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Hiroaki Ooi, Harpsichord Recital
Goldberg Variations, Intriguing Interpretation

Variation 29 was neither fanfare nor climax. Hiroaki Ooi's performance sounded like Goldberg Variations doesn’t want a melodramatic actor predicting or suggesting the ending Aria. Music simply continues everlastingly transfiguring. Like a whispering sounds of eternity?

Yes, his interpretation was challenging and intriguing. Perhaps it might be authentic. But he skipped almost all repeats. For what?

The program was big. Italian Concerto and French Overture had been played beforehand. That’s the reason of Goldberg with no repeats?

I could get very close to his entire view of Goldberg, but not arrived yet.


Venue: Mejiro Anglican Church
Date: 3rd June 2007
Harpsichord: Ooi Hiroaki
Program:
J. S. Bach, Italienisches Konzert BWV 971
J. S. Bach, Franzoesiche Ouvertuere BWV 831
J. S. Bach, Goldberg Variations BWV 988
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# by mejiro2007_en | 2007-06-03 23:07
Marie Nishiyama Harpsichord Recital
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Marie Nishiyama Harpsichord Recital
17th century Italian Clavier Music


Programmed are eleven Italian short pieces of 17th century, which, aside from Girolamo Frescobaldi’s, are not necessarily familiar to common Mejiro people. But that was not problematic at this banquet hosted by Marie Nishiyama. She started her service from Giovanni Picchi’s Toccata e Ballo ditto il Pichi as “aperitif” to Tarquinino Merula's Toccata del secondo tono as “Cremona antipasto” eventually to G. Picchi’s Pass’ e mezzo as “Venetian dancing steak”. Before serving each, she added to the audience a brief comment about its style and taste with relaxing atmosphere. Thus nobody felt alienated while listening to these unknown pieces.

On top of that the instrument she played was something special. Normally G sharp and A flat are different names of the same pitch. But as to this harpsichord, each of these two tones has its own key. Amazing! G sharp and A flat make physically different tones with different keys. And that enables to tune in "meantone" temperament even for this two-hour recital with various pieces. Using this instrument, it is possible to make any major third ideally comfortable. As the matter of fact it sounded “tasty”.

For me that was quite a "speciality".



Venue: Chapel of International Catholic Church, Tokyo
Date: 2nd June
Harpsichord: Marie Nishiyama



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Different keys are assigned to G sharp and A flat as well as to D sharp and E flat



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Outside the chapel after concert


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# by mejiro2007_en | 2007-06-02 22:28
The Reason Is Super Simple
Why Monteverdi in Japan?

The answer is simple: because "WE DESIRE IT!"


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The premiere’s tickets were sold out



Photo: People in line waiting for the opening.


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# by mejiro2007_en | 2007-06-01 22:50
Review: Claudio Monteverdi, "Vespro della Beata Vergine"
Mejiro Ba-Rock 2007 Premiered


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Conducted by Yoshimichi Hamada’s vibrantly colored rhythms rich in nuance, Vespro shone St. Mary’s Cathedral.

While conducting, Hamada also played the cornet solo. And it was witnessed that his exquisite sense of blowing and breathing was a source of the dynamism where the voices and instruments reunited themselves with exceptionally intimate sound.

The soul of 17th century Italian monks revived in Tokyo this evening through the uplifting chants and pious prayers elaborated with “rhythms of cantabile”. It was monumental.


Information
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo, June 1st
Naomi Hanai, Junko Takayama, Nobuaki Nanajo, Yosuke Taniguchi, Yasuto Kasuga, Yoshitaka Ogasawara,
Anthonello,
La Voce Orfica
Rafael Bonavita, theorbo
Conducted by Yoshimichi Hamada, cornet

Program:
Claudio Monteverdi, Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)
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# by mejiro2007_en | 2007-06-01 20:23
 
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