This CD arrived at my doorstep at the right time… I’m not sure why but I’ve been feeling down on the weather lately. It’s like… how do I put it? Everything is going on as usual, life in general and work (tho’ I have lots of support from my workmates but there’s just a plain lack of motivation *sigh*) and so on but somehow there’s something stirring and I’m not quite sure what. Stress? Probably… or even accelerated mid-life crisis? lol~ or maybe the economic downturn that is casting a gloom all over… Gaah~ I must snap out of the slump!
Anyway, the anime soundtrack of the classic adaptation has a calming effect on my nerves. I love the main theme which is presented in full-length in the CD. Aptly named “高雅”, meaning “Elegance”, the presence of an orchestra, wind instruments, strings, percussion… ah~ it is absolutely beautiful. The music is mainly performed with classical and traditional instruments, as well as some electronica mixes. I’m not knowledgeable enough in this area but I find that some of the tunes remind me a lot of traditional Chinese music.
I like it that there’s a good mix of contemporary and classical sounding compositions. Most of the pieces are dreamy, soothing and romantic. There were a couple of more dramatic pieces in the soundtrack but they flow very well with the other softer tracks. I felt rather emotional while watching the anime during certain points but the soundtrack by itself didn’t make me feel as upset. Instead, the music was quietly moving without losing its impact and transports me to the historical era that the story was set in. Even if you’ve not watched the anime, I think you’ll be able to find pieces that touch you too.
Best consumed when your heart and mind needs to be gently held in a loving embrace :)
As for the packaging, the cover is beautiful but there is only a folded two-page insert. I wouldn’t call that a booklet since there’s only one piece of paper ^^; Kinda disappointing as I was hoping to see more images of the anime. Fortunately the music more than made up for it.
Listen to the music samples from the composer’s official site :)
1 高雅~ﾒｲﾝﾃｰﾏ (main theme)
Catalog No.: KSCL1353
Label: Ki/oon Sony