Yukiko Kojima – Akira Miyoshi – Piano Works

A refreshing record vibrant in color and fragile beauty from Japanese pianist Yukiko Kojima interpreting the unique and fragile piano works of Akira Miyoshi.

Kojima expressively plays the often dramatic and tragic notes of Miyoshi in stunning fashion with such poise and depth that other pianists would crumble at such meticulous levels.

Nothing on the program is anything short of concentrated focus and while the repertoire may not instantly appeal to a general audience or even to casual classical listeners, there is a sense of bewilderment to be found.  The lone fault on the program is a slight level of monotony that leaves much of Kojima’s capability to be desired.  Yet even with that, the difficulty and cringing intensity of Kojima’s latest effort is a remarkable achievement and a daring risk worth taken.

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