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Bradley Lehman
American Record Guide, November 2018

Nakagawa organizes the music into long phrases, making it clear where each idea is going. He plays more like a very good pianist playing harpsichord. The music comes across sounding more orchestral and substantial in Nakagawa’s interpretation, as if he’s (perhaps) thinking like a conductor with big gestures. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2018

Georg Philipp Telemann’s long life ran almost exactly contemporary to Johann Sebastian Bach and was equally prolific in his compositions in most genres. In his lifetime he had the advantage over the Bach family of being involved in the physical publishing of his music that extended to more than 3000 pieces. Yet that was not sufficient to keep his name in the repertoire with the music of Bach and Handel soon taking over as the major German-born composers of the 18th century. That today we are familiar with his music has come with the recording industry’s interest in Early Music during the latter half of the 20th century, and here we have his six Ouvertures probably dating from the early 1740’s. The term is here used as the name for a work that opens with an Overture followed by two movements in a style influenced by French, Polish or Italian music, the whole work lasting around ten minutes and intended for the ‘Clavier’. It is said that he wrote over 200 works in this style, this group published as Sechs Ouverturen. It is here performed by the twenty-four year old Japanese, Gaku Nakagawa, a pianist who came into the world of Early Music in 2014 when winning a major Japanese competition, this being his debut recording. His playing is certainly clean-cut, well articulated and shaped in a style appropriate to this very pleasing music. He has since become a pupil of the famous harpsichordist, Glen Wilson, in Germany. My only reservation is the recording which seems to have been made with the unnamed harpsichord placed at some distance in a large and empty venue. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

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