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To get a little understanding about Japan and its relationship with western classical music we spoke to Aimi Kobayashi (pianist) and (Atsushi Ishikawa) musicologist.
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Jesús López-Cobos; Albena Danailova
Bruckner: Symphony no. 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt
Yukio Yokoyama, Piano
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New National Theatre Tokyo hosts a stylish and humorous Il barbiere di Siviglia.
A sensational young Japanese violinist and a sensational, little-known Fifth Symphony brought high approval ratings from the audience at a Japan Philharmonic, all-Russian concert last Friday.
One of Japan’s leading orchestras, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, turned in performances of two warhorses as different as night and day: Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, curiously understated, and Brahms' Fourth Symphony, surging with power and passion.
Pianist Kit Armstrong proved that prodigious talent and good taste can be found in the same artist, while Christian Thielemann disappoints in Strauss’ blockbusting Alpine Symphony.