Guide to Classical Music in Tokyo

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
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preview to the 2017/18 season

Wealth of jewels at Toyko's Suntory Hall

Four of the world's great orchestras are all set to celebrate cornerstones of their repertoire in the fabled acoustic of the recently renovated Suntory Hall.
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Guide to Suntory Hall

To find upcoming performances at Suntory Hall as well as recent reviews and youtube video messages by various artists, check out their homepage here.
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Art and classical music in Tokyo

Tokyo's array of culture is so extensive and diverse that it can bewilder a first time visitor. Here's our guide to how to start enjoying one of the world's great artistic cities.
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Meeting in Harmony: Suntory Hall

The spirit of Herbert von Karajan lives on in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, built in the quest for “the world's most beautiful sound”. In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the hall is aiming to appeal to an increasingly global audience.
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Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 
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Japan: Q & A with Aimi Kobayashi & Atsushi Ishikawa

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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TokyoSuntory Hall 2017 Daiwa House Special Re-Opening Concert

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Giuseppe Sabbatini; Davide Mariano; Tamayo Yoshida; Sonia Prina; John Ken Nuzzo

TokyoYuko Hisamoto Mozart Zyklus Vol. 3

Mozart
Yuko Hisamoto, Piano

TokyoDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Paavo Järvi; Georgia Jarman; Lauren Fagan; Rie Miyake; Vito Priante

TokyoLandscape of Music

Weber, Smetana, Mussorgsky
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi

TokyoSuntory Hall Organ Promenade Concert

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Riveting Schumann and Schubert in Tokyo

Paarvo Järvi and the NHK Symphony give a riveting account of Schumann and Schubert.
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Steinberg brings Bohemia’s woods and fields to Tokyo

Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, gives a performance of perhaps the most famous of Bedrich Smetana’s works, a romantic tribute to his motherland, Má vlast.
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Mendelssohn in Tokyo: Luisi, Znaider and NHKSO

Nikolaj Znaider and Fabio Luisi, along with NHKSO Tokyo, re-stated the obvious truth of art music that “it is all about the details.”
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Soul-searching: Sir András Schiff in Tokyo

With thought-inspiring programming, Schiff played the penultimate sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.
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An enchanting Barber visits Tokyo

New National Theatre Tokyo hosts a stylish and humorous Il barbiere di Siviglia. 
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