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2015-05-10 Nobuyuki Tsujii

The Audience as Critic – Sunday, May 10, 2015

NOBUYUKI TSUJII, piano

“NOBU RETURNS!”

Chopin:
Nocturne No.1 in B-flat minor, Op. 9
Nocturne No.2 in E-flat major, Op. 9
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60

Liszt:
Consolation No.3 in D-flat major
Mephisto Waltz, No. 1, S.514

Beethoven:
Piano Sonata No.8 in C-minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique”
Piano Sonata No.23 in F-minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”

ENCORES:

Chopin:
Nocturne No. 21 in C sharp minor, Op. Posthumous

Tsujii:
SOREDEMO IKITE YUKU, Elegy for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, March 11, 2011

Liszt:
Étude No. 3 in G sharp minor “La Campanella” (S. 141/3)

Audience Comments:

Wonderful concert! (MS)

Spell- binding! (BS-G)

Fantastic performance. Continue with the great artists. (VD)

When words fail, music begins. One needs a new vocabulary to describe this young man’s performance – outstanding, breathtaking, amazing do not describe it. We were in the presence of the divine. His technique and dynamic control are totally awesome. This is music that comes from within and stirs the soul of the listener. (VH)

Fantastic playing by a blind genius! Best treat of the season! Thank you, Harry! (MF)

The most spectacular concert we have ever attended! Thank you (ST)

The music is played in a marvelous, enrapturing manner. What a wonderful concert! (AF)

The whole concert was awesome, but the Liszt “Mephisto Waltz” was spectacular both visually and to the ear. Amazing stuff from anyone – sighted or blind. (JP)

Mind boggling. Soul stirring. Nobu attacks the keyboard directly. (AM)

Words cannot describe your performance. “Thank you” for coming to play for us Nobu. Brilliant and more than memorable. (MT)

This young man has a gift from God (and Mephisto?) (UE)

Brilliant musician! Thank you for bringing him to us. Such intimacy, grace, and utter command of the music and the piano. A lovely choice of pieces. Thank you. (DM)

What a Mother’s Day present. Nobu is an incredible artist – it doesn’t get much better. (Anon)

Unparalleled range and musicianship. His playing drove me to tears. Outstanding. (DW)

Subarashi[1]! Incredible technique, exquisite sensitivity. That Liszt Mephisto was unbelievable to hear, and even more fantastic to see. (KT)

Even better than last time! (Anon)

Loved the concert! Since it was a piano recital, it would help to have the “Piano in the Sky” camera on a tighter shot. Not necessary to see so much fervour and piano strings. Bring that shot about 1/3 closer so you can really see the artist’s hands on the keyboard. (BB)

The Liszt “Mephisto” was like lightning striking on the piano. When he was not unleashing the full extent of the storm, Nobu’s lyrical moments carried a wonderful inevitability that let the soul of the piano out and greet us. (MG)

Unbelievable! Bring him back soon! (CR)

Excellent concert! I have not been to a Virtuosi concert for a very long time, and in fact we got the last two seats. What an enjoyable experience. The hall was great and cozy! The music, unbelievable. The wine at the beginning + snack was awesome too. Thank you. An excellent variety! Nobu’s personal piece as an encore was so touching and beautiful! (HB)

Thank you for bringing this amazing artist here. Remarkable playing. A joy!! (Anon)

Moving, unbelievable, inspiring. And also: we will be back next season. (Anon)

We had the enormous pleasure of sitting on the stage at the recent Nobu concert. There are not enough superlatives to describe how moving and inspiring the afternoon was! (Anon)

It was our first time at a Virtuosi Concert, though why it took two music lovers so long to “find” you is puzzling. We will certainly return! (CP)


[1] Subarashi: Splendid, glorious, excellent, superb