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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Japan

© David Karlin
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Puccini: Turandot
Kazushi Ono; Àlex Ollé; New National Theatre; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Iréne Theorin; Jennifer Wilson

TottoriNHKSO Concert in Tottori

Rachmaninow, Sibelius
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Dima Slobodeniouk; Simon Trpčeski

TokyoOn the Town

Bernstein: On the Town
Yutaka Sado, Dirigent

OsakaOn the Town

Bernstein: On the Town
Takarazuka Revue - Moon Troupe

TokyoPremium Concerts for Teens: Kazushi Ono & Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

Bizet, Ravel, Falla
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Tokyo Ballet
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Thielemann schafft es in Strauss' Alpensinfonie nicht bis zum Gipfel

Christian Thielemann dirigiert die Staatskapelle Dresden © Matthias Creutziger
Pianist Kit Armstrong bewies, dass erstaunliches Talent und guter Geschmack sich nicht ausschließen, während Christian Thielemann in Strauss' Alpensinfonie enttäuscht.

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.

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.

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.

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.