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Akira Miyoshi: Piano Sonata; Chaines: Preludes for Piano; Pour le Pianoa - Mouvement Circulaire / Yukiko Kojima, piano

Album Summary

>Miyoshi, Akira : Sonata for piano
>Miyoshi, Akira : Chaines, Preludes for piano
>Miyoshi, Akira : En Vers, for piano
>Miyoshi, Akira : Pour le piano, mouvement Circulaire et Croise, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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.

Akira Miyoshi was a child prodigy on piano, studying with Kozaburo Hirai and Tomojiro Ikenouchi. He studied French literature at the University of Tokyo and then at the Paris Conservatory with Henri Challan and Raymond Gallois-Montbrun from 1955 to 1957. He was very influenced by Henri Dutilleux. He returned to Japan in 1957 and continued studying French, graduating in 1960. In 1965, he became a professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Miyoshi is the recipient of the 31st Suntory Music Award (1999). He has won four Otaka prizes for his compositions.

Yukiko Kojima is a native of Nagano in Japan. She received the Bachelor of Music in solo performance from McGill University where she was a student of Prof. Kyoko Hashimoto. She was given the Vladimir Elgart Award, Bruneau Prize, and Outstanding Achievement in Piano from McGill University. In 2007, she won the 2nd prize (no 1st prize was given) in the second Masters Piano Competition in Tokyo, which lead to her becoming a member of the All Nippon Players' Association. She performs extensively in Japan, with a special dedication to the works of 20th century composers such as Bela Bartok, Iannis Xenakis, Nikolai Kapustin, and Chick Corea. In 2009, she performed Rachmaninoff's 3rd piano concerto, and will perform his "Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini", with Iida Symphony Orchestra in next season.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Akira Miyoshi's record includes works that span 40 years of the Japanese composer's career. His piano sonata (1958) is deeply entrenched in the modernism of the mid-20th century Miyoshi was able to achieve a wonderful balance between moments of turbulent expression and periods of hushed stasis. This record offers a nice survey of his solo piano works in good performances by Kojima.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Odradek (02/18/2013-02/21/2013).



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>Miyoshi, Akira : Sonata for piano
  • Performer: Yukiko Kojima (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1958

>Miyoshi, Akira : Chaînes, Preludes for piano
  • Performer: Yukiko Kojima (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Miyoshi, Akira : En Vers, for piano
  • Performer: Yukiko Kojima (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Miyoshi, Akira : Pour le piano, mouvement Circulaire et Croisé, for piano
  • Performer: Yukiko Kojima (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Odradek (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995-1998