios quite well by now, but the range of force and passion to quiet, contemplative beauty captured here is truly remarkable. Selections from from Nausicaa, Ponyo, Laputa, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and other famous Ghibli films make this two-hour concert rapturous.

Now, I'm going to spare you a blow by blow review of this video, as it is meant to be experienced and not merely read about. Suffice it to say, I will be dropping the necessary dollars to acquire this Blu-ray, because seeing and hearing this on the home theater setup is only going to make this experience even better!

If you'd like to join me in that you can pick it up at the following outlets:


So what do you think of this?  Will you be picking it up on Blu-ray?

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