Live at Carnegie Hall - works by Chopin, Musto, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Stephen Foster / Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano [DVD]

Album Summary

>Musto, John : Prelude and Fugue
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
>Foster, Stephen : Jeannie with the light brown hair
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On November 10, 2011, Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind pianist from Japan who was the winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal in 2009 appeared on the stage of Carnegie Hall. His dream had come true. Arguably the most important event in the career of any performer, for "Nobu" it was a miracle. With his brilliant technique and beautiful tone, he contrasts familiar warhorses with newer pieces, including one of his own compositions, written in memory of the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Nobu brought the usually reserved Carnegie Hall audience to its feet. Interviewed after Nobuyuki Tsujii's recital, Van Cliburn observed: 'What a thrill to hear this brilliant, very gifted, fabulous pianist. You feel God's presence in the room when he plays. His soul is so pure, his music is so wonderful and it goes to infinity, to the highest heaven.'



Reviews

Gifted piano playing
Nobuyuki Tsujii is the co-winner of the Gold Medal of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This DVD is a recording of his Carnegie Hall debut concert, and it is obvious from the footage backstage that this concert means a great deal to Mr. Tsujii, who has been blind from birth – but it’s Carnegie Hall, and that’s a big deal. And Mr. Tsujii delivers!

The concert features the Improvisation and Fugue of John Musto, and moves right into Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “The Tempest”, and it is wonderful. But what follows, Franz Liszt’s “Un sospiro” from Trois Etudes de concert, No. 3, is amazing – Mr. Tsujii definitely shows that the virtuosity required for this piece is not a problem for him in the slightest. Next is Liszt’s Verdi Opera Transcription of Rigoletto for piano, and this is *amazing* and fun. I wish I had been there to hear this in person!

The real centerpiece of the concert, though, is Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Mr. Tsujii performs this work magnificently, with deft technique and sensitivity, as well as conveying the personality of each art work depicted by Mussorgsky. This piece gets a huge ovation from the crowd, and it is well deserved. Mr. Tsujii then plays his own arrangement of Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”, followed by Chopin’s Prelude in D flat major, Op. 28, No. 15, which is absolutely stunning, and ends the concert with a heartfelt work of his own, an Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. And Mr. Tsujii’s reaction back stage after the concert is over is neat to see as well.

This video is wonderful. Highly recommended.

Submitted on 02/18/13 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Musto, John : Prelude and Fugue
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Foster, Stephen : Jeannie with the light brown hair
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839
  • Studio/Live: Live