Composer: Chopin, Lizst, Debussy, Bach, Busoni
Performer: Miyuji Kaneko
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 2.0
Size: 3.72 GB
Piano Pieces 2: Chopin, Lizst, Debussy, Bach, Busoni
01. Chopin: Polonaise no. 6 in A flat major, op.53
02. Chopin: Barcarole in F sharp major, op.60
03. Chopin: Nocturne No.2 in E-flat major, op.9-2
04. Chopin: Étude op.10-3 “Farewell”
05. Chopin: Waltz No. 1 in E-flat major, Grande valse brillante op.18
06. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C-sharp minor
07. Debussy: Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (Children’s Corner, no.6)
08. Bach-Busoni: Chorale Prelude (I call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ)
Recording – 20-23 May. 2014, Inagi i-Plaza Hall, Tokyo
Miyuji Kaneko was born in 1989 to a Japanese father & a Hungarian mother. At the age of 6, he moved to Hungary alone to study under Zsuzsa Cs. Nagy at the Bartok Elementary School of Music. In 2001 at the age of 11, he was accepted into the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, skipping grades & studying with professors Gabor Eckhardt, Gyongyi Kevehazi, & Rita Wagner. He has won 1st prizes in many international music competitions, including the 2008 Bartok International Piano Competition. In 2013, he recorded Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Abbey Road Studio in London with Kenichiro Kobayashi directing the London Philharmonic.
This recording of piano works is the 2nd title from ESOTERIC label, produced by bringing together the know how of ESOTERIC & Octavia Records, with the goal being a high-quality DSD recording primarily targeting audiophiles. The resulting recording promises a new level of excitement by bringing to the listener not only high sound quality, but also the captivating musical power embodied in the original works themselves. The piano was recorded with 2 sets of microphones; 1 was set at the audience position, & the other was set at the player’s position. Both takes were individually recorded on SACD layer, in order that listener can compare track-by-track.
Enjoy the overwhelming power of musical expression in works of Miyuji’s specialty composers: Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Bach.
Without missing the delicate tones that are hard to pick out even in concert, here you can experience harmonies interwoven with the complex resonances & overtones brought into being by the sounds of strong hammer strikes. With the inner emotions of the performer clearly evident, you can fully savor the profound qualities of high-end audio.
The tradition of recording it simultaneously remains (as it has been done on the Piano Pieces vol. 1). This recording was done at a different venue than the 1st disc but every bit of ambiance was beautifully captured. My preference is still with the 1st set of tracks done with M-50C microphone. No matter, young Miyuji Kaneko plays it with passion & superb precision. If you like piano pieces, this is the disc to get for an evening of enjoyable listening session. The same rules applied. Play it back as loud as you can.