This past weekend, Hanyu Yuzuru won the NHK Trophy for men figure skating. For his free skate programme, he skated to this arrangement called “Hope & Legacy” by Joe Hisaishi. The arrangement is comprised of two songs by Hisaishi — “View of Silence” and “Asian Dream Song”. I became quite enamoured by the latter. It’s one of those pieces that I fell in love with at first sound. I can’t stop listening to this gorgeous piece, so it made sense to feature this for this month’s Symphonic Selections.
This is the original version released on the Piano Stories II: The Wind of Life. I love the melody of this song. It does have an Asian-feel to the piece, and it also feels dreamy and surreal. I can close my eyes and feel like I am being transported to some new world. I can picture the lush beauty of the Japanese wilderness. Some people will be relaxing amongst the calming nature, but then there are others who would be travelling a new place. This piece is just one of those that paints vivid imagery for me.
This is the live performance with Hisaishi on the piano and nine cellists. This is an unusual ensemble, but I love how it’s so different because the nine cellists and a single pianist give the piece an even more otherworldly effect. This performance really resonates with me, and now I would love to attend a concert by Hisaishi one day!
Are you familiar with this piece? What do you think of this song? Do you like the original arrangement or the live performance? Let me know in the comments!