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Yukiko Kojima - AKIRA MIYOSHI: Piano Works

Yukiko Kojima - AKIRA MIYOSHI: Piano Works

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD306
UPC: 855317003066
Release Date : 30 / Jul / 2013
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  1. 1. Sonate pour Piano (1958) – I. Allegro
  2. 2. Sonate pour Piano (1958) – II. Andante
  3. 3. Sonate pour Piano (1958) – III. Presto
  4. 4. Chaînes Preludes pour Piano (1973) – Ière Partie: 〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉〈B’〉〈C’〉 〈B”〉〈C”〉〈Retour à A〉 Chaînettes〈I〉〈II〉
  5. 5. Chaînes Preludes pour Piano (1973) – IIème Partie: 〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉〈D〉〈Synthèse brève〉Chaînettes 〈III〉 (ABCB’D)
  6. 6. Chaînes Preludes pour Piano (1973) – IIIème Partie: Chaînettes〈IV (CHA in Es)〉〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉〈D〉Retours et Reflexions 〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉
  7. 7. En Vers (1980)
  8. 8. Pour le piano (1995/1998) – Mouvement Circulaire et Croise – 1
  9. 9. Pour le piano (1995/1998) – Mouvement Circulaire et Croise – 2

YUKIKO KOJIMA

AKIRA MIYOSHI: Sonate pour Piano; Chaînes: Préludes pour Piano; En vers; Pour le Piano: Mouvement Circulaire et Croisé

Japanese pianist Yukiko Kojima brings together in a rare disc the major piano works of her compatriot Akira Miyoshi. Drawing on Eastern traditions, physiological breath itself seems to dictate the rhythm of musical gestures and phrases. The emotions expressed vary continuously, as if the piano itself had its own language and told a story: one of fragile beauty and fleeting changes of delicate colors.

Booklet in English, French, and Japanese.
Program notes by Hugh Collins Rice.

Reviews

“A refreshing record vibrant in color and fragile beauty… Kojima expressively plays the often dramatic and tragic notes of Miyoshi in stunning fashion with such poise and depth…”
AltoRiot | 31 July 2013

“Miyoshi was a child prodigy on the piano, and his music ruminates and coruscates with natural ease and force in the sensitive hands of Yukiko Kojima…”
Irish Times – Michael Dervan / 23 August 2013

“Kojima plays this music with a commanding technique and a true sense of how its component parts cohere… Kojima’s feeling for nuance and intelligent voicings make a compelling case for a composer who deserves greater renown in the West.”
Gramophone – Jed Distler / Awards Issue 2013

“In pianist Yukiko Kojima’s hands, every phrase speaks with calm authority, each sonorous chord immaculately balanced…”
The Arts Desk – Graham Rickson / 21 September 2013

5 STARS – PERFORMANCE
5 STARS – RECORDING
“Miyoshi’s is distinguished, inventive and continuously stimulating music, full of beauty and colour and with a marvellous sensitivity to the full range of keyboard sonority and resonance (and indeed, silence). Yukiko Kojima’s stunning virtuosity is clearly allied to a deep insight into the works themselves.”
BBC Music Magazine – Calum MacDonald / Christmas Edition 2013

“Kojima sounds wholly in tune with Miyoshi‘s soundscapes and Odradek‘s excellent recording catches all the subtle nuances of her playing… Recommended for all collectors of post-War piano music.”
International Piano Magazine – Guy Rickards / December 2013

“If you were to choose the album of the year based upon difficulty and intelligence, nothing even comes close to being in the same league as Yukiko’s surprise hit… You’d be hard-pressed to find a reason not to instantly fall in love with Kojima’s performance and even harder-pressed to find another record this year treated with such devotion.”
AltoRiot / 2013

**** EXCELENTE
“An introspection for solo piano superbly written and released. Not to be missed.”
Ritmo – Inés Ruiz Artola / March 2014

“This is a most rewarding recording, its sound quality clear and well-balanced, beautifully and idiomatically played by Yukiko Kojima, and makes one want to discover more of Akira Miyoshi’s music.”
Piano News - Michael Graubart / Autumn 2013

“Colorfulness and skillful at agogic…”
Record Geijutsu - Koji Sano / 2015

“Superb pianist”.
Roberta on the Arts - Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower / 23 July 2017

1. Sonate pour Piano (1958) – I. Allegro // Akira Miyoshi
  1. 1. Sonate pour Piano (1958) – I. Allegro // Akira Miyoshi
  2. 2. Sonate pour Piano (1958) – II. Andante // Akira Miyoshi
  3. 3. Sonate pour Piano (1958) – III. Presto // Akira Miyoshi
  4. 4. Chaînes Preludes pour Piano (1973) – Ière Partie: 〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉〈B’〉〈C’〉 〈B”〉〈C”〉〈Retour à A〉 Chaînettes〈I〉〈II〉 // Akira Miyoshi
  5. 5. Chaînes Preludes pour Piano (1973) – IIème Partie: 〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉〈D〉〈Synthèse brève〉Chaînettes 〈III〉 (ABCB’D) // Akira Miyoshi
  6. 6. Chaînes Preludes pour Piano (1973) – IIIème Partie: Chaînettes〈IV (CHA in Es)〉〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉〈D〉Retours et Reflexions 〈A〉〈B〉〈C〉 // Akira Miyoshi
  7. 7. En Vers (1980) // Akira Miyoshi
  8. 8. Pour le piano (1995/1998) – Mouvement Circulaire et Croise – 1 // Akira Miyoshi
  9. 9. Pour le piano (1995/1998) – Mouvement Circulaire et Croise – 2 // Akira Miyoshi