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. CREATIVE MADNESS Excerpts of a superb review of Maki Namekawa’s recital… Read More »Namekawa breathes this music… -> Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Review
New York Times, Nov, 20 2019, by Zachary Woolfe, Photo by Hiroyuki Ito Review: Philip Glass, at 82, Unveils His First Piano Sonata Thousands of people took in the bronzed, glacial grandeur of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday evening. A couple of miles downtown, a far smaller group heard a very different Glass — lively and sly; intimate and changeable — as Maki Namekawa gave… Read More »NYTimes 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
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
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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
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