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Kotaro Fukuma Piano

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A programme of French and Russian music brought this most admirable 31-year-old Japanese born pianist Kotaro Fukuma back to London [...] Fukuma may appear to be just one of a number of very gifted pianists from south-east Asia, but even amongst such a plethora of excellence as can be claimed for many of them, his comprehensively superb artistry places him in the exceptional class. This was suggested by his subtly constructed programme, which had a Gallic thread running through it. From the very first bars of Rameau’s ‘Gavotte et six Doubles’, Fukuma’s tonal gradations caught the attention immediately: here was a wondrous display of control, placed entirely at the service of the music; his tempos and technical mastery were of the highest standard, and in the three pieces from the First Book of Debussy’s Images, Fukuma’s colouration, internal balance and most beautiful overall shape and consistency of style, intensely aware of every shade of tone, were outstanding.

Robert Matthew-Walker, www.classicalsource.com, 27 novembre 2014

"Fukuma again plays with unfailing expertise. [...] Fukuma's Mussorgsky is more musicianly than forced or inflated, and he is notably successful in the eerie world of "Catacombae" and in the flickering half-lights of "Con mortuis in lingua mortua". There is delicacy and precision in the very different, floridly pianistic world of Glinka-Balakirev and a coolly phrased manner in Islamey (for Liszt, "an agreeable Oriantal rattle", once known as the most difficult piece ever written for piano). Tchaikovsky's Dumka is both elegant and commanding, while the Stravinsky-Agosti Firebird is thrown off with an enviable brilliance and finesse."

Bryce Morrison, Gramophone, March 2015