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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Takako Nishizaki gives a warm and colourful reading, tender but purposeful and full of temperament. As in the Mendelssohn with which this is coupled, the central slow movement is on the measured side but flows sweetly, while the finale has all the necessary bravura, even at a speed that avoids breathlessness. Unlike many, Nishizaki opens out the little cuts which had become traditional. With excellent playing and recording, this makes a first-rate recommendation in the Sérénade mélancolique makes a splendid bonus.



CD Review, October 1989

"It seems as if Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto has been waiting for Takako Nishizaki, one of Japan's finest violinists, to come along and record it. She performs this work with so musch authority she seems to own it."



CD Review (USA), October 1989

"The first movement, with all of its passion, is a perfect vehicle for Nishizaki's talents. Her fiery virtuoso performance sweeps the orchestra along with her, resulting in one of the more outstanding readings on disc. The contrasting "Cansonetta" is appropriately contemplative; the third movement, a breathtaking "vivacissimo," is just plain fun to listen to.

Nishizaki has no trouble with the opening bars of Mendelssohn's Concerto in E Minor, which require an immediate plunge into an impassioned romantic mood. Her performance of these immortal phrases is fluid, masterful, and authoritative. The second movement is delightfully dreamy, and the third, a well-known moment in the virtuoso repertoire, demonstrates Nishizaki's considerable talents to the utmost. ... The technical quality of this disc is equal to the high artistic level of the performances. The sound is natural, room-filling, and in perfect balance, with Nishizaki's violin well to the front of the soundstage, but allowing the orchestra to be heard in fine detail."



Penguin Guide

"Takako Nishizaki gives an inspired reading."



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"...it seems as if Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto has been waiting for Takako Nishizaki."






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