Shinkai Makoto Sakuhin Image Album “Promise”

Written by Tenmon, performed by Eminence Symphony Orchestra, requested by many people (yes, I got multiple PMs asking if we were going to release it), here comes the much expected album “Promise”. Featuring orchestral arrangement of music from “Byousoku 5 Centimeter”, “Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho”, “Hoshi no Koe”, and “Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko”, there’s no wonder why this album gets all the attention it does. Before I give my comment, let’s take a look at the tracklist:

1. One more time, One more chance (Instrumental)
2. Omoide ha Tooku no Hibi
3. Kanae no Kimochi
4. Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho Main Theme
5. Futari no Keikaku / Kibou to Akogare
6. Sayuri
7. Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho Main Theme (Piano Version)
8. Futari no Kattou
9. Kimi no Koe (Instrumental)
10.THROUGH THE YEARS AND FAR AWAY
11.Mikako kara no Tayori
12.Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko Main Theme
13.Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko (Piano Version)

Okay, you might think I would be praising this album, but to your surprise, I won’t. It doesn’t mean I dislike this album, but there is one major thing bugs me about it. This is supposed to be a orchestral album, however there’s too much non-orchestral instruments used. You will hear a lot of guitar and piano (well, this one is acceptable, plus we all know how Tenmon is fond of piano, but piano should not play a major role in an orchestral album) in it. Besides, too much focus is placed on string instruments. I would like to hear a more balanced arrangement, with more usage of woodwind and brass instruments. And, even though it’s said to be performed by a symphony orchestra, to me it feels more like a chamber orchestra’s performance. Therefore, in the orchestral sense, this album is an disappointment. If you just see it as a general arrangement album though, then it’s pretty nice. My favorite track would be “THROUGH THE YEARS AND FAR AWAY” (again, too much piano and guitar, but I love it in the non-orchestral sense).

12 thoughts on “Shinkai Makoto Sakuhin Image Album “Promise”

  1. It is just a chambers orchestra. No real symphony orchestra was used AFAIK.

    Eminence has their full symphony orchestra in Australia, but as far as I know they can’t afford to fly them out to Japan just to record something like this. They’ve done the chambers thing in the past during their world tour in 07.

  2. I thought it was recorded in Australia too. Whether it was their full symphony or not, wakaranai~

    A bit too much piano for an orchestral rendition, but still a nice album~

  3. I was wondering how they were going to transpose all the piano dominated pieces into orchestra versions, and I guess they didn’t do a very good job of it. Still, definitely will give this a listen =D

  4. a bit late getting to this, and I don’t even know if this would be the right place, but for anyone that still has it, a seed would be make me one extremely happy person. 1.1 kB/s is a kind of sad speed.

    • You’re never too late when we got the archive bot.🙂

      I would highly recommend you to get it on IRC, that would be the best way, it’s guaranteed to be there. You would need a real IRC client though (instead of webchat) such as mIRC. Once you reach our channel, type the following command:

      /msg dont_TOUCH_me xdcc get #1233

      And the file should start downloading.

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