The most terrifying ghost story in screen history continues as Kyoko loses her unborn child in a car accident and finds out to her shock that something is still growing within her in director Takashi Shimizu's sequel to the groundbreaking horror hit Ju-On: The Grudge. Kyoko is a pregnant actress who has recently lost her baby on a tragic road mishap. Despite her overwhelming grief, popular scream queen Kyoko determines to carry on with her career by taking part in a television program that will explore the home purported to be haunted by a child whose parents were once killed there. When Kyoko begins to fall ill and seeks the advice of a doctor who is unaware of her recent loss, she is shocked when he informs her that her pregnancy seems to be progressing normally.~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
A devoted disciple of Falla, Ernesto Halffter (less avant-garde a composer than his older brother Rodolfo or his more famous nephew Cristobal) gave up so much of his time and energy to the colossal task of making sense of, and completing, his mentor’s Atlantida that his own output remained modest, consisting chiefly of a chamber opera, ballets, concertos for violin and for guitar, and a handful of other works. The first of his Esquisses symphoniques (written before he was 20), the exuberant “Chanson du lanternier”, is heavily indebted to early Stravinsky: more individual (though with Debussian overtones) and very impressive both for its orchestral writing and its eloquence, is the second, “Paysage mort”. But it was his sizeable Sinfonietta, completed shortly afterwards in 1925, which really attracted attention at home and abroad. There have been three or four previous recordings of it (including the very last recording – on Spanish Columbia – made by the conductor Ataulfo Argenta), but none are currently in the catalogue.