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 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   Washu   (Member)

I am currently on a Joe Hisaishi kick and listening through an extensive list of his works. He is easily one of the finest living film composers (top 5 probably).

My top 10 Joe Hisaishi works are the following:

Brother
Fireworks
Princess Mononoke
Giant Deep Sea Creatures
Sonatine
Spirited Away
Kikujiro
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ponyo
Rakuen / Maldives (solo album)

This was hard, I really dig some of his other Kitano scores. I actually find Hisaishi's collaborations with Takeshi Kitano more imaginative and more interesting than his more popular and acclaimed work with Hayao Miyazaki in general. I tend to prefer Hisaishi in his minimalistic/jazzy/ambient mode rather than his usual more grand romantic writing, although there are exceptions.

Rakuen / Maldives is an excellent mood album and it is probably my favourite solo album of his.

What are your top 10 Joe Hisaishi works?

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   Michal Turkowski   (Member)

Ok, my list of "Top 10" Hisaishi smile but i love much more of his music smile

1 - Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite
2 - Howl's Moving Castle Image Album
3 - WORKS 1 - (solo album)

4 - Arion Symphonic Suite (unfortunatelly out of print for so many years and there is not any reissue... Very sad....)
5 - Legend: Story of the First King's Four Gods"
6 - Ni No Kuni
7 - Laputa Symphonic Suite
8 - Piano Stories vol. 2
9 - Hana-Bi
10 - Kikujiro

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Totally agreed with the ARION SYMPHONIC SUITE, marvelous music, especially the opening and closing pieces. 100% quintessential Joe Hisaishi sound!

I can't believe no one's mentioned the NAUSSICA SYMPHONIC SUITE yet. The main theme is one of the most rapturously gorgeous things, like, ever!

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 8:21 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I’m mostly familiar with his work for Studio Ghibli . I love the OST’s. Some of the live concert suites are fantastic too.

My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Porco Rosso
Ponyo
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Works much better in the film)
Spirited Away
Princess Mononoke
Arion
Venus Wars

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   CK   (Member)

And because it's ALWAYS worth repeating and re-sharing with newcomers...Joe Hisaishi in Budokan, a celebration concert of his 25 year-collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Stunning music!

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 9:49 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

And because it's ALWAYS worth repeating and re-sharing with newcomers...Joe Hisaishi in Budokan, a celebration concert of his 25 year-collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Stunning music!


Thanks for the link! I'm gonna load this on my Apple TV and crank up my stereo system.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 11:55 PM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

Don't forget Cloud on the Slope (Saka No Ue No Kumo). Three part, three CDs, impossible to choose. All the three are symphonic masterworks. So this alone would make three favourite on the list smile

I also love Okuribito. Unforgettable main theme.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2018 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Of the newer guys, Hisaishi is just about my favorite. Of the Ghibli films I adore Kiki's Delivery Service and Porco Rosso. I don't see one of my favorites listed in this thread and if you can find a copy of it grab it: Little Tom Thumb. I love his score for Buster Keaton's The General - don't think that ever came out on CD.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2018 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Of the newer guys, Hisaishi is just about my favorite. Of the Ghibli films I adore Kiki's Delivery Service and Porco Rosso. I don't see one of my favorites listed in this thread and if you can find a copy of it grab it: Little Tom Thumb. I love his score for Buster Keaton's The General - don't think that ever came out on CD.


The General came out as 'Le Mecano De La General Buster Keaton' on mk2 music-8345106302

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2018 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I'm still not clear on what WATER TRAVELER is exactly (Google avails little aside from info on this particular Hisaishi recording), but man oh man I do love this one as well:

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Of the newer guys, Hisaishi is just about my favorite. Of the Ghibli films I adore Kiki's Delivery Service and Porco Rosso. I don't see one of my favorites listed in this thread and if you can find a copy of it grab it: Little Tom Thumb. I love his score for Buster Keaton's The General - don't think that ever came out on CD.


The General came out as 'Le Mecano De La General Buster Keaton' on mk2 music-8345106302


And guess what - I have it. Go know. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Embarassingly, I only own ONE Hisaishi album -- that is MIRACLE APPLES, and it's in digital file format only. Nothing on CD.

But obviously, I have some scattered tracks on compilations here and there, mostly Miyazaki stuff.

He's one of those composers I've been meaning to sit down and properly explore beyond what I've heard in films and such. So a Top 10 will have to wait a bit.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2018 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Hisaishi's collaborations with Miyazaki and Kitano are well known so I'll point you towards another gem Bruce K. mentioned above (and actually it was another post of his some years ago in this forum that led me to hunt down this score and I'm so glad I did - thanks, Bruce! smile ): LE PETIT POUCET (Tom Thumb).




Also glad that someone - keky - mentioned OKURIBITO (Departures).




What a heart-melting cello melody!



 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2018 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   LordDalek   (Member)

I must be the only person who thinks Joe's concept albums based off Miyazaki's storyboards are frequently better than the final product then.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2019 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

Is any one of here familiar with Hisaishi's non-film music concert works? I've got my tickets to the concert in Paris in February and it seems only a fraction of it will be film music. (Which is a pity because I bought my ticket thinking of a great Hisaishi film music concert...)

So far I haven't been really fond of any of my favourite composers' concert works outside of the film music genre. Nor of Morricone, Williams, neither of Horner.

Does Hisaishi write more "listenable", melodic concert works?

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2019 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Don't forget Cloud on the Slope (Saka No Ue No Kumo). Three part, three CDs, impossible to choose. All the three are symphonic masterworks. So this alone would make three favourite on the list smile

I also love Okuribito. Unforgettable main theme.


Yes Cloud on the Slope is lovely. Just wish he would have picked a different singer. So many lovely tracks. Another of my favorites that is not mentioned here is Tenchi Meisatsu (????). It is one I come back to regularly. I also really love some of the action tracks on Lady Nobunaga.
Almost forgot, A Tale Of Ululu's Wonderful Forest is also lovely.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2019 - 6:40 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

This is the 23 track symphonic score rerecording by Hisaishi for the USA dub of the film. Fantastic deal at $5.65CAD
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Joe-Hisaishi-Castle-in-the-Sky-Original-Soundtrack-HQCD-New-CD-Hong-Kong/401528587418?hash=item5d7cf8049a:g:33AAAOSw04Zcr9Hz

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2019 - 4:00 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Funny this should be ressurected now, as we just published this tribute piece to the composer (with recommendations) by Mark Burgess:

http://celluloidtunes.no/joe-hisaishi-asian-sensation/

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2019 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

Nice article Thor - I still have some Hisaishi scores to catch up on. I've heard bits of Children of the Sea which is quite nice. The way his music was described in the article was bang on. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2019 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

Thanks for the article, Thor! Hisaishi is slowly coming closer to the top of my favourite composer list. But I much prefer his scores to live action movies to his anime scores.

 
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