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Alexander Thompson
EPTA Piano Professional, September 2018

presented with such bravura, care and idiomatic sensitivity… Shikimori despatches the semiquavers in the opening etude with razor sharp precision and sparkle.  She brings poetic intensity to the ‘Chanson triste’ that follows, and also makes a strong case for the characterful ‘Au village’ and memorably evocative ‘Danse Russe’. Overall this set lasts some 44 minutes in duration, and its neglect seems strange and unfortunate. Elsewhere three valses prove that Shikimori has an idiomatic flexibility and freedom in her approach that never offends by threatening to overstep the stylistic mark.  Overall a most user-friendly, impressively presented recital that will give much pleasure. © 2018 EPTA Piano Professional

Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, September 2017

…Shikimori responds to the assignment gamely and sensitively. She has plenty of technique for the bigger pieces, and is never dull in the lesser ones. The recording is fine. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

International Piano, September 2017

The Etude that opens Tchaikovsky’s Op 40 indicates this music is hardly of ‘moderate’ difficulty. It does show that Japanese pianist Mami Shikimori’s technique is stunning, however, while the ‘Chanson triste’ and the ‘Marche funebre’ reveal her capacity for profundity. Op 40 was penned just after the Symphony No 4 and Eugene Onegin, and a similar depth of sorrow surfaces here and there. Some music is decidedly of the salon, while keen-eared listeners will recognise an affinity with Swan Lake in the ‘Danse russe.’

The Souvenir de Hapsal is marginally better served on disc, and again Shikimori carves a niche for herself, capturing the misterioso of the first piece perfectly, while her sweet tone for the well-known ‘Chant sans paroles’ captivates. Four charming miniatures complete this delightful disc of the byways of Tchaikovsky’s piano output. © 2017 International Piano

James Harrington
American Record Guide, July 2017

Japanese pianist Shikimori is new to me, and she is very much worth watching for… She brings to these small pieces the same level of musicianship and attention to detail that you might expect in a Beethoven sonata. Each one was engaging; and the entire, very generous, program seemed to be over too soon. I could easily go on for another full disk of relatively minor Tchaikovsky pieces when they are played this well. I can only hope that this could be the beginning of a project. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Ongaku no Tomo, July 2017

…a recording by the young pianist Mami Shikimori and includes a lot of rarely heard works such as 12 Pieces, Souvenir de Hapsal, Valse-Scherzo Nos 1 & 2 and Capriccio. These are all splendid Tchaikovsky masterworks, and furthermore the playing of Mami Shikimori is simply marvellous. I would like as many people as possible to listen to this wonderful disc. © 2017 Ongaku no Tomo

Record Geijutsu, July 2017

…Mami Shikimori has released an unusual Tchaikovsky disc. Tchaikovsky wrote numerous short piano pieces that were dedicated to people around him and to his musician friends, as well as many studies for students. These are fine and stylish works with a poetic and warm atmosphere. This album contains many such pieces, not often heard on the concert stage. Mami Shikimori plays these works with ease, with astoundingly beautiful pearl-like tone, intimate expression and always full of feeling. Listening to this disc leaves you feeling enriched, as though having spent time in an intimate music salon. A disc that guarantees an enchanting time. © 2017 Record Geijutsu

The Musician, June 2017

Shikimori’s versatile style is adept enough to illuminate the many shades of Capriccio and spin the lyrical lines of Chanson Triste with stunning purity. © 2017 The Musician

Review Corner, April 2017

…pianist Mami Shikimori making the pieces sound at their best… © 2017 Review Corner Read complete review

Robert Matthew-Walker
Musical Opinion, April 2017

…we have to thank Naxos and their fearless championship of the unfamiliar in music, from the greatest composers to the least-known, and in this instance the stylish and committed playing of Mami Shikimori, who brings to each one of these brief studies a degree of refinement and musicianship that are a joy to hear. The recording, at Wyastone Leys by Michael Ponder, is of a very high standard, resulting in a disc which deserves every success. © 2017 Musical Opinion

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