Tatsuya Shimono – Dai Fujikura – Akiko’s Piano – Works from Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra 2020 (2021)
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“To express such an universal theme of “music for peace”, the piece should portray that most personal, smallest point of view. I think that is the most powerful way, and only music can achieve this.”
Dai Fujikura’s fourth piano concerto, Akiko’s Piano, emerged from an extraordinary story that began before the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima in 1945. Akiko Kawamoto was a young girl in Hiroshima who enjoyed playing her piano. She survived the atomic bomb but succumbed a day later to complications from its radiation. Akiko’s parents survived, and kept her piano in their home, where it remained untouched for almost 60 years. On August 5th, 2020, 75 years after the catastrophe, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra presented Fujikura’s work conducted by Tatsuya Shimono in the memorial concert “An Evening of Peace Concert.” Hiroshima native, Mami Hagiwara, performed Fujikura’s work on Akiko’s piano, which miraculously survived the atomic bomb. The soloist also shares a personal story with the instrument: In 2004, Hagiwara’s childhood piano tuner, Hiroshi Sakakibara restored the instrument, where it has been played since by Martha Argerich and Peter Serkin, among others.
1. Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra & Tatsuya Shimono – Dai Fujikura: Akiko’s Piano – Piano Concerto No.4
2. Tatsuya Shimono – Beethoven: Cavatina – from String Quartet No.13 in B-flat Major, Op.130
3. Tatsuya Shimono – Mahler: Kindertotenlieder-I. Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n
4. Tatsuya Shimono – Mahler: Kindertotenlieder-II. Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
5. Tatsuya Shimono – Mahler: Kindertotenlieder-III. Wenn dein Mutterlein
6. Tatsuya Shimono – Mahler: Kindertotenlieder-IV. Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen!
7. Tatsuya Shimono – Mahler: Kindertotenlieder-V. In diesem Wetter!
8. Tatsuya Shimono – J.S.Bach (arr.by Hideo Saito): Chaconne – from Partita No.2 in D minor BWV1004