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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Japan

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
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Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Roger Muraro; Cynthia Millar


Davis: Aladdin
David Bintley; The National Ballet of Japan; Paul Murphy; Misato Tomita; Dick Bird; Sue Blane

TokyoChristian Arming conducts Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège

Lekeu, Mozart, Brahms
Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; Christian Arming; Aimi Kobayashi

TokyoMichael Sanderling conducts Dresdner Philharmonie

Dresden Philharmonic; Michael Sanderling; Julia Fischer

NishinomiyaOn the Town

Bernstein: On the Town
Yutaka Sado, Conductor
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Kuss Quartet’s Beethoven tour with Paganini-loved instruments

The Kuss Quartet © Suntory Hall
The Kuss Quartet played the full cycle of Beethoven string quartets in five concerts. With the legendary "Paganini set" of four Stradivarius instruments, these turned out to be special days.
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Nourishes spirit and cultivating the future

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Anri Tsukiji and the Chamber Music Academy Ensemble © Suntory Hall
Mr Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi had wisdom and depth in his sound, while the young were eager and energetic.
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Heavenly Mussorgsky from Japan's Newspaper Orchestra

Cornelius Meister © Marco Borggreve
One of Japan’s leading orchestras, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, turned in performances of two warhorses as different as night and day. In between came a revelation in the form of a young cellist destined for greatness.
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Japan Philharmonic sounds world class under Inkinen

Conductor Pietari Inkinen © Nguye Phuong

I’ve heard the Japan Philharmonic on several occasions in the past, but this was the first time with Inkinen, and the difference was startling. In previous encounters with this orchestra I noted a rather bright, at times even glaring sound. No longer. Inkinen has instilled instead a generously warm, even, glowing sonority and depth of sound that one hears in Europe’s finest ensembles.

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Drama in Verdi's orchestration: Muti conducts Rigoletto excerpts

Riccardo Muti conducts excerpts from Rigoletto © Spring Festival in Tokyo | Satoshi Aoyagi
As the culmination of Muti's Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo, the maestro conducted a model performance of selected excerpts from Rigoletto in the main hall of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.