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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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Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev; Andrei Ioniţă
Dukas, Respighi, Berlioz
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Daniele Rustioni
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrea Battistoni; Kanon Matsuda
Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Toshiyuki Kamioka; Motoko Kawamura
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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.