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Guide to Classical Music in Tokyo

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
Our previews to the 2018-19 Season
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TokyoFinlandia

Sibelius
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Johanna Rusanen-Kartano; Ville Rusanen; Estonian National Male Choir

TokyoSubscription Concert for Children

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Keitaro Harada

TokyoSir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein, Dvořák, Janáček
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Krystian Zimerman

TokyoSir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Grime, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

TokyoSchubert, Strauss, Beethoven, Haydn

Schubert, Strauss R., Beethoven, Haydn
Radek Baborák; Paavo Järvi; NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
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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.

Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
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Heart and soul: Irina Lungu sings Traviata in Tokyo

Irina Lungu (Violetta) and Antonio Poli (Alfredo) © Terashi Masahiko | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Tokyo's New National Theatre is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary season with three new productions and revivals of their most popular productions including Vincent Boussard’s minimal yet colourful Traviata.
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