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Dream Concert: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra "Shéhérazade"

November 23, 2006
Dream Hall of Fucyu Cultural Promotion Foundation

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Piano: Yukio Yokoyama
Orchestra: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

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.…

(Articles planned)

*Yayoi Hirabe "10th chambertone" (Japanese)

*Tomomi Nishimoto conducting Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo regular concert and The "From the New World" Japan tour (Japanese) (Japanese) (Japanese)


35th International Junior Original Concert

November 11, 2006
Bunkamura Orchard Hall

This was composed of original pieces by children in Yamaha music schools worldwide.
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.

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.

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra 163th Sunday Concert

November 5, 2006
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Violin: Mayuko Kamio (An winner of 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition)
Orchestra: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

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

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.

You can listen a collaboration between Tomomi and this orchestra (Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra) in this CD.…

Natsumi Tamai Violin Recital

October 17, 2006
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

About Natsumi Tamai
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.

Tomomi Nishimoto ~Spanish Passion and Russian Melancholy~

October 15, 2006
Tokorozawa Civic Cultural Centre MUSE

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Guitar: Kaori Muraji
Orchestra: The Tokyo Symphony (with high school students of Saitama prefecture)

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.…

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

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Foundation Russian Symphony Orchestra

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.
(Program, profiles of artists, and photo gallery of 57TH Dubrovnik Summer Festival)

You can listen "ӁӢӠҢҔ (Life)" in this DVD.…

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

May 26, 2006
Yamaha Electone City Shibuya:

About Yoshihiro Andoh:

STAGEA ELX-01X ( 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.)

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: