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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Japan

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
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NishinomiyaOn the Town

Bernstein: On the Town
Yutaka Sado, Conductor

TokyoSibelius, Dvořák with Maestro Myung-whun Chung

Sibelius, Dvořák
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Myung-whun Chung; Christel Lee

TokyoTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Kazushi Ono; Àlex Ollé; New National Theatre; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Iréne Theorin; Jennifer Wilson

TokyoSummer Concert 2019

Rachmaninov, Sibelius
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Dima Slobodeniouk; Simon Trpčeski

TokyoSibelius, Dvořák with Maestro Myung-whun Chung

Sibelius, Dvořák
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Myung-whun Chung; Christel Lee
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Kuss Quartet’s Beethoven tour with Paganini-loved instruments

The Kuss Quartet © Suntory Hall
The Kuss Quartet played the full cycle of Beethoven string quartets in five concerts. With the legendary "Paganini set" of four Stradivarius instruments, these turned out to be special days.
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Nourishes spirit and cultivating the future

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Anri Tsukiji and the Chamber Music Academy Ensemble © Suntory Hall
Mr Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi had wisdom and depth in his sound, while the young were eager and energetic.
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Heavenly Mussorgsky from Japan's Newspaper Orchestra

Cornelius Meister © Marco Borggreve
One of Japan’s leading orchestras, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, turned in performances of two warhorses as different as night and day. In between came a revelation in the form of a young cellist destined for greatness.
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Japan Philharmonic sounds world class under Inkinen

Conductor Pietari Inkinen © Nguye Phuong

I’ve heard the Japan Philharmonic on several occasions in the past, but this was the first time with Inkinen, and the difference was startling. In previous encounters with this orchestra I noted a rather bright, at times even glaring sound. No longer. Inkinen has instilled instead a generously warm, even, glowing sonority and depth of sound that one hears in Europe’s finest ensembles.

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Drama in Verdi's orchestration: Muti conducts Rigoletto excerpts

Riccardo Muti conducts excerpts from Rigoletto © Spring Festival in Tokyo | Satoshi Aoyagi
As the culmination of Muti's Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo, the maestro conducted a model performance of selected excerpts from Rigoletto in the main hall of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.