Kaleidoscope - Beethoven Transcriptions (2020)

Mozart, Beethoven

Mari Kodama

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Beethoven Through the Lens of Other Great Composers

After her acclaimed complete recording of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, Mari Kodama returns with a programme consisting of Beethoven string quartets transcribed for piano by Saint-Saëns, Mussorgsky and Balakirev, as well as Beethoven’s variations on the finale of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Most pieces are recorded for the first time. Kaleidoscope is designed as a homage, considering and experiencing Beethoven through the lens of other great composers.

"Studying piano transcriptions of famous Beethoven string quartet movements written by such great composers as Camille Saint-Saëns, Modest Mussorgsky and Mily Balakirev enables me to find a new approach to Beethoven and his music in two ways. Firstly, parts of his late works can now be played by me, which allows me to understand them differently. And secondly, I can now follow the tracks of others who have been searching for the same thing as me: to get closer to Beethoven in order to understand him more fully. Performing these transcriptions for piano, which are actually not transcriptions but arrangements or, rather, ‘poetic adaptations’, allows me to learn how these three composers understand Beethoven, how they work out precisely what seems to them to be the essence of Beethoven’s string music, how they make his music their own with the help of their works and thus meet precisely that demand of obstinacy that Beethoven constantly makes for all of us. It feels to me that playing these adaptations of individual movements gives me the opportunity to ask, even if not directly to Beethoven himself, then at least to Saint-Saëns, Mussorgsky or Balakirev, about their view of Beethoven. Their impressions, as expressed in the transcriptions, will undoubtedly take me further, just as they will hopefully give you a further, deeper or at least new understanding of Beethoven.” 
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Mari Kodama

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Mari Kodama

Mari Kodama was born in Osaka, Japan and began playing the piano at the age of three with her mother. Her family moved to Europe when she was six. Eight years later she entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris aged 14, where she studied piano with Germaine Mounier and chamber music with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux. Three years later, she obtained the premier prix and completed her studies with honours (cycle de perfectionnement) at the age of 19. While still a student, she won prizes at several international competitions (including Jeunesse Musicale de Suisse, Viotti - Valsesia, Citta di Senigallia, and F. Busoni in Bolzano).

After completing her studies, she was immediately invited by the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3, followed by a recital at the outhbank Centre. Gramophone reviewed her later recording of this work under conductor Kent Nagano as follows: "Mari Kodama's tone is beautifully shaded and she makes a lovely, liquid sound... piano playing of a distinctive sensitivity...It all adds up to a genuinely fresh, and refreshing view..." Since then, she has given concerts in Europe, USA, Singapore and Japan, where she made her orchestral debut in Tokyo under Raymond Leppard in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. Major orchestras with which Mari Kodama has performed include the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, American Symphony Orchestra.

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Kaleidoscope - Beethoven Transcriptions (2020)

Mozart, Beethoven

Mari Kodama

Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Erdo Groot
Piano Technician: Michel Brandjes
Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Location: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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1.
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1' - II. Allegretto vivace e
Beethoven
00:08:58   N/A
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Beethoven String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6 - II. Adagio ma non troppo - Transcr. C
Beethoven
00:07:25   N/A
3.
Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 'Rasumovsky No. 2' - III. Allegretto - Maggi
Beethoven
00:08:36   N/A
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Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 - V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo - Tr
Beethoven
00:06:47   N/A
5.
Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 - Excerpts Transcr. M. Mussorgsky for Piano - II
Beethoven
00:03:48   N/A
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Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 - Excerpts Transcr. M. Mussorgsky for Piano - II
Beethoven
00:10:07   N/A
7.
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 - Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven - IVa. Allegretto con variaz
Mozart
00:00:54   N/A
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Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 - Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven - IVb. Var 1
Mozart
00:00:56   N/A
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Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 - Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven - IVc. Var 2
Mozart
00:01:01   N/A
10.
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 - Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven - IVd. Var 3
Mozart
00:01:45   N/A
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Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 - Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven - IVe. Var 4
Mozart
00:01:17   N/A
12.
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 - Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven - IVf. Var 5
Mozart
00:02:50   N/A
13.
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 - Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven - IVg. Var 6
Mozart
00:01:03   N/A

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