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Guide to Classical Music in Tokyo

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
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TokyoVienna Philharmonic Week in Japan 2018 Opening

Strauss R., Bizet, Popper, Mascagni, Wagner, Mozart, Weber, Bernstein, von Freiberg
Members of the Vienna Philharmonic

TokyoFranz Welser-Möst conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Mozart, Brahms
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst; Lang Lang

TokyoCarmen

Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
New National Theatre; Ginger Costa-Jackson; Oleg Dolgov; Timothy Renner; Ryoko Sunakawa

TokyoJapan Philharmonic Orchestra Special Concert

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Special Concert
Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Lazarev; Michiko Kobayashi

TokyoFranz Welser-Möst conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Bruckner: Symphony no. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst
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Sumptous Schumann from the Staatskapelle Dresden in Tokyo

If you like your Schumann symphonies the old fashioned way with lush, sonorous strings and heroic horns and brass, then Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden are for you.
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Legendary Chung siblings give breathtaking Brahms in Tokyo

Kyung Wha Chung © ICA Artists | Kang Taewook
Kyung Wha Chung exceeds her already-legendary reputation, assisted by her brother, Myung-whun Chung, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. 
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The Casals in Tokyo: Pushing the boundaries too far?

Cuarteto Casals © Suntory Hall
Cuerteto Casals delivers audience the gems of Beethoven String Quartets at their full potential at Suntory Hall Blue Rose Hall. 
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A masterclass in chamber playing at Suntory Hall

Tatsuki Narita, Mami Hagiwara and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi © Suntory Hall
Intergenerational ensemble-making was the key feature of the opening concert of Suntory Hall's Chamber Music Garden festival, produced by eminent cellist and the hall's President Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
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Unsuk Chin presides over Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

Yoichi Sugiyama and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra © Michiharu Okubo | Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foudation
Asian themes were felt in some of the works selected for the final of this composition award.