Category Archives: Drama

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.

November 19 update: They finally announced a new album on November 1st! Over 73 minutes of emotions!

おんな城主 直虎 | 音楽虎の巻 | サントラ
Onna joushu Naotora | Ongaku Tora no Maki | SANTORA
Lady Lord Naotora | The Scroll of the Music Tiger | Santora
(SAN = 3, TORA = Tiger, SANTORA = Soundtrack)
Release date: 2017-11-22
Total length: 73:15
Buy on Amazon Japan
Tracklist on VGMdb

August 22 update: A new mini-soundtrack was announced 3 days before its physical release and a few hours before its digital release. It’s dedicated to Ono Masatsugu’s character and features absolutely mindblowing tracks! Naotora’s music is getting better and better with each episode, it’s like the soundtrack is growing with the main character! And there are still 16 episodes left!

おんな城主 直虎 | 緊急得盤 | 鶴のうた
Onna joushu Naotora | Kinkyū Tokuban | Tsuru no Uta
Lady Lord Naotora | Urgent Special Disc | Tsuru’s Songs

Release date: 2017-08-23 (digital release on 2017-08-21)
Total length: 46:32
Buy on Amazon Japan
Tracklist on VGMdb

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
Buy on Amazon Japan
Tracklist on VGMdb

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 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
Buy on Amazon Japan
Tracklist on VGMdb


Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra New Year Concert 2015

Yoko Kanno will perform as a guest at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in 2015, January 7, for the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra New Year concert.

This piece of news is from August but was somehow unnoticed.

The Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra recorded the Gochisan drama soundtrack Yoko Kanno wrote.

The Gochisōsan music also Hana wa Saku will be performed.

Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra
New Year Concert 2015

Barbara Payha(Soprano)
Iwao Onuki(Tenor)
Yoko Kanno(Piano)
Uwe Theimer (Conductor)
Vienna Volksoper Ballet
Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra

Date: 2015-01-07 (Wed), opens at 18:20, starts at 19:00
Place: Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
Ticket sale start day:2014-09-10 (Wed)
Prices (taxes incl.):
S pair seats*: ¥ 14,000, S seats: ¥ 8,000, A seats: ¥ 6,000, B seats: ¥ 4,000
*S pair tickets can only be purchased on the camerata website

Continue reading Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra New Year Concert 2015

Gochisōsan O.S.T. 2

Another Gochisōsan soundtrack album will be released in April.

This new album entitled おかわり (Okawari, this is what Japanese say when they want a rice or a soup refill) will contain a total of 26 new tracks (63 minutes) and will be released on April 9, 2014.

Gochisosan O.S.T. 2

It will be available on Amazon as well as on iTunes (Japan) where you can listen to an extract of every song.


01. おかわり!
02. いちごの唄~源太出征の日
03. 形而上マチウド
04. ピアノは踊る
05. ナニワ幻燈
06. ヒゲモ駄ニズム
07. おだいどこ研究室
08. 蘇州夜曲
09. うずもれ
10. NUKADOKO ノスタルヂヤ
11. 新都市萌芽
12. イケズタンゴ
13. パン耳
14. ルパシカ
15. 三文物理
16. 無垢な食卓
17. 沫のごと
18. 子供たるもの
19. 元少女倶楽部
20. ふ久の不思議な世界
21. 瓦解ス
22. 冷たき血
23. ミッション
24. 8万8千回の口福
25. アダジオ
26. いただきます
27. ごちそうさん交響曲

My favorite track is the 21th track, very short but so intense!


Gochisōsan O.S.T. 1

Yoko Kanno wrote the soundtrack of a new drama entitled Gochisōsan.

On September 30, 2013 started a new drama entitled 「ごちそうさん」(Gochisōsan) which is made from the Japanese expression people say after a good meal ごちそうさま (Gochisōsama).


A small comment from Yoko Kanno can be found on the Gochisōsan official website:

When I thought of Gochisōsan as 3 beats (gochi, so, san), I wanted to write a yummy music.
With the most appetizing music performers from Vienna, we tried to express sweet scents and thought every morning which music would be good for the stomach.
I would be happy if this music could just a little go with the will of living of the people.

Yoko Kanno was in charge of the music under the label Grand Funk. A very long soundtrack was released on December 4, 2013. It contains 28 tracks and lasts 71 minutes!

It is available both on iTunes and on CD format.

Gochisosan OST


01. フェルメント前奏曲
02. ゴチソウノォト
03. 少女倶楽部
04. でんしんばしらのやうな
05. モスリンマアチ
06. 走レ乙女
07. イシンデンシン?
08. オムレットワルツ
09. 閑雅な食慾
10. クロケット ベシャメルソース
12. 朝五ツ
13. 鴨のファンファアレ
14. ルリハ
15. スノピカ
16. 志ル古な憂鬱
17. 拝啓グルタミンさん
18. きなヒトデ
19. キネマ モザイク
20. オルゴオルの死
21. イル デカダン
23. 感傷的活動写真
24. 殿方につきまして
25. 貴方ヲ送ル
26. イチゴイチエ
27. 焼氷有りマスの唄
vocals: Mitsuki Takahata
28. 帝大生とハイカラリボン

All the musics are orchestral pieces, very drama-like, but some of them are quite beautiful. I really like the intro of 感傷的活動写真 (kanshōteki katsudō shashin) [trans: sentimental moving pictures]) and the track 貴方ヲ送ル (anata wo okuru [trans: let me walk you home]).