Description du produit
Momo Kodma's first ECM New Series album is a marvel, a mesmerizing journey from the shimmering surfaces of Miroirs, Ravel's piano cycle of 1904-45 to Messiaen's Fauvette des jardins (written in 1970), a late masterpiece of piano music from the visionary composer. Kodama's insights into Messiaen's sound-world are remarkable as she conveys his religious feeling for nature, birdsong transformed into spiritual utterance, through the compelling, insistent piano figures.
Linking these two pieces like a walkway is Toru Takemitsu's Rain Tree Sketch (1982), music from the East informed by Western experiment. "Its opening bars" writes Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich in the liner notes, "evoke not only the rapturous crystalline chord progressions of Messiaen, but also the flashing, glittering sophistication of Ravel."
Kodama has a personal perspective on dialogues of Orient and Occident. Born in Osaka, she spent her early childhood in Germany, moving to France at 13 to enter the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris. Later there were studies with great pianists including Murray Perahia, András Schiff, and Tatiana Nikolayeva. At 19, Momo Kodama was the Munich International Competition's youngest prize winner.
A major part of Momo Kodama's performance schedule is dedicated to contemporary music, and Messiaen has been a special focus. In 2006, at the urging of Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, she premiered, with Isabelle Faust, Messiaen's Fantasie for violin and piano, a piece written in 1933 but never previously performed, and in the Messiaen centenary year 2008 she received awards in Japan for a concert series dedicated to the composer. Her recordings of Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus and Catalogue d'Oiseaux for Triton have received high critical acclaim.
Personnel: Momo Kodama (piano)
(4 stars) Kodama's first disc for ECM is a beautifully conceived programme...Kodama also finds much poetry and space in Takemitsu's sublime Rain Tree Sketch, with her careful use of the pedal coming to the fore. --BBC Music Magazine, (Christopher Dingle), March 2014
This intriguing programme of 20th-century piano music, performed with precision and empathy by the Japanese virtuoso Momo Kodama, moves from the reflective impressions of Ravel's suite Miroirs to the frantic bird-like chatter of Messiaen's "La Fauvette des Jardins" via the simple but sophisticated cameo of Toru Takemitsu's "Rain Tree Sketch". --The Independent, (Andy Gill), October 19, 2013
An ECM disc is less a compilation than a recital by other means...beautifully produced...Kodama plays exquisitely. --The Sunday Times, (Paul Driver), October 27, 2013