Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays Clara Schumann Mika Sasaki & Petteri Iivonen

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Label: Yarlung Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896): Deuxième scherzo in C Minor, Op. 14:
  • 1Deuxième scherzo in C Minor, Op. 1404:32
  • Clara Schumann: 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16:
  • 23 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Prelude No. 1 in G Minor01:56
  • 33 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Fugue No. 1 in G Minor01:45
  • 43 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Prelude No. 2 in B-Flat Major02:09
  • 53 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Fugue No. 2 in B-Flat Major01:46
  • 63 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Prelude No. 3 in D Minor02:16
  • 73 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 16: Fugue No. 3 in D Minor02:11
  • Clara Schumann: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20:
  • 8Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20: Theme01:06
  • 9Variation 100:49
  • 10Variation 201:04
  • 11Variation 301:13
  • 12Variation 401:04
  • 13Variation 501:13
  • 14Variation 601:14
  • 15Variation 704:17
  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9:
  • 16Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Theme01:23
  • 17Variation 101:18
  • 18Variation 2: Poco più moto00:30
  • 19Variation 3: Tempo di tema01:11
  • 20Variation 4: Poco più moto00:45
  • 21Variation 5: Allegro capriccioso00:55
  • 22Variation 6: Allegro00:54
  • 23Variation 7: Andante00:53
  • 24Variation 8: Andante (non troppo lento)01:50
  • 25Variation 9: Schnell00:39
  • 26Variation 10: Poco Adagio02:17
  • 27Variation 11: Un poco più animato00:45
  • 28Variation 12: Allegretto, poco scherzando00:49
  • 29Variation 13: Non troppo Presto00:43
  • 30Variation 14: Andante01:26
  • 31Variation 15: Poco Adagio01:42
  • 32Variation 16: Adagio02:06
  • Clara Schumann: 3 Romances, Op. 22:
  • 333 Romances, Op. 22: No. 1. Andante molto02:59
  • 343 Romances, Op. 22: No. 2. Allegretto02:48
  • 353 Romances, Op. 22: No. 3. Leidenschaftlich Schnell04:05
  • Max Grafe (b.1988): Obsidian Liturgy:
  • 36Obsidian Liturgy10:22
  • Clara Schumann: Soirées musicales Op. 6:
  • 37Soirées musicales Op. 6: II. Notturno04:58
  • Total Runtime01:13:53

Info for Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays Clara Schumann

This album celebrates Clara Schumann, her music, and the intricate artistic circle of musicians who surrounded her. Clara Schumann's superb musicianship and pianistic genius are demonstrated in the exquisite works recorded in this album. Her legacy lives on through these works, and through the strong influence she had on her musical family. As the year 2016 marks the 120th and 160th anniversaries of the deaths of Clara and Robert Schumann, I was also delighted to include "Obsidian Liturgy," composed for me and Clara Schumann by my dear friend and colleague, Max Grafe. The piece unfolds through a sequence of emotionally dramatic musical events: an 'Invocation' is followed by a ritualistic 'Canticle' that builds into a fervent and obsessive 'Incantation,' culminating in a cataclysmic explosion. After some seconds of silence, a vertiginous 'Trance' of left-hand ostinatos sound from the distance, followed by a climactic 'Peal' of strong, harsh bells. The 'Benedictus' finally creates a sense of resolution, despite its haunting overtones, and finally, a desolate 'Ite, missa est,' concludes the liturgy. -- Mika Sasaki

Mika Sasaki performed much of this music in live concert for invited guests in Samueli Theater. She left our audience thrilled, eager for more. (Bob Attiyeh)

„Pianist Mika Sasaki played well with forceful rolling chords in the final Romance, and continued admirable pianism with two sets of variations on a Robert Schumann theme. Ms. Sasaki's tempos were never rushed and she played with a subtle touch.“ (Terry McNeill)

Mika Sasaki, piano
Petteri Iivonen, violin

Mika Sasaki
has established herself as a sought-after chamber musician, soloist, and emerging educator. Since her solo debut with the Sinfonia of Cambridge at age seven, she appeared twice with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and more recently with the 92Y Orchestra in New York City, playing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Mika has performed frequently in the U.S., Europe and Japan, at venues including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Palazzo Chigi Saracini (Italy), Minatomirai Hall (Japan), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and live on WQXR radio. She recently recorded her debut album with Yarlung Records--"Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays Clara Schumann" celebrates a selection of works by Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Max Grafe, and is scheduled for release at the end of 2016.

A versatile pianist praised for her musicianship, Mika has collaborated in diverse ensembles, sometimes serving as rehearsal pianist for choruses, score-reader for conductors’ classes, vocal coach and accompanist, or as pianist, celesta player, or harpsichordist in solo settings, chamber groups, and orchestras. As an accomplished chamber musician, she was recently invited to Music@Menlo as an international program artist, as well as the Tanglewood Music Center as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow, where her interpretation of Schubert’s “Grand Duo” for four-hands was hailed as a “colorful reading of the work … [with] nuance and sensitivity to Schubert’s music.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Most recently, she performed and taught as Artist in Residence at the pianoSonoma at Juilliard winter workshop in New York City, and pianoSonoma's summer festival in Sonoma County, California, in July.

Other festival appearances include the Estherwood Music Festival (U.K.), Aspen Music Festival, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Mannes Beethoven Institute, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy), Taos School of Music, ChamberFest at Juilliard, and the Focus! Festival. Her former mentors and coaches include members of the Avalon, Shanghai, Borromeo, and Brentano Quartets, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Robert McDonald, Tom Sauer, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Wu Han, David Finckel, and Gilbert Kalish.

Mika grew up in Demarest, New Jersey, and began her studies with Olegna Fuschi at the Juilliard Pre-College division at the age of seven. Moving to Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 with her family, she returned to the U.S. to pursue her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Benjamin Pasternack. A recipient of several awards in piano and chamber music including the Tony & Tina Guilder Scholarship Award in Piano, William H. Kaltenbach Jr. Endowed Scholarship, and Clara Asherfeld Award for Accompanying, she was invited to join the U.S. national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and received the Peggy & Yale Gordon Accompanist Recognition Prize, and Sidney Friedberg Prize in Chamber Music upon graduation.

Mika is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Joseph Kalichstein as a recipient of the Isidore Kleppel Scholarship, Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, Celia and Joseph Ascher Fund for Piano, and the C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship. At Juilliard, she has held several teaching fellowships and faculty assistantships (Piano Literature, Sight-Reading, Keyboard Skills, Secondary Piano, Music Theory), and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Keyboard Skills and Piano Topics as a part-time faculty member. She is currently on the piano and keyboard skills faculty of the Juilliard Evening Division, and recently began her two-year fellowship as a pianist in Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW, or the Academy)--a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and Weill Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

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