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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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TokyoStravinsky programme

Stravinsky
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi

TokyoFidelioNew Production

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Beethoven: Fidelio
Taijiro Iimori; Katharina Wagner; New National Theatre; Marc Löhrer; Thomas Kaiser; Stephen Gould; Hiroshi Kuroda

TokyoSubscription Concert Series No.660

Subscription Concert Series No.660
Henze, Zimmermann
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Norichika Iimori; Yuko Kakuta; Christian Miedl

TokyoDvořák, Glazunov

Dvořák, Glazunov
Dvořák, Glazunov
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Kazuhiro Koizumi; Alexandra Soumm

TokyoCancelled concert - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Mozart, Mahler
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Zubin Mehta
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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.
****1
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Refined Mahler in Tokyo

Andris Nelsons © Suntory Hall
In the recently refurbished Suntory Hall, looking remarkably fresh with a newly refitted wooden stage, the Boston Symphony sounded elegant and sumptuous.
***11
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Suntory Hall’s grand reopening with Rossini

Giuseppe Sabbatini © Suntory Hall
Several of Tokyo’s finest collaborate in successfully delivering a re-opening concert at Suntory Hall
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Riveting Schumann and Schubert in Tokyo

Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
Paarvo Järvi and the NHK Symphony give a riveting account of Schumann and Schubert.
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