Reviews

Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass after the premiere of the Piano Sonata © Klavier-Festival Ruhr / Sven Lorenz

Namekawa breathes this music… -> Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Review

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 …

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NYTimes 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Von Himmel und Erde, von Schubert bis Philip Glass

Liederabend: Martin Achrainer und Maki Namekawa begeisterten das Publikum in der Linzer Ursulinenkirche. Liederabend: Martin Achrainer und Maki Namekawa begeisterten das Publikum in der Linzer Ursulinenkirche. Am Sonntag gab Martin Achrainer gemeinsam mit Maki Namekawa einen “Musica sacra”-Liederabend, dessen Texte auf der Grenzlinie zwischen Himmel und Erde, zwischen Diesseits und Jenseits, ja zwischen Bewusstsein und …

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Maki Namekawa © Tom Mesic

Bewundernswerte Intensität

Reichlichen Beifall erntete auch die Pianistin Maki Namekawa für ihre technisch souveräne und musikalisch überzeugende Interpretation von Igor Strawinskys “Concerto für Klavier, Bläser, Pauken und Kontrabässe” (1924) und Maurice Ravels Klavierkonzert in G-Dur (1932). Ein Sonderlob gebührt hier auch den Bläsern des BLO für die hervoragend ausgeführeten Soli. Zwischen den rasanten, rhytmisch markanten Ecksätzen in …

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