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David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, March 2013

TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall (2011) (NTSC) 2059088
TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall (2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2059084

To hear the phenomenal blind Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tsuji, is a wonderful thing, but to see him play adds a new dimension to one’s appreciation of his artistry…the final product—the musical performance—counts for anything, and in this regard, Tsuji is about as good as they come.

The program opens with the Improvisation and Fugue of John Musto, an arresting display piece in a quasi-atonal style, and full of evocative and interesting figuration. The pianist brings it off in a fashion that will surely inspire other pianists to look into the work. His feat in memorizing this tonally complex work without recourse to seeing the printed notes…is almost as impressive as his performance of it.

The video aspect of the concert was well done, with an interesting variety of shots…Tsuji fans will snap up this video, but so should anyone else who is interested in history-making events or sensational concert experiences. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, December 2012

‘A profound and bewitching talent’ is how I described the young Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Blind since birth he gave an enthralling and varied recital at Carnegie Hall in November 2011 that soon exhausted my supply of superlatives. In a world full of note-perfect prodigies this thoughtful, impassioned artist is one to watch. The Blu-ray sound and picture are excellent. © 2012 MusicWeb International

Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, November 2012

TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall (2011) (NTSC) 2059088
TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall (2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2059084

Peter Rosen deftly sets the scene…[Tsujii] opens with John Musto’s Improvisation and Fugue…a tremendously effective concert work with its motoric rhythms and Kapustin-like figurations.

I liked his firmly projected Tempest Sonata with its comparatively brisk Adagio (but no lack of dynamic shading), and his masterly handling of Liszt’s ‘Un sospiro’ and Rigoletto Paraphrase with its treacherous right-hand leaps. After the interval he gives us Mussorgsky’s Pictures more accurately and lucidly than most of his peers…You’ll have to experience this extraordinary recital yourself. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lawrence Devoe, October 2012

Given the complexity of the piano literature, and particularly the pieces chosen for this program, I was continually amazed at this pianist’s sheer virtuosity and near-note perfect delivery. Besides two monsters of the piano repertory, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata, we are treated to a knuckle-busting Improvisation and Fugue by American John Musto, a Chopin Prelude, Lizst’s Un Sospiro, and Rigoletto-paraphrase for piano,Stephen Foster’s Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, and Tsujii’s own composition, Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquate and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.

The sound engineers have nearly outdone themselves in the rich sound of the Carnegie Hall Steinway. I have rarely heard a live piano recording sound better than this one.

Lovers of the piano repertory will get a major wow factor feeling from a recital that would be an ambitious undertaking for any soloist let alone one so young. © 2012 Read complete review

Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, September 2012

…I’m now utterly convinced Nobuyuki Tsujii is that rarest of creatures, a unique and precious talent that marries technical prowess with daunting levels of insight and flair. Indeed, as he plays he constantly looks around him, as if responding to the commands of a hidden muse; it’s rather distressing at first, but that sense of invisible communion strikes me as an apt and powerful metaphor for his artistry.

A profound and bewitching talent; inspiring in every way. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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