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PMF 2022 Concert Highlights
With a spotlight on 2 orchestra concerts and 1 chamber concert from PMF 2022, enjoy select highlights from each coming together with artist interviews and more! Immerse yourself in the best of PMF 2022 from the best seat in your home!
[c. 2 hours 10 minutes STEREO]
Streaming period: Oct. 1 at 10:00am Japan Time (JST) – Oct. 31 at 23:59 JST Purchase period: Oct. 1 at 10:00am JST – Oct. 31 at 20:00 JST Streaming tickets: 500 Yen, incl. tax (plus an additional 220 Yen service charge)
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Concert No. 1
PMF 2022 Opening Concert
(Recorded: July 16, 2022 | Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara)
For the first time since 2019, this year’s festival featured performers from all around the world. Experience the top-class international artistry of the dynamic opening of PMF 2022!
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Instead of 3 soloists there is functionally 1 instrument called a ‘piano trio,’ and the experience is completely different from performing as a lone soloist.
◆Beethoven: Concerto for violin, cello, and piano in C major, Op. 56
Three outstanding young artists, already establishing themselves on the world stage, perform together for the first time at PMF! Feel the resplendent power of the piano trio and the orchestra coming together!
Silvestrov’s piece reminds us that our lives are feeble, but at the same time the music is left behind to help us find the hope to get through.
◆Silvestrov: Hymn – 2001
The Japan premiere of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s string-orchestra piece "Hymn – 2001," with its scattered, delicate tones being woven into one, soaring together to the heavens.
◆Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major Op. 107 "Reformation"
I. Andante – Allegro con fuoco
IV. Andante con moto – Allegro vivace
PMF Guest Conductor Ken-David Masur described this Mendelssohn masterpiece as being "about the fire of truth and hope, and honesty and authenticity... trying to be free." Here enjoy the solemn 1st movement and the liberating 4th movement with its hymn theme.
Concert No. 2
PMF Ensemble Selection
(Recorded: July 19, 2022 | Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara)
A number of virtuosos came together at PMF 2022, and this concert offers the opportunity to hear them up close, in a more intimate setting than the orchestra. Enjoy their chamber performances, along with interviews!
Her accompaniment makes my work with the melodies so fun. It’s like I’m riding a Segway.
To tell the truth though, I’ve never actually ridden a Segway😉
◆Kapustin: Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie's "MANTECA," Op. 129
piaNA (Natsuki Nishimoto & Asuka Sakuma, piano)
Originally for 2 pianos, here this work is performed by both players standing at a single piano, creating a high-intensity style – its fast tempo and jazzy feel are exhilarating!
◆Saint-Saëns: Romance in C major, Op. 48
Rainer Küchl, violin / Hiroshi Kato, piano
Rainer Küchl gives a sonorous song-like performance of Saint-Saëns’ characteristically seamless melodic flow.
- This is the piece that allowed us to really open up.
- Every time I happened to look at Michiaki (Ueno), he was grinning!
◆Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 (1889 ver.)
I. Allegro con brio – Tranquillo – In tempo ma sempre sostenuto
The 3 soloists whose virtuosity was on display in the triple concerto now show the depth of their connection, via chamber music. Brahms’ profound, warm harmonies go straight to the heart.
Concert No. 3
PMF GALA Concert
(Recorded: July 31, 2022 | Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara)
The GALA Concert is the celebratory final PMF concert in Sapporo, held every year. At PMF 2022, with the “young maestro” Lahav Shani as Principal Conductor, the sold-out audience was captivated by the performances of these highly talented artists.
Lahav Shani, conductor
Just now in rehearsal [Shani] said, “Makoto will not play exactly the same way in performance as he did in rehearsal. So you have to really think and feel as you play.”
◆Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
I. Andante – Allegro (excerpt)
II. Tema con variazioni (excerpt)
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Makoto Ozone, piano
This is the piece that opened Makoto Ozone's eyes to classical music. Shani, also a pianist himself, holds together the delicate balance of elements with Ozone and the PMF Orchestra.
Genius pieces like Brahms’ Symphony – there is no end to how much you can discover there. You need a whole lifetime to discover more things.
◆Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
II. Adagio non troppo – L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
IV. Allegro con spirito
Undoubtedly among the most memorable performances of PMF 2022, enjoy the endless depth of the pastoral 2nd movement and the surging energy of the finale!