Legendary Studio Ghibli Composer Joe Hisaishi Announces New Album ‘Songs of Hope: The Essential Joe Hisaishi Vol.2’

Joe Hisaishi has announced his new album, ‘Songs of Hope: The Essential Joe Hisaishi Vol. 2’, alongside the release of its first single ‘HANA-BI’. The album is available to pre-order now, and you can also listen to ‘HANA-BI’ here.

Following the massive success of Dream Songs: The Essential Joe Hisaishi (Vol. 1), this new album features even more of Hisaishi’s greatest hits from iconic films including Spirited Away and Porco Rosso, orchestral works and solo piano recordings, plus two brand-new recordings: ‘Kids Return’, and ‘HANA-BI’.

Joe Hisaishi has won countless awards for his achievements in composition and film scoring. He is eight-time winner of the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music; he was awarded the Japan Medal of Honour in 2009; and he has composed soundtracks for two Academy Award-winning films, ‘Departures’ (2008) and ‘Spirited Away’ (2002).

Hisaishi’s body of work, comprised of nearly 100 film scores and solo albums, draws inspiration from the canon of American minimal music compositions, experimental electronic music, and European and Japanese classical music. He has scored all but one of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films, including three of the top five highest-grossing anime films worldwide.

TRACKLIST:

DISC 1

1. ANGEL DOLL
2. la pioggia
3. il porco rosso
4. Lost Sheep on the bed
5. FOR YOU
6. White Night
7. DA-MA-SHI-E
8. Departures -memory-
9. TWO OF US
10. Rain Garden
11. Friends
12. Summer
13. Les Aventuriers
14. Kids Return

 

DISC 2

15. Links
16. VIEW OF SILENCE
17. Nocturne
18. Silence
19. MKWAJU 1981-2009
20. Ashitaka and San
21. The Rain
22. DEAD for Strings, Perc., Harpe and Piano: 1. D.e.a.d
23. Tango X.T.C.
24. The Little House
25. HANA-BI
26. Silencio de Parc Güell
27. WAVE
28. World Dreams

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