Concert 1. Wednesday 3 October 2012 8pm PDF Print E-mail

NORIKO OGAWA

piano

 

PROGRAMME

Mozart Piano Sonata no. 12 in F K332
Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II
Debussy Images Book I
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

 

Norika Ogawa played at ICC in 1989 shortly after her 1987 success in the Leeds International Piano Competition. Since then she has played with all the

major European, Japanese and US orchestras.

 

With her wonderful dynamic range and colour palate, she is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician. Her recording of the complete

solo piano works of her favourite composer Debussy met with critical acclaim.

 

Book I of 'Images' comprises three contrasting impressionistic pieces. The 'Rain Tree Sketch II' written 'In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen' reflects

the influence of that composer on Takemitsu. Beginning with the Mozart sonata, written at the height of his powers, the recital ends with Mussorgsky's monumental piano composition in a

performance of the original autographed score.

 

"A Debussy interpreter of exceptional class"

INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

 

"A most elegant, scrupulously sensitive

interpreter" GRAMOPHONE

 

 

 

 


 

CONCERT REVIEW

Vivid Pictures in the Mind
Noriko Ogawa's reputation has rested on her remarkable interpretations of Debussy's music, and this featured strongly in her well-planned recital. So it was fascinating to hear her in the Mozart Sonata K332, music that is in such a very different style.
There are basically two ways of playing classical keyboard music, either to be mindful of the limitations of the instruments it was written for, or to utilize the full potential of the modern grand piano. She chose the latter approach, for which I was grateful. This allowed her to display her limpid and varied touch and she was not afraid to use subtle rubato where appropriate. Her reading was expressive but not overly romanticized and the impetuous finale was played with élan, though clarity was sometimes compromised by over-use of the sustaining pedal.
The Debussy Images Book 1 was preceded by Takemitsu's Second Rain Sketch, music which is deeply indebted to Debussy as well as to Messaien its dedicatee. As in the Images that followed the playing was spellbindingly evocative, we were awash with colour. She has a wonderful ability to use dynamics to create a sense of foreground and background. In the succeeding Reflets dans l'Eau, music of almost Lisztian bravura but without his preposterous vulgarity, her wonderful control of keyboard texture was striking,
In Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition she brought out the character of each piece superbly with powerful attack for the Gnome, peasant strength in Bydlo the ox-cart, the virtuosic chattering of Limoges, a huge dynamic range in Catacombs, percussive attack emphasizing the discords in Baba-Yaga and the gloriously rich tonal palette for the Great Gate of Kiev.
This work is more often heard in the Ravel orchestration and a performance of the piano original can sometimes seem to lack impact. Such was the power of her playing (and the quality of the hall's instrument) that we didn't miss a full symphony orchestra for a moment. As a bonne-bouche she gave us more delectable Debussy.
G.K.
The following recordings were recommended in the programme.
Mozart
My favourite Mozart Piano Sonata cycles are by Walter Klien and Klara Würtz. Klein's K.332 is on a budget 2 disc set that includes the later Piano Sonatas (Vox CDX5046). The recordings are analogue but have been well transferred to CD, and the performances are wonderfully sensitive. Klara Würtz plays all the Mozart Sonatas on Brilliant Classics 94034, a 5 CD set which costs less than the price of one full price CD. The recording quality is excellent and the performances are beautifully balanced.
Takemitsu
Ms Ogawa's disc of Takemitsu works can be regarded as authoritive and she is superbly recorded on BIS-CD-805 (full price).
Debussy
There are many excellent recordings of Debussy's Images and Ms Ogawa's version is among the best on BIS-CD-1205 (full price). Alternatively, she plays Debussy's complete Piano Works on BIS-CD-195556 (6 CDs for the price of 3). There is a wonderful budget priced performance on Vox CDX5103 (2 CDs) with Ivan Moravec, and the couplings are some marvellous perfomances of Chopin.
Mussorgsky
Sviatoslav Richter was one of the greatest performers of this work and there is an early, but good, recording on Regis RRC 1373 (budget price). The couplings are Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.1 and Piano Sonata No.7. A good modern recording alternative is given by Nikolai Demidenko on Hyperion Helios CDH55306 (budget price). The couplings are pieces from Prokofiev's "Romeo & Juliet" and the Toccata in D.
Raymond Waud.
CLUB NOTES
OUR NEW MEMBERS
Each year we are happy to welcome new Season Ticket holders. All people who have bought a seat for the Season automatically become Members of Ilkley Concert Club. Some of you have had to wait a year; thanks for your patience. We hope that you will enjoy our wonderful programmes as well as the Club's friendly atmosphere.
Many of our Members keep coming back for more for decades. This loyal membership is one of the greatest strengths of Ilkley Concert Club – it gives us tremendous stability which is particularly important in such uncertain times.
COMMITTEE CHANGES
You have a new Chairman – David Wharmby – who can be contacted by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01943 604 178. I hope that I can live up to the amazing standards set by David Pyett in his 36 seasons as Chairman. By the time you read this we hope that David will have been ratified as President of the Club at tonight's AGM. You will be pleased to know that David will be continuing take the lead in organising the programming, whilst helping to pass on his vast knowledge to other members of the committee.
CELEBRATION CONCERT
I have been asked: "What are we going to do recognise David's enormous achievements?" We intend to have a special Celebration Concert for him as the first concert of next Season (October 2013). For many years David has wanted to hear Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring", with its famous Shaker melody, in the King's Hall. The programme will be built around the 13 players & conductor for the Copland, so will be very expensive to put on. We will be approaching Members to make special contributions to this concert in recognition of the extraordinary debt Ilkley Concert Club owes to David Pyett, and also to Margaret his wife who has worked so hard for ICC.
RETURNED TICKETS
If you can't come to a concert please let us know so we can try to resell them - a full hall is such a pleasure for the artists. Jennie Rundle has kindly agreed to take on the task of dealing with ticket returns and sales. Contact
Mrs J. Rundle on 01943 60 9045 10am to 7 pm only
(10am to 1pm on concert day) for Ticket Returns and Sales 

 

Vivid Pictures in the Mind

 

Noriko Ogawa's reputation has rested on her remarkable interpretations of Debussy's music, and this featured strongly in her well-planned recital. So it was fascinating to hear her in the Mozart Sonata K332, music that is in such a very different style.

 

There are basically two ways of playing classical keyboard music, either to be mindful of the limitations of the instruments it was written for, or to utilize the full potential of the modern grand piano. She chose the latter approach, for which I was grateful. This allowed her to display her limpid and varied touch and she was not afraid to use subtle rubato where appropriate. Her reading was expressive but not overly romanticized and the impetuous finale was played with élan, though clarity was sometimes compromised by over-use of the sustaining pedal.

 

The Debussy Images Book 1 was preceded by Takemitsu's Second Rain Sketch, music which is deeply indebted to Debussy as well as to Messaien its dedicatee. As in the Images that followed the playing was spellbindingly evocative, we were awash with colour. She has a wonderful ability to use dynamics to create a sense of foreground and background. In the succeeding Reflets dans l'Eau, music of almost Lisztian bravura but without his preposterous vulgarity, her wonderful control of keyboard texture was striking,

 

In Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition she brought out the character of each piece superbly with powerful attack for the Gnome, peasant strength in Bydlo the ox-cart, the virtuosic chattering of Limoges, a huge dynamic range in Catacombs, percussive attack emphasizing the discords in Baba-Yaga and the gloriously rich tonal palette for the Great Gate of Kiev.This work is more often heard in the Ravel orchestration and a performance of the piano original can sometimes seem to lack impact. Such was the power of her playing (and the quality of the hall's instrument) that we didn't miss a full symphony orchestra for a moment. As a bonne-bouche she gave us more delectable Debussy.

 

G.K.

 

The following recordings were recommended in the programme.

 

Mozart My favourite Mozart Piano Sonata cycles are by Walter Klien and Klara Würtz. Klein's K.332 is on a budget 2 disc set that includes the later Piano Sonatas (Vox CDX5046). The recordings are analogue but have been well transferred to CD, and the performances are wonderfully sensitive. Klara Würtz plays all the Mozart Sonatas on Brilliant Classics 94034, a 5 CD set which costs less than the price of one full price CD. The recording quality is excellent and the performances are beautifully balanced.


Takemitsu Ms Ogawa's disc of Takemitsu works can be regarded as authoritive and she is superbly recorded on BIS-CD-805 (full price).

DebussyThere are many excellent recordings of Debussy's Images and Ms Ogawa's version is among the best on BIS-CD-1205 (full price). Alternatively, she plays Debussy's complete Piano Works on BIS-CD-195556 (6 CDs for the price of 3). There is a wonderful budget priced performance on Vox CDX5103 (2 CDs) with Ivan Moravec, and the couplings are some marvellous perfomances of Chopin.


Mussorgsky Sviatoslav Richter was one of the greatest performers of this work and there is an early, but good, recording on Regis RRC 1373 (budget price). The couplings are Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.1 and Piano Sonata No.7. A good modern recording alternative is given by Nikolai Demidenko on Hyperion Helios CDH55306 (budget price). The couplings are pieces from Prokofiev's "Romeo & Juliet" and the Toccata in D.

 

Raymond Waud.

 

CLUB NOTES

 

OUR NEW MEMBERS

Each year we are happy to welcome new Season Ticket holders. All people who have bought a seat for the Season automatically become Members of Ilkley Concert Club. Some of you have had to wait a year; thanks for your patience. We hope that you will enjoy our wonderful programmes as well as the Club's friendly atmosphere.Many of our Members keep coming back for more for decades. This loyal membership is one of the greatest strengths of Ilkley Concert Club – it gives us tremendous stability which is particularly important in such uncertain times.

 

COMMITTEE CHANGES

You have a new Chairman – David Wharmby – who can be contacted by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01943 604 178. I hope that I can live up to the amazing standards set by David Pyett in his 36 seasons as Chairman. By the time you read this we hope that David will have been ratified as President of the Club at tonight's AGM. You will be pleased to know that David will be continuing take the lead in organising the programming, whilst helping to pass on his vast knowledge to other members of the committee.

 

CELEBRATION CONCERT

I have been asked: "What are we going to do recognise David's enormous achievements?" We intend to have a special Celebration Concert for him as the first concert of next Season (October 2013). For many years David has wanted to hear Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring", with its famous Shaker melody, in the King's Hall. The programme will be built around the 13 players & conductor for the Copland, so will be very expensive to put on. We will be approaching Members to make special contributions to this concert in recognition of the extraordinary debt Ilkley Concert Club owes to David Pyett, and also to Margaret his wife who has worked so hard for ICC.

 

RETURNED TICKETS

If you can't come to a concert please let us know so we can try to resell them - a full hall is such a pleasure for the artists. Jennie Rundle has kindly agreed to take on the task of dealing with ticket returns and sales.

Contact

Mrs J. Rundle on 01943 60 9045 10am to 7 pm only(10am to 1pm on concert day) for Ticket Returns and Sales