Lady Lord Naotora

It was announced on November 16, 2016 that Yoko Kanno will be in charge of the score of the NHK 2017’s 56th Taiga drama: おんな城主 直虎 / Onna Joushu Naotora / Lady Lord Naotora.

March 16 update: The second O.S.T. was unveiled on several Japanese shopping websites:

おんな城主 直虎 | 音楽虎の巻 | ニィトラ
Onna joushu Naotora | Ongaku Tora no Maki | NITORA
Lady Lord Naotora | The Scroll of the Music Tiger | Nitora
(NI = 2, TORA = Tiger = “TRA”in “soundTRAck”)
Release date: 2017-04-05
Total length: 72:32
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  1. 謡い経 とわから次郎へ (5:01) (vocals: Ko Shibasaki, Miu Arai)
  2. 風馬 (2:30)
  3. 胸走り火 (2:39)
  4. 今川エンタ (4:50)
  5. とおとうみ (4:33)
  6. 虎元気 (3:34)
  7. トランドラ [大河ドラマ紀行] (1:36)
  8. 馬駆け (4:28)
  9. 月船往き (3:44)
  10. 幾度 (2:18)
  11. 風無念 (2:12)
  12. 姫ふんぷん (2:04)
  13. 銭の犬 (3:17)
  14. くわだて (3:23)
  15. 虎の芽 (ショート・バージョン)[大河ドラマ紀行] (1:41)
  16. 夢で会う (2:59)
  17. ひきつれ (2:10)
  18. (3:32)
  19. けぶる (2:48)
  20. 捨て石 (2:42)
  21. うつせみの (3:57)
  22. はつ恋 [大河ドラマ紀行] (1:35)
  23. 静かな決意 (4:15)
  24. 天虎~虎の女[TVサイズ・ニャン渓バージョン][テーマ音楽] (2:44)

NHK Taiga Dramas are annual, year-long historical fiction television dramas comprising of 50 episodes of 45 minutes except the pilot that lasts 1 hour. It will start airing on January 8, 2017 at 8pm on NHK.

This is the first time Yoko Kanno is in charge of a NHK Taiga drama.

There’s a 3 minutes trailer on the official website.

International artists were gathered to perform the main theme, featuring an unprecedentedly exceptional collaboration between Paavo Järvi who conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Lang Lang, and the violinist Midori Gotō who’s representing Japan in the “Taiga drama traveler’s journal” corner program. The song production was completed on November 16, there was a press conference with Paavo Jarvi who conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Lang Lang who performed the piano. A picture with Yoko Kanno was also shared on the NHK Symphonic Orchestra Twitter account:

“The song has lyrism that reminds me of French impressionists. I hope you’ll enjoy this collaboration between Lang Lang and the NHK Symphony Orchestra” commented Paavo Järvi.

A first soundtrack CD will be released on January 11!
Drama music tracks are often short but this time there are only 20 tracks. Track 1 is the opening version (TV version) of the main theme while the four last tracks are a 14 minutes long symphonic piece.

おんな城主 直虎 | 音楽虎の巻 | イチトラ
Onna joushu Naotora | Ongaku Tora no Maki | ICHITORA
Lady Lord Naotora | The Scroll of the Music Tiger | Ichitora
(ICHI = 1, TORA = Tiger = “TRA”in “soundTRAck”)
Release date: 2017-01-11
Total length: 68:58
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  1. 天虎~虎の女 (TVサイズ)[テーマ音楽] / Amatora ~Toranome (Tiger Woman) [NAOTORA Main Theme] (2:45)
  2. 虎口 / Kokoh (Tiger Jaws) (4:22)
  3. 始 / Hajime (Beginning) (2:32)
  4. あばれ / Abare (rampage) (2:28)
  5. 井伊ドンキ / Ii Donki (the name of the protagonist is “Ii Naotora”, and “Donki” stands for “Don Quixote”)) (3:07)
  6. 弱き心 / Weak Heart (4:05)
  7. 女子にこそあれ / Onagoni Kosoare (3:39)
  8. めでた目出たや(怒) / Medeta Medetaya (1:10)
  9. 竜宮小僧のうた / Ryugukozou (The Dragon King Palace Young Monk Song) (5:31)
  10. 亀の笛 / Kame’s Whistle (2:17)
  11. 虎の夢 / Tora’s Dream (5:27)
  12. 跳ね虎[大河ドラマ紀行] / Bouncing Tiger (Taiga Drama Traveler’s Journal) (3:15)
  13. 脇差し / Sword (Wakizashi) (2:51)
  14. 月船 / Moon Boat (2:27)
  15. 浜名の風 / Hamana Wind (3:20)
  16. 橘 / Tachibana (a clan name) (5:28)
  17. 天虎~虎の威 / Amatora ~Toranoi (Tiger Dominance) (2:53)
  18. 天虎~虎の子 / Amatora ~Toranoko (Tiger Child) (0:51)
  19. 天虎~虎の女 / Amatora ~Toranome (Tiger Woman) (2:53)
  20. 天虎~虎の尾 / Amatora ~Toranoo (Tiger Tail) (7:37)

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