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Aki Kuroda presents Burgmüller Complete Études

Good morning, I’m Aki Kuroda.
I’m glad to announce you the release of my new album (CD+DVD) for Limen Music in Milano: Burgmüller Complete Études – 25, 18 and 12 Études.
Burgmüller is a composer very well-known to all the children who train in piano-playing.
In Japan in the Seventies, when I was young, it was fashionable to teach piano to the children.
It’s no exaggeration to say that at that time in Japan, in the homes, in the neighborhoods, in the classrooms of the primary schools, these Burgmüller’s  pieces were everywhere to be heard.
Now that I’m among the parents, remembering these lovely pieces as the childhood memories, I was struck by their beauty and by the musical essences that comprise them.
Friedrich Burgmüller was born in Germany where he lived until he was 26, and then moved to Paris where he wrote many piano composition for the Salon Parisien and for the ballet.
He was also very appreciated piano teacher.
Every Etudes is reach in accurately conceived piano techniquest, that enable the learning of the many musical “rubato”, with the appropriate expressions and the right singing quanties.
When I was recording them, I tried to play as if I were at the Salon Parisien, paying close attention to the required techniques and respecting the tempo marking prescribed by the author.
Especially 12 Etudes are very virtuosic. Please, look at the movements of the fingers, through the images of the DVD. I hope that the music abd the pictures are to your liking.
Have a good time!

Find out the EPK at http://youtu.be/56SnWLYVwCc

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New releases for Limenmusic

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Aki Kuroda plays Burgmüller Complete Études (2CD+DVD)

From May 9th, 2011 will be available in major music stores and e-commerce sites the new album by Aki Kuroda.


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Aki Kuroda, piano
Burgmüller – Complete Études
2CD+DVD
Limen Classic & contemporary – BLACK LINE

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Limen music & arts proposes to the audience the complete collection of the Etudes for piano Op. 100, 105 and 109 composed by J. F. F. Burgmüller, for the first time available in video, interpreted by great musician, worldwide appreciated as a performer, but also as a teacher: Aki Kuroda.

A wonderful production, not only for the expressive melody lines and the marvellous images evoked by the intensive and reliable executions of this extraordinary Japanese pianist, but also for the educational value linked to this work.
Burgmuller was born as a piano teacher, and his studies have always been used in schools around the world for the education, not only of young composers, but of all age groups.
In addition to the famous three etudes, this album contains two other works by Burgmüller: Fantaisie Brillante Op. 92, based on the opera Ernani by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, and Souvenir de Ratisbonne Op.67, a light and beautiful waltz used in Adolphe-Charles Adam’s famous ballet Giselle.

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An extraordinary artist…Astor Piazzolla

On March 11th, 1921 was born one of the biggest composers and musicians of the last century, Astor Piazzola.

Born in Mar del Plata, Argentina to Italian parents, Vicente Nonino Piazzolla and Asunta Manetti, he spent most of his childhood with his family in New York City, where he was exposed to both jazz and the music of J. S. Bach at an early age.

He began to play the bandoneon after his father, nostalgic for his homeland, spotted one in a New York pawn shop. At the age of 13, he met Carlos Gardel, another great figure of tango, who invited the young prodigy to join him on his current tour. Much to his dismay, Piazzolla’s father deemed that he was not old enough to go along. While he did play a young paper boy in Gardel’s movie El día que me quieras, this early disappointment of being kept from the tour proved to be a blessing in disguise, as it was on this tour that Gardel and his entire band perished in a plane crash. In later years, Piazzolla made light of this near miss, joking that had his father not been so careful, he wouldn’t be playing the bandoneon—he’d be playing the harp.

He returned to Argentina in 1937, where strictly traditional tango still reigned, and played in night clubs with a series of groups including the orchestra of Anibal Troilo, then considered the top bandoneon player and bandleader in Buenos Aires.
The pianist Arthur Rubinstein, then living in Buenos Aires, advised him to study with the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.
Delving into scores of Stravinsky, Bartók, Ravel, and others, he rose early each morning to hear the Teatro Colón orchestra rehearse while continuing a gruelling performing schedule in the tango clubs at night. In 1950 he composed the soundtrack to the film Bólidos de acero.

At Ginastera’s urging, in 1953 Piazzolla entered his Buenos Aires Symphony in a composition contest, and won a grant from the French government to study in Paris with the legendary French composition teacher Nadia Boulanger.

In 1954 he and his first wife, the artist Dedé Wolff, left Buenos Aires and travelled to Paris. Piazzolla returned from New York to Argentina in 1955, formed the Octeto Buenos Aires with Enrico Mario Francini and Hugo Baralis on violins, Atilio Stampone on piano, Leopoldo Federico as second bandoneon, Horacio Malvicino on electric guitar, José Bragato on cello and Juan Vasallo on double bass to play tangos, and never looked back.
Upon introducing his new approach to the tango (nuevo tango), he became a controversial figure among Argentines both musically and politically. The Argentine saying “in Argentina everything may change — except the tango” suggests some of the resistance he found in his native land. However, his music gained acceptance in Europe and North America, and his reworking of the tango was embraced by some liberal segments of Argentine society, who were pushing for political changes in parallel to his musical revolution.
During the period of Argentine military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, Piazzolla lived in Italy, but returned many times to Argentina, recorded there, and on at least one occasion had lunch with the dictator Jorge Rafael Videla. In 1990 he suffered thrombosis in Paris, and died two years later in Buenos Aires.

You can listen to this extraordinary composer and musician, into the concert:

Enrico Dindo & Monica Cattarossi plays Astor Piazzola
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You can also listen to Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Prelude pour piano performed by the renowned japanese pianist Aki Kuroda, into the concert:

Aki Kuroda in concert
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New recordings for Limenmusic: Aki Kuroda

Last week the renowned Japanese pianist Aki Kuroda, has recorded in Limenmusic’s studio a concert for a new CD+DVD box set, which will be part of an unpublished project dedicated to musical education.

This discographical work his entirely dedicated to the German pianist and composer Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (4 December 1806 – 13 February 1874).
He is probably best known today for his etudes and other works for piano students
, infact selections from Op. 68, 76, 100, 105 and 109 etudes appear in a wide variety of educational collections.

In this CD+DVD box set, avalaible from March 2011, you will find:

25 Etudes faciles et progressives, conposées et doigtées expressément pour l’étendue des petites mains Op.100

12 Etudes brillantes et mélodiques Op.105

18 Etudes de genre (faisant Suite aux Etudes faciles op. 100) Op.109

Waiting for the DVD, you can listen to Aki Kuroda on Limenmusic Web Tv:

Aki Kuroda in concert
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Aki Kuroda plays Bach, Brahms, Scriabin
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Aki Kuroda plays Mochizuki – Sugiyama
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Aki Kuroda plays A.N. Skrjabin
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Sonia Formenti and Aki Kuroda play Franco Donatoni
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This week on Limenmusic Web tv: Limen Ensemble in concert

From December 29th 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1): Limen Ensemble plays Franco Donatoni.

The musical group, directed by Yoichi Sugiyama,  is made up of:
Cristina Ardizzone (violin)
Eiichi Chijiiwa (violin)
Giorgio Casati (cello)
Matteo Del Soldà (viola)
Elitza Demirova (violin)
Arianna Dotto (violin)
Paolo Fumagalli (viola)
Luca Magariello (cello)
Saya Nagasaki (violin)
Samuele Sciancalepore (double-bass)
Livio Salvatore Troiano (violin)

You can also enjoy:

Enrico Dindo and Monica Cattarossi play Piazzolla
Valentino Zucchiatti and Takahiro Yoshikawa in concert
Silvia Chiesa and Maurizio Baglini play Mendelsshon
Aki Kuroda plays Skrjabin
Tatiana Larionova – 6 Moments musicaux Op.16

We remember you that the concerts no longer present in the Channel 1 schedule will be avaible in the On Demand area of the Web Tv.

Corrado Rojac plays Pozzoli, Brehme and Bach
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Alfonso Alberti – Ritratto di Niccolò Castiglioni
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This week on Limenmusic Web Tv: Aki Kuroda in concert

From December 22nd, 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1): Aki Kuroda plays A. N. Skrjabin.

In homage to the Russian composer and pianist Alexander Skrjabin, she performs for us:

Scriabin – Sonata for piano n.4 Op. 30 (1903)
Scriabin – Sonata for piano n.9 Op. 68 “Black Mass” (1912-1913)
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For the trailer of the concert, please click here.

You can also enjoy:

Alfonso Alberti – Ritratto di Niccolò Castiglioni
Enrico Dindo and Monica Cattarossi play Piazzolla
Valentino Zucchiatti and Takahiro Yoshikawa in concert
Corrado Rojac plays Pozzoli, Brehme and Bach
Tatiana Larionova – 6 Moments musicaux Op.16

Look at the schedule.

We remember you that the concerts no longer present in the Channel 1 schedule will be avaible in the On Demand area of the Web Tv.

Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Chopin
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Vanessa Benelli Mosell in concert
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Maurizio Baglini – Quadri da una esposizione
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This week on Limenmusic Web tv

From December 15th, 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1): Corrado Rojac plays Pozzoli, Brehme and Bach.
Corrado Rojac is one of the most popular italian accordionist, currently he plays soloist and chamber music, focusing on the accordion repertoire.
Since 1997 he has been playing with the Milan Divertimento Ensemble under the guidance of Sandro Gorli and he collaborated also with the Risognanze ensemble in Milan and FontanaMix in Bologna.

You can also enjoy:

Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Chopin
Enrico Dindo and Monica Cattarossi play Piazzolla
Vanessa Benelli Mosell in concert
Maurizio Baglini – Quadri da una esposizione
Tatiana Larionova – 6 Moments musicaux Op.161

Look at the schedule.

We remember you that the concerts no longer present in the Channel 1 schedule will be avaible in the On Demand area of the Web Tv.

Sonia Formenti and Aki Kuroda play F. Donatoni
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Alfonso Alberti – Ritratto di Niccolò Castiglioni
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This week on Limenmusic Web Tv

From December 8th, 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1): Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Chopin.

You can also enjoy:

Enrico Dindo and Monica Cattarossi play Piazzolla
Sonia Formenti and Aki Kuroda play F. Donatoni
Alfonso Alberti – Ritratto di Niccolò Castiglioni
Maurizio Baglini – Quadri da una esposizione
Tatiana Larionova – 6 Moments musicaux Op.161

Look at the schedule.

We remember you that the concerts no longer present in the Channel 1 schedule will be avaible in the On Demand area of the Web Tv.

Tilly Cernitori and Désirée Succuglia in concert
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Fabrizio Meloni, Sauro Berti and Naomi Fujiya play Mendelssohn
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New recordings for Limenmusic Web Tv

Saturday, December 4th 2010, the renowed japanese pianist Aki Kuroda, has recorded in Limenmusic’s studio a concert for the Web Tv.

In homage to the Russian composer and pianist Alexander Scriabin, she performed for us:

Scriabin – Sonata for piano n.4 Op. 30 (1903)
Scriabin – Sonata for piano n.9 Op. 68 “Black Mass” (1912-1913)

The earliest pieces composed by Scriabin are written for the piano, and are influenced by one of the greatest composers for piano of all time, Frédéric Chopin. His music gradually evolved over the years, creating very original works, that employing very inusual harmonies and texture. The development of Scriabin’s style can be followed in his twelve piano sonatas: the earliest are composed in a fairly conventional late-Romantic idiom and show the influence of Chopin and, sometimes, of Franz Liszt; but the later ones move into original territories, infact  the last five being written without indication of tone.

Waiting for broadcasting of the concert on the Web Tv, you can listen to Aki Kuroda on Limenmusic.

Aki Kuroda in concert
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Aki Kuroda plays Bach, Brahms, Scriabin
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Aki kuroda plays Mochizuki – Sugiyama
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