April 28, 2013 – 5:04 am

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with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Fort Worth 2013 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas; February 1, 2013. Excellent FM broadcast (April 22, 2013).

This is what Gregory Sullivan Isaacs wrote at

The 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition had a big surprise hidden in the roster of competitors. This was the Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, whose complete command of technique and fiery interpretations had everyone agog. But the most amazing part is that the young virtuoso is blind and that he learns all of his complex virtuoso repertoire one note at a time, with the help of his teacher and a collection of recordings. Memorizing major piano concerti is hard enough when you can see the music in the process, but Tsujii’s accomplishment is nothing short of astounding. He shared the gold medal with the Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang.

For those who didn’t have a chance to experience this brilliant pianist at the time, he is back in Bass Performance Hall for concerts this weekend. The now 24-year-old pianist is appearing with the Fort Worth Symphony, playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23. This work has become a signature piece for Fort Worth because favorite son Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky competition with it in 1958. You have to admire Tsujii’s decision to play this particular concerto at this time, what with the next Cliburn competition already in its preliminary stages and Cliburn himself in failing health.

Tsujii’s performance still has all of the fire we remember from 2009. In fact, on Friday evening, there were passages where his steely fingers overplayed the piano, distorting the sound. There were other times that the melodic line seemed to wander rather than head to a satisfying musical destination. Occasionally, he overused the sustaining pedal. However, this is not a Chopin concerto where such quibbles would mar the piece. This is Tchaikovsky at his bang-bang best and Tsujii delivered an exciting performance that brought the audience spontaneously to its feet. Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya was a sensitive and supportive musical partner and the FWSO played beautifully.

Click here for the full write-up.

Thanks to jingledale who recorded and shared the show at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro [1:40] (2.8MB)
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Track 102. Brahms - Haydn Variations - Thema Chorale St. Antoni - Andante 1:53] (3.2MB)
Track 103. Brahms - Haydn Variations I-Poco piu animato [1:21] (2.3MB)
Track 104. Brahms - Haydn Variations II-Piu vivace [1:04] (1.8MB)
Track 105. Brahms - Haydn Variations III-Con moto [1:30] (2.5MB)
Track 106. Brahms - Haydn Variations IV-Andante con moto [1:49] (3.0MB)
Track 107. Brahms - Haydn Variations V-Vivace [0:53] (1.5MB)
Track 108. Brahms - Haydn Variations VI-Vivace [1:12] (2.0MB)
Track 109. Brahms - Haydn Variations VII-Grazioso [3:14] (5.4MB)
Track 110. Brahms - Haydn Variations VIII-Presto non troppo [1:02] (1.7MB)
Track 111. Brahms - Haydn Variations IX-Finale [3:40] (6.2MB)
Track 112. Intro [2:00] (3.3MB)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Track 113. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto 1 I-Allegro non troppo [20:27] (34.4MB)
Track 114. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto 1 II-Andantino simplice [6:34] (11.0MB)
Track 115. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto 1 III-Allegro con fuoco [6:54] (11.6MB)
Track 116. Intro [1:23] (2.3MB)
Track 117. Tchaikovsky - The Seasons-Troika [3:10] (5.3MB)
Track 118. Applause [0:23] (649k)
Track 119. Foster - I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair [4:36] (7.7MB)
Track 120. Outro [0:52] (1.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Intro [1:07] (1.9MB)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (”The Great”)

Track 202. Schubert - Symphony 9 I-Andante - Allegro [13:33] (22.8MB)
Track 203. Schubert - Symphony 9 II-Andante con moto [14:22] (24.1MB)
Track 204. Schubert - Symphony 9 III-Scherzo [10:31] (17.7MB)
Track 205. Schubert - Symphony 9 IV-Allegro vivace [12:04] (20.3MB)
Track 206. Outro [2:28] (4.1MB)

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  1. One Response to “NOBUYUKI TSUJII - FORT WORTH 2013”

  2. Wow, I sense a Nobuyuki Tsujii fan in Germany!

    This is clearly a labor of love. Did you record the broadcast of this performance on WRR 101 on April 22? It WAS a great performance of Nobuyuki Tsujii with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. I am especially glad that you included one of the encores by Nobu, although the other encore, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G# Minor, is also well worth listening to.

    In any case, thanks for the kind act and I hope many will take advantage of this service while it lasts.

    By M. L. Liu on Apr 29, 2013

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