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Nagoya International Music Festival Tomomi Nishimoto Russian Music

April 15, 2006
Nagoya Civic Hall

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Piano: Kentarou Haneda
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

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)

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
New Japan Philharmonic

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)

Ms Yayoi Hirabe (, 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)

Pictures of this concert:

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)

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
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:

Opera Research Project "Sour Angelica"

February 4, 2006
Yamaha Electone City Shibuya Main Studio (Tokyo in Japan)

Conductor: Hiroshi Yoshida
Orchestra: Three Electones and one electric piano
About recent models of Electone:

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"].

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
Piano: Hideyo Harada

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.