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OHZAWA: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 2

Composer(s):Ohzawa, Hisato
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, Conductor • Russian Philharmonic OrchestraSaranceva, Ekaterina, piano
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570177
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Hisato Ohzawa, one of the foremost Japanese composers of the first half of the twentieth century, studied in the 1930s in Boston and Paris. This second Naxos disc of his music features two works premièred by the composer in Paris. As with many of his other works written in the 1930s, Piano Concerto No. 2 combines elements of jazz, impressionism and Japanese-style melodies. Scored for a large orchestra including triple winds, celesta and a variety of percussion, the Symphony No. 2 has the character of a Concerto for Orchestra. The highly original second movement is made up of four independent parts: two arias and two toccatas, played alternately, with each part requiring a soloist or soloists.


Review By Steven Ritter,Audiophile Audition,May 2008

I enjoyed this album tremendously…This music is clever and very intimate in that its descriptiveness (not in a literal sense) is as though someone was telling a story…The Russian Philharmonic definitely sounds better here than I have heard them in the past—no complaints at all, and conductor Yablonsky has the full measure of this music. This is quite a discovery, and the resurrection of a man who certainly deserves more than the obscurity he has been languishing in for 50 years. The sound is resonant and clear, with the right amount of warmth. Positively recommended!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2008

Born into a prosperous Japanese family in 1907, Hisato Ohzawa had a most impressive list of musical mentors



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