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Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 3

Nishizaki / Vivaldi / Dennis / Nynz / Walls
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572380   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Friedrich SeitzFranz SchubertJohannes BrahmsAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Terence DennisTakako NishizakiAlexander Jablokov
Conductor:  Peter WallsOliver v. Dohnányi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the age of nine, Takako Nishizaki became the first student to complete the (then new) Suzuki method, which her father Shinji Nishizaki helped to develop and subsequently taught. This seven-disc series of "Suzuki Evergreens" is thus a touching tribute both to her father and to her famous teacher, and it would be difficult to imagine a project like this realized with more obvious affection or lavished with more care. Given the fact that most of the material on these discs consists of short works, transcriptions, and arrangements of both familiar favorites and unfamiliar pieces, it will appeal first and foremost to young violin students, who surely will find much to emulate. Nishizaki demonstrates that there is no piece so simple Read more or technically unchallenging that does not benefit from being played beautifully.

This third volume, however, sustains a level of interest well beyond the didactic. The two "learning" concertos by Friedrich Seitz (for violin and piano) are delightful, and certainly reward repeated listening. It's easy to imagine young violinists playing them with pride, and Nishizaki's singing tone and unaffected phrasing ensures that the music's melodic charm really shines. Terence Dennis accompanies with all the necessary sensitivity and discretion.

Next come two lullabies, Schubert's D. 498 and Brahms' famous Op. 49 No. 4. In each case the vocal original is immediately followed by Nishizaki playing a transcription for violin and piano. The opportunity to compare the two versions offers students (and ordinary listeners) the chance to hear how the violin realizes an aesthetic ideal: approximating the expressive qualities of the human singing voice. Sopranos Birgid Steinberger and Mitsuko Shirai make fine soloists in the two songs.

The program ends with the outer movements of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 3 No. 6, followed by the first movement of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins (twice--initially just Violin II plus piano, and then with both solo parts plus orchestra; Violin I plus piano appears on the next volume in this series). Once again Nishizaki turns what easily could have sounded like a thankless chore into a remarkably absorbing listening experience. It's fun hearing Bach's solo parts disentangled and then reunited.

Given the highly varied provenance of these recordings and the very different forces required, the engineering is consistently good. Violin students, whether Suzuki trained or not, certainly should collect this series. Regular listeners with an interest in this repertoire should start with this third volume, and move on to the other discs at will.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Student Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 2 in G major, Op. 13 by Friedrich Seitz
Performer:  Terence Dennis (Piano), Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1900s 
Venue:  WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilto 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Student Concerto for violin & piano No. 5, Op. 22 by Friedrich Seitz
Performer:  Terence Dennis (Piano), Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilto 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Wiegenlied, D 498/Op. 98 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Terence Dennis (Piano), Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilto 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Terence Dennis (Piano), Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilto 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356: 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Walls
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356: 3rd movement, Presto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Walls
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Italy 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 1st movement, Vivace by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Alexander Jablokov (Violin)
Conductor:  Oliver v. Dohnányi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  WEL Academy, Waikato University, Hamilto 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 13 (arr. for violin and piano): I. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 13 (arr. for violin and piano): II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 13 (arr. for violin and piano): III. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 5, Op. 22 (arr. for violin and piano): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 5, Op. 22 (arr. for violin and piano): II. Andante cantabile
Violin Concerto No. 5, Op. 22 (arr. for violin and piano): III. Rondo
Wiegenlied, Op. 98, No. 2, D. 498 (arr. for violin and piano): Wiegenlied (Lullaby), Op. 98, No. 2, D. 498 (arr. for violin and piano)
Wiegenlied, Op. 98, No. 2, D. 498: Wiegenlied (Lullaby), Op. 98, No. 2, D. 498
5 Lieder, Op. 49 (arr. S. Suzuki): 5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (arr. for violin and piano)
5 Lieder, Op. 49 (text by J. Wenzig): 5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, RV 356 (arr. for violin and piano): Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, RV 356: I. Allegro (arr. for violin and piano)
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, RV 356: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, RV 356 (arr. for violin and piano): Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, RV 356: III. Presto (arr. for violin and piano)
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, RV 356: III. Presto
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 (arr. for violin and piano): Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace (arr. for violin and piano, Violin II only)
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace

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