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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

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

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, November 2012

…we have a great concert by a young pianist in Nobuyuki Tsujii: Live At Carnegie Hall featuring the young, gifted artist from Japan who happens to be blind and possibly the best pianist of his generation…delivering great performances by John Musto, Beethoven, Liszt, Stephen Foster, Chopin, his own composed tribute “Elegy For The Victims Of The Earthquake & Tsunami of March 11, 2011” and a version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition… © 2012 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, October 2012

The leadoff piece, John Musto’s Improvisation and Fugue…divulges a sort of deft mixture of Schoenberg and Gershwin. Tsujii’s performance of this difficult, nearly eight-minute work is brilliant and colorful, and makes you curious about further exploration of the output of Mr. Musto.

Tsujii’s reading of Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata is certainly tempestuous in all three movements: in the first he is dark and driven, while in the ensuing Adagio agitation lurks beneath the stately and epic character, and in the finale white-heat angst propels the musical flow. A splendid interpretation through and through!

Tsujii’s Un Sospiro is nicely played…The Rigoletto Paraphrase is thrilling and spirited. His Pictures is certainly among the better performances I’ve heard…

The encores go well: the Stephen Foster arrangement of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair…is played in a lovely…manner. The Chopin D-flat Major Prelude is given a beautiful…treatment…Tsujii’s own Elegy is a gentle, sad piece that sounds as though it almost could have been written by a crossover-oriented Chopin who infuses his piece with a few modest pop elements. His performance of it is beyond cavil.

The camera work and sound reproduction are first-rate. Tsujii is a major talent and this concert documents his considerable keyboard skills. Piano music mavens will certainly want this disc. © 2012 Classical Net Read complete review, August 2012

Everything is beautifully played…and for those seeking an uplifting affirmation of the ability of someone with an apparent handicap to rise to Olympian heights through talent and determination, this DVD will certainly fill the bill. © 2012 Read complete review

Robert Benson, August 2012

This DVD presents [Nobuyuki Tsujii’s] Carnegie Hall recital of March 11, 2011, and it is a triumph. Even the most challenging cross-hands playing and wide-spread chords are delivered with accuracy, and this Pictures at an Exhibition is one of the finest you’ll ever hear. Tsujii’s keyboard manner is rather agitated, his face expressive. He also is a composer, and the concert ends with one of his works, the Elegy, which is not as dark and dramatic as the title suggests. Perhaps it is symbolic of the pianist’s optimistic view of life. Excellent video and sound. A fascinating issue by an incredible artist. © 2012 Read complete review

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