Masao Ohki's Symphony No. 5, introduced to world-wide audiences by Arvid Jansons and Leopold Stokowski, was one of the first of many Japanese works to be dedicated to the tragedy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945. Based on six paintings by Iri and Toshi Maruki, The Hiroshima Panels (tracks 3 to 8), to which Ohki added a Prelude and a final Elegy, Hiroshima Symphony is a graphic and moving depiction of the devastation of the atomic bomb and of the terrible suffering of the inhabitants of Hiroshima. The Symphony is written in an expressionistic style which makes frequent use of bold, dissonant harmonies, alternating with the tranquil and solemn music of No, a Japanese traditional ceremonial play related to the pacification of spirits.
Symphony No. 5, "Hiroshima": I. Prelude
Symphony No. 5, "Hiroshima": II. Ghosts: It was a prosession of ghosts
Symphony No. 5, "hiroshima": Iii. Fire: Next Moment Fire Burst Into Flames
Symphony No. 5, "Hiroshima": IV. Water: People wandered around seeking for water
Symphony No. 5, "Hiroshima": V. Rainbow: All of a sudden black rain poured over them and then appeared a beautiful rainb
Symphony No. 5, "Hiroshima": VI. Boys and Girls: Boys and girls died without knowing any joy of human life and calling f
Symphony No. 5, "hiroshima": Vii. Atomic Desert: Boundless Desert With Skulls