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[CD] Tomomi Nishimoto: TCHAIKOVSKY "THE NUTCRACKER" -Complete ballet-

Yurie Miura Piano Concert

December 19, 2006
YAMAHA Music Center Ekebukuro Recording Studio

Yurie Miura Official Website:
http://www.yamaha-mf.or.jp/art/official/yuriemiura/

Claude Achille Debussy: Deux Arabesques
Samuel Barber: Piano Sonata Op.26
Joseph-Maurice Ravel: La Valse
Frédéric François Chopin: Impromptu No.1, 2, 3, and 4
Frédéric François Chopin: Two pieces from 12 etudes Op.10
Frédéric François Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante

She studied music at an Yamaha music school in her childhood, and took first prizes in the 47 th "Maria Canals" Barcelona International Musical Execution Competition, etc.
Her technic is marvelous, and the sound is strong, moving, colourful, expressive, and vivid.
Also, her talk was interesting.

*The related Japanese article.
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200612/article_3.html

Dream Concert: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra "Shéhérazade"

November 23, 2006
Dream Hall of Fucyu Cultural Promotion Foundation

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/index.html
Piano: Yukio Yokoyama
Orchestra: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
http://www.japanphil.or.jp/eng/

1. Sibelius: March from "Karelia" suite
2. Rachmaninov: Piano concerto No.3
3. Rimsky-Korsakov: Shéhérazade
Encore; Tchaikovsky: Valse des fleurs from "The Nutcracker"

The most impressed one was "Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no.3". I like this piece so much. Playing technique seems to be so difficult, but it is very relaxing and I feel calm. I would like to use this tune as a BGM while reading......
I think Mr Yokoyama's piano sound was very rich.
Totally, this performance was so comfortable.

Regarding Shéhérazade, concertmaster's solo was brilliant.

Valse des fleurs from "The Nutcracker" was also very good with big applause. Some people gave them a standing ovation.

*The related Japanese articles.
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200611…

(Articles planned)

*Yayoi Hirabe "10th chambertone"
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200805/article_2.html (Japanese)

*Tomomi Nishimoto conducting Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo regular concert and The "From the New World" Japan tour
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200806/article_5.html (Japanese)
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200807/article_5.html (Japanese)
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200807/article_6.html (Japanese)

etc.

35th International Junior Original Concert

November 11, 2006
Bunkamura Orchard Hall
http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/orchard/index.html

This was composed of original pieces by children in Yamaha music schools worldwide.
http://www.yamaha-mf.or.jp/english/index.html%22%3Ehttp://www.yamaha-mf.or.jp/english/index.html
Each tune had coruscation, beauty, element of surprise, or fascinating aspect.

Before the concert has started, audience submitted some short motifs. After intermission, the children did improvising using these motifs. It was so interesting for me and the music were really amazing.

*The related Japanese article.
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200611/article_8.html

NHK Music festival: Ayako Uehara & Vienna Symphony Orchestra

November 9, 2006
NHK Hall

Conduct: Fabio Luisi

1. Mozart: "The Marriage of Figaro" Overture K.492
2. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 K.482
3. Mozart: Symphony No.40 K.550
Encore1; Mozart: "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" Overture K.384
Encore2; Strauss: Pizzicato Polka

1. was most leggiero in which I listened this piece by then. Judging from the opera story, I think this airiness is appropriate.

It was my first time to listen that Ayako played "Mozart". As I had imagined, her piano sound was wonderful and emotional. As if Mozart himself played the tune easily, I felt. Her piano was well-coordinated with the orchestra sound. It felt good.
Her encore was Debussy???

Overall, I was satisfied with this concert.

*The related Japanese article.
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200611/article_7.html

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra 163th Sunday Concert

November 5, 2006
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space
http://www.geigeki.jp/english/index.html

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/
Violin: Mayuko Kamio (An winner of 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition)
Orchestra: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
http://www.japanphil.or.jp/eng/

1. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin - Polonaise
2. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
3. Beethoven: Seventh Symphony
Encore; Bach: Air on the G-String

Conduct of 1. was in excellent condition, and the performance was brilliant.

I think Mayuko's performance was so unique and the violin sound was so deep. The orchestra sound was also beautiful, totally, it was gracious, strong, and beautiful rendition to a nicety.

I am not a big fan of Beethoven's pieces, but I like his Seventh Symphony. It is melodious, heavy-hitting, and sounds harmonious.
Tomomi also conducted this tune with vivacity. The orchestra played enthusiastically and the performance was very vigorous.

I always like Air on the G-String which Tomomi conducts. …

Tomomi Nishimoto conducting "Tosca" (Hungarian State Opera House performed in Japan)

October 28, 2006
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall
http://www.t-bunka.jp/en/hall/index.html

Tomomi conducted this opera in Osaka and Tokyo.
In Tokyo, her conducting was shown well from my seat, and looking her movement, I could feel the story of this opera. It was so moving.

The orchestra sound was very dynamic, speaking, and brilliant. Particularly, the waltz just before Cavaradossi would be faced a firing squad had a subtle charm.
I hope I can listen many opera music with this orchestra in the future.

The singers' performance were also excellent.

After the finale of this Opera, all performers had big cheering and clapping with a standing ovation. Also, big human wave over the hall moved to the orchestra pit.....

I would like to see many Puccini's operas which Tomomi conducts so much.

*The related Japanese article.
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200611/article_3.html


You can listen a collaboration between Tomomi and this orchestra (Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra) in this CD.
http://www.amazon.…

Natsumi Tamai Violin Recital

October 17, 2006
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall
http://www.t-bunka.jp/en/index.html

About Natsumi Tamai
http://www.festivalmusicalp.com/professors/tamai_natsumi.htm
Piano: Haruko Ueda

Beethoven: Violon Sonata No.6
Bach: The Sonata and Partita for Violon solo
Bartók: Violon and Piano Sonata No.2
Debussy: Sonate pour violon et piano
Encore1; Debussy's piano piece arrranged for violin and piano
Encore2; Beethoven: The second movement of sonata No.3

I went to this concert by chance, but as a result, I could found a fantastic violinist there. All tunes seemed to be so difficult, but her performance was so fine.
The violin she used was a Stradivarius made in 1717. The sound was excellent and so moving.

Ms Ueda's piano accompaniment was also brilliant.

After concert, the musicians received GREAT applause.

*The related Japense article.
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200611/article_1.html

Tomomi Nishimoto ~Spanish Passion and Russian Melancholy~

October 15, 2006
Tokorozawa Civic Cultural Centre MUSE
http://www.muse-tokorozawa.or.jp/index3.html

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/
Guitar: Kaori Muraji
Orchestra: The Tokyo Symphony (with high school students of Saitama prefecture)
http://www.tokyosymphony.com/top-E.html

Mussorgsky: Tableaux d'une exposition (Arranged by Ravel)
Tchaikovsky: Some pieces from Nutcracker
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Ravel: Bolero
Kaori's encore; Dyens: Tango en Skai
Orchestra's encore; Tchaikovsky: Valse des fleurs from Nutcracker

Acousmato of this hall is so nice, even at the seats in the pipe organ side.
Kaori's guitar sound was deeply moving, and the last tune; Bolero was the highlight!

Tomomi's conduct before was so energetic and active, but recently, elegance has been added, I think.

Totally, I could listen many good music and be satisfied with this concert. The atmosphere was relaxed and happy.

*The related Japanese article.
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200610/article_6.ht…

Tomomi Nishimoto, Tchaikovsky: Symphony in E flat major, "Life"

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/index.html
Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Foundation Russian Symphony Orchestra
http://www.dubrovnik-festival.hr/default.aspx?t=13&art=417&sec=47

This posthumous symphony "ӁӢӠҢҔ (Life)" was an unfinished symphony by Tchaikovsky. He began to write this piece between compositions of his symphony No.5 and No.6. Mr Peter Klimov completed this tune and performed in Russia, Japan, and Croatia (57TH Dubrovnik Summer Festival) in 2005-2006. I like this piece so much. It is very similar to Tchaikovsky's piano concerto No.3.
For details of this music, please download "Program" from this site. It is explained in the page 15-16 in English.
http://www.dubrovnik-festival.hr/default.aspx?t=13&art=343&sec=47
(Program, profiles of artists, and photo gallery of 57TH Dubrovnik Summer Festival)

You can listen "ӁӢӠҢҔ (Life)" in this DVD.
http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%81%E3%83%A3%E3%82%A4%E3%82%B3%E3%83%95%E3%82%B9%E3%82%…

STAGEA ELX-01X (Electone) Concert Series: Yoshihiro Andoh

May 26, 2006
Yamaha Electone City Shibuya:
http://www.global.yamaha.com/

About Yoshihiro Andoh:
http://www.yamaha-mf.or.jp/el-player/andoh/index.html

STAGEA ELX-01X (http://img.kakaku.com/images/productimage/fullscale/25040610061.jpg)is the professional model of current elctone.
(You can listen some demonstration performances by STAGEA in this site, but it is by STAGEA ELS-01, not by STAGEA ELX-01X.)
http://electone.jp/product/stagea/realtime/demo.php

Mr Yoshihiro Andoh is a professional electone player, composer, and arranger. I like his original pieces so much. The rhythm is dynamic and the melody is flowing.
He held concerts inside and outside Japan so many times, and composed music for TV and radio programs, ceremonies, games, and ice shows.
This concert was composed of his original tunes.

I believe his music is worthwhile for the World, so hope they will spread all over the World.

*The related Japanese article:
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200606/article_1.html

Nagoya International Music Festival Tomomi Nishimoto Russian Music

April 15, 2006
Nagoya Civic Hall

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/
Piano: Kentarou Haneda
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
https://www.nagoya-phil.or.jp/english/index.html

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Rachmaninov: Piano concerto No.2
Mussorgsky: Tableaux d'une exposition (Arranged by Ravel)
Khachaturian: Lezginka from Gayane (encore)

"Rachmaninov: Piano concerto No.2" was a piece which I listened in my first Tomomi's concert. The orchestra was Tchaikovsky Foundation Russian Symphony Orchestra. This performance was so much impressive, and this triggered that I go to tomomi's concerts repeatedly since then.

In this concert, Mr Haneda's piano sound was so warm and charming, I think. His encore was "When You Wish Upon a Star" with "Twinkle, twinkle, little star" in his jazz arrangement. It was so fantastic!

Each "Tableaux d'une exposition" and "Lezginka from Gayane" had a tremendous impact. I like "Lezgin…

Pasona Charity Concert Tomomi Nishimoto "Wishing for Happiness" Vol.1

April 5, 2006
Suntory Hall (Tokyo in Japan)
http://www.suntory.com/culture-sports/suntoryhall/facilities/index.html

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/index.html
New Japan Philharmonic
http://www.njp.or.jp/njp/english/triphony.html

Barber: Adagio for Strings Op.11
Poulenc: Deux Marches et un Intermede
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No.1
Rimsky-Korsakov: Shéhérazade
Khachatryan: Walts ~Masquerade (encore)

I think "Barber: Adagio for Strings Op.11" was very suit for Tomomi. In her music, strings tone is always so beautiful. She is still young (middle of 30's at this concert), but this tune was so deep and had a subtle charm.

I feel Poulenc's pieces are also suit for her. I would like to listen his works much by Tomomi's conduct in the future.

"Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No.1" is also suit for and express her, I think. Harp was so effective. During conducting this piece, confidence and dignity were shown on her back. I would like to have the recording o…

Yayoi Hirabe Recital ~9th Chamber Tone~

March 17, 2006
Blue Rose (Small Hall) of Suntory Hall (Tokyo in Japan)
http://www.suntory.com/culture-sports/suntoryhall/facilities/hallmap02.html#here

Ms Yayoi Hirabe (http://www.yamaha-mf.or.jp/el-player/hirabe/profile_biography.html), one of my most favorite composers and electone players, holds recitals named ~Chamber Tone~ in every two years. Almost of pieces in the recitals are her original or remake of classical music.

The theme of this time was "Wind". Collaboration between an accordion played by Ms Miki Mie, a bandneon played by Mr Satoshi Kitamura, and an electone played by Ms Yayoi Hirabe were splendid.

An accordion and a bandneon have the same root as an electone, so their collaboration seemed to be reasonable and natural.

The first movement of "Concerto for Solo Percussion" of Richard Rodney Bennett played by electone solo was so interesting. Ms Hirabe clapped keyboards for percussion sound and played orchestra part by herself. I understand this situation be…

YAMAHA Electone Contest 2005 Winners Concert (Tokyo)

February 12, 2006
Kioi Hall (Tokyo in Japan)
http://www.kioi-hall.or.jp/en/index.html

Pictures of this concert:
http://www.yamaha-mf.or.jp/el-con/winners_concert/report.html

Regarding the electone contest, the classic style and other styles of music categories are held in alternate years. The 2005 year was for the classic style.

I felt almost of original pieces of electone players were difficult to understand. Unfortunately I did not like them and could not understand the worth.

However, the latter part of this concert was interesting.

At first, an winner played the compulsory tune in auditions.
Next, we listened the recording of players' improvisations also during auditions. I think it is an unique but appropriate element in competition to see the players' musical ability.
Subsequently, there was a collaboration between a cello and an electone. The music was "Vocalise" of Rakhmaninov. This was arranged by an winner, and was very much beautiful.

At last, three winners from each…

2005 Hokkaido Nikikai Opera "SOUR ANGELICA" and "CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA"

October 23, 2005
Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Hokkaido in Japan)
http://www.kitara-sapporo.or.jp/contents/english/index.html

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/index.html
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
http://www.sso.or.jp/sso_e/index.html
Hokkaido Nikikai Choir, etc.

The autumn leaves aroud Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara were so beautiful.

These operas were performed in a concert style. (The conductor and orchestra were on the stage.)

It was my first time to see "SOUR ANGELICA" of Puccini. The story, music, and scenes are so artistic and moving. (Recently I like this piece so much.)
I preferred this to "CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA".

It was also my first time to see that Tomomi conducted an opera. I think her conduct were more dynamic than when she conducts symphonies.

The singer for "Angelica" and the orchestra were also fantastic.
Overall, these operas had a tremendous impact for me.

*The related Japanese article:
http://34402263.at.webry.info/200603/article_1.html

Opera Research Project "Sour Angelica"

February 4, 2006
Yamaha Electone City Shibuya Main Studio (Tokyo in Japan)
http://www.global.yamaha.com/

Conductor: Hiroshi Yoshida
Orchestra: Three Electones and one electric piano
About recent models of Electone:
http://electone.jp/product/pro_ninety.php

In Japan, operas are sometimes performed accompanied by electones, instead of orchestra. This is one of this type of performance.
I study playing electone, so it was so interesting for me.

Before the opera was started, the conductor, the producer, and the stage director had talked about the name of "Angelica", or convents, etc.
Also I read the "theme" of this opera on this program, which I had not recognized when I saw [2005 Hokkaido Nikikai Opera "SOUR ANGELICA" and "CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA"].
http://iceskate-iceskate.blogspot.com/2008/08/2005-hokkaido-nikikai-opera-sour.html

Because atmosphere of singers for the title role; "Angelica" were so different between these two performances, overall impr…

Praha Proms 2005 Japanese Night

August 6, 2005
Smetana Hall (Praha in Czech Republic)

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
http://www.tomomi-n.com/index.html
Piano: Hideyo Harada
CZECH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Giuseppe VERDI: "La forza del destino" Overture
Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano concerto No.1
Hector BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique Op.14


It was my first trip to Praha, and the purpose of this visit was to listen Ms Tomomi Nishimoto's first concert in Europe except Russia there.

Praha was beautiful and lovely city with atmosphere, and in this term, Proms music festival was held in the Smetana Hall, etc.

The Smetana Hall is historic and prestigious, which is in so graceful and magnificent building of the Municipal House.

I think "Symphonie fantastique Op.14" was best in this concert. It was just Tomomi's music, I felt. The audience must have been impressed very much because they gave her a standing ovation.

You can enjoy this concert except TCHAIKOVSKY and her interview (in Japanese) in this DVD.
[Engli…