Reviews

ars electronica Festival 2019 | Music Monday | Press Review

Three very favourable reviews (in German) for the Namekawa/Davies concert as well as the Austrian Premiere of the Piano Sonata by Philip Glass.   Volksblatt, 11.09.2019 Namekawa Dialog mit Glass “Die Japanerin nach außen impulsiver, körperlich die Intensität ihres Spiels.Das Glass-typische Fließen, die “Wassermusik”, versehen mit halsbrecherischen Sprüngen, die nur mit der Virtuosität einer Namekawa zu bewältigen sind. Der Mittelteil intim, ein Auskosten der Stille auch, in schönen Bögen schwebt… Read More »ars electronica Festival 2019 | Music Monday | Press Review
Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass after the premiere of the Piano Sonata © Klavier-Festival Ruhr / Sven Lorenz

Namekawa breathes this music …

On July 4th, 2019 Maki Namekawa premiered the Piano Sonata by Philip Glass at Pianofestival Ruhr in the German town of Essen. The “Salzlager” in the “Zeche Zollverein” was sold out in anticipation of the first piano sonata by the great American composer. After the performance Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass received standing ovations by the exited audience. Malte Hemmerich of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “… this happenstance gives the… Read More »Namekawa breathes this music …
Namekawa / Davies at Filharmonie Brno 23.3.2019_foto_Vojtěch_Kába

A Flypast of Musical Minimalism

Press Review by Brno Music Friendly City The piano recital by the chief conductor of the Filharmonie Brno Dennis Russell Davies and his wife the pianist Maki Namekawa yesterday in Besední dům offered three works by three significant figures from American minimalism. The concert included minimalist works by Steve Reich in the shape of Piano Phase, the composition Hallelujah Junction by John Adams and Four Movements for Two Pianos by… Read More »A Flypast of Musical Minimalism
Namekawa / Davies on Czeck TV

Namekawa / Davies

See this short report by Ceska televize about the duo concert on the 24th of March in Brno. → to the report
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On Apple Musics’ A-List

The Track Orphée from Namekawa/Davies’ new iTunes release “Three Pieces for four Hands” is on Apple Musics’ Classical A-List.
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Deutsche Schallplattenkritik

Isang Yun | Sunrise Falling is on the longlist of “Deutsche Schallplattenkritik”. 155 music-critics nominated 276 new releases in 32 categories of the last three months. The shortlist will be reveales on Feburary, 15th.
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Radio Feature by Helmut Jasbar

Austrian composer and journalist Helmut Jasbar featured Maki in his radio show on the 21st of November. Listen online until the 28th of November.  
Maki Namekawa plays Mishima by Philip Glass

GLASS Motion Picture & MISHIMA | Review from Gramophone UK

Namekawa’s excellent performance, combining both terraced dynamics and a kind of ‘terraced articulation’, stems from previous work on Glass’s set of 20 Piano Études. Her ability to shape, pace and project the composer’s music is most impressive during the more extended tracks, where she keeps all three elements superbly in check. On the surface there’s not a lot to distinguish between these two discs. Both feature film music by Philip… Read More »GLASS Motion Picture & MISHIMA | Review from Gramophone UK
Namekawa / Davies | Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies at Bruckner University Linz

Auf zwei Klavieren virtuos tanzen | Oberösterreichische Nachrichten vom 23. Okt. 2018

Schon zur Zeit Mozarts war es Usus, große Symphonien für kleinere Besetzungen zu bearbeiten. So auch für Klavier, wobei mehr Spielraum zwei Klaviere erlauben, die Maki Namekawa und Dennis Russell Davies bei ihrem Recital anlässlich des 100. Geburtstags von Leonard Bernstein am Sonntag im Großen Saal der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität gehörig zum Klingen brachten. Bernstein pur Maki Namekawa und Dennis Russell Davies gelingt das Kunststück, die pianistische Analyse so zu… Read More »Auf zwei Klavieren virtuos tanzen | Oberösterreichische Nachrichten vom 23. Okt. 2018

Review – New York Times – Philip Glass, Easy to Mimic but Hard to Match

“ On Saturday, at Roulette in Brooklyn, the pianists Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies reveled in a program of Mr. Glass’s piano music, about half of which had been adapted from the composer’s operas. There wasn’t a single dud in this sparkling concert. A suite from “Les Enfants Terribles” showed how much expressive range these two longtime Glass interpreters can bring to his music, with an intoxicating sense of… Read More »Review – New York Times – Philip Glass, Easy to Mimic but Hard to Match