Noriko Ogawa

Biography

Noriko Ogawa is a major pianist who bases her career half in her native Japan and half in Europe. Her repertory is primarily of the Romantic era and later, with an emphasis on recent classics. After establishing a solid career in Japan, she came to international acclaim with a third place finish in the Leeds International Piano Competition of 1987. This led to her attracting a large following in the United Kingdom, resulting in her decision to Read more spend half of her professional life in Europe. She has appeared with all the major orchestras of the British Isles, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square. In Europe she has appeared with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Orchestra (Finland), and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. She also broadcasts regularly on the Japanese television networks NHK and Nippon Television, and has toured extensively with the NKH Symphony Orchestra. She frequently appears also on the BBC. She is a well-regarded accompanist, particularly known for frequent appearances with Korean violinist Dong-Suk Kang. She is an exclusive artist for the major independent Swedish classical label BIS. The Times of London chose her recording of the second and third Rachmaninov concertos as one of the best releases of 1997, and her account of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition won a Critics' Choice Award. She released a stunning disc of complete Takemitsu piano music, and has also recorded piano concertos of Tcherepnin, as well as music by Harald Saeverud, Johan Peterson-Berger, and selections of Japanese solo piano music and music for cello and piano. After the turn of the century she continued projects to record more Rachmaninov and music of Schumann and Debussy. There is, incidentally, a Japanese soprano of the same name, also building a significant career in Europe and Japan, who performs as Noriko Ogawa-Yatake. Read less
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Biography

Noriko Ogawa is a major pianist who bases her career half in her native Japan and half in Europe. Her repertory is primarily of the Romantic era and later, with an emphasis on recent classics. After establishing a solid career in Japan, she came to international acclaim with a third place finish in the Leeds International Piano Competition of 1987. This led to her attracting a large following in the United Kingdom, resulting in her decision to Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
I. Theme and Variations: Andante grazioso
II. Menuetto
III. Alla turca: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro vivace
Introduction: Allegro vivace
Variation 1: Precedente
Theme: L'istesso tempo
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Piu vivo
Variation 5: Tempo precedente
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation 8: Tempo I
Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
Variation 10: Poco marcato
Variation 11: Moderato
Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 13: Allegro
Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
Variation 16. Allegretto
Variation 17: (Allegretto)
Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Variation 19: A tempo vivace
Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
No. 1 in E major
No. 2 in G major
I. Prelude
II. Menuet
III. Clair de lune
IV. Passepied
I. Prelude
II. Sarabande
III. Toccata
No. 1. Reflets dans l'eau
No. 2. Hommage a Rameau
No. 3. Mouvement
No. 1. Cloches a travers les feuillies
No. 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
No. 3. Poissons d'or
I. Lent (melancolique et doux)
II. Dans le mouvement d'une Sarabande
III. Quelques aspects de nous n'irons plus au bois
No. 1. Pagodes
No. 2. La soiree dans Grenade
No. 3. Jardins sous la pluie
No. 1. Danseuses de Delphes: Lent et grave
No. 2. Voiles: Modere
No. 3. Le vent dans la plaine: Anime
No. 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir: Modere
No. 5. Les collines d'Anacapri: Tres modere
No. 6. Des pas sur la neige: Triste et lent
No. 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest: Anime et tumultueux
No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin: Tres calme et doucement expressif
No. 9. La serenade interrompue: Moderement anime
No. 10. La cathedrale engloutie: Profondement calme
No. 11. La danse de Puck: Capricieux et leger
No. 12. Minstrels: Modere
I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
II. Jimbo's Lullaby
III. Serenade of the Doll
IV. The Snow is Dancing
V. The Little Shepherd
VI. Golliwogg's Cake Walk
No. 1: Brouillards
No. 2: Feuilles mortes
No. 3: La Puerta del Vino
No. 4: Les Fees sont d'exquises danseuses
No. 5: Bruyeres
No. 6: General Lavine - eccentric
No. 7: La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
No. 8: Ondine
No. 9: Hommage a S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
No. 10: Canope
No. 11: Les tierces alternees
No. 12: Feux d'artifice
Prelude: Le sommeil de la boite (The Toy-box Asleep) - Tableau 1: Le magasin de jouets (The Toy Shop)
Tableau 2: Le champ de bataille (The Field of Battle)
Tableau 3: La bergerie a vendre (The Sheepfold for Sale) -
Tableau 4: Apres fortune faite - Epilogue
No. 1. Pour les cinq doigts (For the five fingers)
No. 2. Pour les tierces (For thirds)
No. 3. Pour les quartes (For fourths)
No. 4. Pour les sixtes (For sixths)
No. 5. Pour les octaves (For octaves)
No. 6. Pour les huit doigts (For eight fingers)
No. 7. Pour les degres chromatiques (For chromatic steps)
No. 8. Pour les agrements (For ornaments)
No. 9. Pour les notes repetees (For repeated notes)
No. 10. Pour les sonorites opposees (For opposing sonorities)
No. 11. Pour les arpeges composes (For written arpeggios)
No. 12. Pour les accords (For chords)
No. 1. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'ete
No. 2. Pour un tombeau sans nom
No. 3. Pour que la nuit soit propice
No. 4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
No. 5. Pour l'Egyptienne
No. 6. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
Fugue pour le concours de fugue (1881) (arr. N. Ogawa for piano)
Fugue pour le concours de fugue (1882) (arr. N. Ogawa for piano)
Fugue pour le concours de fugue (1883) (arr. N. Ogawa for piano)
Fugue pour le concours d'essai, Prix de Rome Competition (1882) (arr. N. Ogawa for piano)
Fugue pour le concours d'essai, Prix de Rome Competition (incomplete) (1883) (arr. N. Ogawa for piano)
I. Andante ma non troppo
II. Lento e molto espressivo
III. Allegro molto
No. 1 in E major
No. 2 in G major
I. Prelude
II. Menuet
III. Clair de lune
IV. Passepied
I. Prelude
II. Sarabande
III. Toccata
I. Moderato
II. Alegro
No. 1: Brouillards
No. 2: Feuilles mortes
No. 3: La Puerta del Vino
No. 4: Les Fees sont d'exquises danseuses
No. 5: Bruyeres
No. 6: General Lavine - eccentric
No. 7: La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
No. 8: Ondine
No. 9: Hommage a S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
No. 10: Canope
No. 11: Les tierces alternees
No. 12: Feux d'artifice
Prelude: Le sommeil de la boite (The Toy-box Asleep). Tableau 1: Le magasin de jouets (The Toy Shop)
Tableau 2: Le champ de bataille (The Field of Battle)
Tableau 3: La bergerie a vendre (The Sheepfold for Sale) -
Tableau 4: Apres fortune faite - Epilogue
I. Molto Moderato
II. Molto allegro
I. Autumn (the wind soughs in the trees)
II. Winter Landscape
III. Dance (Mazurka tempo)
IV. The March of Spring (Woodlands, meadows and silent moors)
I. Eastern Chamber Dream (Moderato)
II. Yan Kuei Fei's Love Sacrifice (Sostenuto - Animato)
III. Road to Yunnan (Allegretto)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale
I. Danseuses de Delphes: Lent et grave
II. Voiles: Modere
III. Le vent dans la plaine: Anime
IV. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir: Modere
V. Les collines d'Anacapri: Tres modere
VI. Des pas sur la neige: Triste et lent
VII. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest: Anime et tumultueux
VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin: Tres calme et doucement expressif
IX. La serenade interrompue: Moderement anime
X. La cathedrale engloutie: Profondement calme
XI. La danse de Puck: Capricieux et leger
XII. Minstrels: Modere
I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
II. Jimbo's Lullaby
III. Serenade of the Doll
IV. The Snow is Dancing
V. The Little Shepherd
VI. Golliwogg's Cake Walk
No. 1. Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the water)
No. 2. Hommage a Rameau
No. 3. Mouvement
No. 1. Cloches a travers les feuillies (Bells through the leaves)
No. 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut (And the moon descends on the ruins of the Temple)
No. 3. Poissons d'or (Goldfish)
I. Lent (melancolique et doux)
II. Souvenir du Louvre
III. Quelques aspects de "nous n´irons plus au bois" parce qu´il fait un temps insupportable
I. Pagodes
II. La soiree dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la pluie
I. Allegro animato con festoso
II. Lento amoroso
III. Prestissimo gaio
I. Bird-phobia
II. A Bird in the Twilight
III. Twitter Machine
IV. A Bird in the Noon
V. Bird Circuit