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Chopin to Japan

by Makiko Hirata

Tracing Chopin's indirect influences to the first Japanese composers: Chopin-Scriabin-Yamada, and Chopin-Debussy-Takemitsu
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Etude No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 "Aeolian Harp"
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2. Suite bergamsque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
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3. Mazurka in A-Minor, Op. 3-7
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4. Mazurka No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 59
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5. Mazurka No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 59
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6. Mazurka No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 59
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7. Mazurka in F-Sharp Minor, L. 67
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8. Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27-1
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9. Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27-2
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10. Nocturne for the Left Hand in D-Flat Major, Op. 9-2
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11. Nocturne in D-Flat Major, L. 82
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12. Night Poem (From Two Pieces for Scriabin)
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13. Unforgettable Night in Moscow (From Two Pieces for Scriabin)
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14. Blue Flame
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15. Vers La Flamme, Op. 72
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16. La plus que lente, L. 121
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17. Litany: II. Lento misterioso
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Album Notes
“Chopin is the greatest of them all, for through the piano alone, he discovered everything” – said Debussy. The two giants with perhaps the greatest influence on the 20th C music and beyond, Debussy (1862-1918) and Scriabin (1872-1915), both admired Chopin (1810-49). They started their compositions for solo piano with pieces like Nocturnes and Mazurkas, clearly imitating Chopin who established these genres for solo piano. It did not take them long to continue what Chopin had initiated and to establish their entirely new and ground breaking musical languages. These two composers directly influenced two Japanese composers. One of them, Kósçak Yamada (1886-1965), heard “Poem” by Scriabin in Moscow in 1913, and went onto write pieces like “Homage to Scriabin” and “Poem”, along with the first Symphonies composed by a Japanese composer, and many of the very first operas in Japanese. The other, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), called Debussy his “composition mentor”. “Chopin to Japan” explores these lineages, and reconfirms the notion that music is a universal language.

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kazuhiro Abe

Passion of foreign land.
The extreme passion of Polish melody runs through the fast current of Japan,
and there appears Chopin in Japanese kimono: Airy and sensitive, supple and stimulating.
Makiko Hirata's performance reflects her 'way of the piano'.
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Sadahiko Kano

Fascinating piano message not only to Japan but to all the world, accurate, soft
I have been listening not only to this "Chopin to Japan", but also other Makiko Hirata's piano pieces such as "Goldberg Variations of Bach", "Hammerklavier of Beethoven" which also has Scarlatti, nad Salonen, and "Makiko Hirata plays Haydn, Schubert, and Franck". In all of them, I like her accurate but soft and artistic touch which makes her piano sing very eloquently to convery what the composers wanted to convey through their beautiful pieces. But in this "Chopin to Japan" CD, she exibited new Chopin to me as a Japanese audience. I believe it is meant not only to Japan but to all the world, in the sense that music is a universal language and what Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin, Yamada and Takemitsu wanted to express can be shared and appreciated throughout the entire world, to bring joy of music and the message of peace in mind to everyone whatever his/her national and cultural background could be. Fascinating piece!!
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