Juta Takahashi ‎– Hymn

Lunisolar Records ‎– LR007
CD, Album


1 Stratosphere 19:23
2 Faraway 19:23
3 Hymn 20:27

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Recorded and mastered at Lunisolar Studio, Sendai, Japan, 2009.
The cover photo: "Hubble Panoramic View of Orion Nebula Reveals Thousands of Stars" (NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org)

Packaging: Standard jewel case with transparent tray with 4-panel front insert
Total Time: 59:15
© & ℗ 2010, Lunisolar Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 84502 35782 0
  • Matrix / Runout: LR07 MT X91
  • Other (Mastering SID Code): IFPI L464
  • Other (Mould SID Code): IFPI 783E

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LR007 Juta Takahashi Hymn(3xFile, FLAC, Album) Lunisolar Records LR007 Japan 2010
LR007 Juta Takahashi Hymn(3xFile, MP3, Album) Lunisolar Records LR007 Japan 2010


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June 23, 2012

Juta Takahashi "Hymn" CD

"Hymn" is the 7th album by Japanese ambient maestro Jutaro "Juta" Takahashi (based in Sendai, Miyagi), released in January, 2010, on his own label Lunisolar Records. Just the same as with his "Silence" CD, reviewed some weeks ago, "Hymn" CD gets immediately extra points for its stunning front cover image featuring the famous 2006 Hubble Space Telescope color mosaic of the Orion Nebula. The album is made up of three longer compositions, each clocking around 20 minutes. "Stratosphere" unfolds this odyssey with gracefully heartfelt and endlessly floating, slow-motion drifts, fragranced with delicately fragile, but expressively fitting strings. This solitary ambience transports each listener into the deep realms of space. The next composition "Faraway" moves into slightly more minimal and meditative realms sculpted with nearly hallucinogenic washes, serenely cascading from slightly dissonant, "buzzing" sounds to more silent, poetic passages, carefully exploring gracious beauty of immense outer reaches of space, and accomplishing deep synergy between the music and its title. The title composition "Hymn" is immediately invaded by celestial choir-like sounds and returns to more drifting territories explored through the first track, but this time diffusing much more monumentally into tense symphonious atmospheres, reaching strongly cinematic feel of breathtaking adventure and glorious beauty. These slowly expanding and triumphant soundwalls are here and there enriched by luminously euphoric fragments and swirls. Definitely one of the most magnificent and colossal soundscapes Juta has ever done and a truly grandiose conclusion of this profoundly wonderful album, where all three lengthy pieces are powerfully expansive and quietly immersing!!! A tremendously fascinating star gazing odyssey precisely interacting with the cover image!!! Arigatō, Juta!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jun 23, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)