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Etudes, Seriously

by Makiko Hirata, Pianist

Examinations of how diffrent composers from different historical periods treat keyboard in its most technical pieces
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Prelude
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2. Fugue
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3. In Tempo D'in Menuetto
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4. Allegretto
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5. Etude In C# Minor
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6. Etude In C Minor, Op 10-12
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7. No 1 IN Ab Major, 'Il Lamento'
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8. No In F Minor, 'La Leggerezza'
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9. No 3 In Db Major 'Un Sospiro'
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10. No 1 'Pour Les Cinq Doigts'
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11. No 2 'Pour Les Tierces'
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12. No 7 'Pour Les Degrees Chromatiques'
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13. Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableaux
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14. Elegie Op 3-1
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15. Allegro
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16. Moderato
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17. Adante Semplice
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18. Presto Energico
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This talented pianist radiates the happiness and the ecstasy of music!” – exclaimed critic H. Rzeso, after her debut with Pecs Hungarian Orchestra. Pianist Sara Buechner describes her as a “rising young artist to watch – a pianist of equal parts, fire and delicacy, with technique to burn and compelling dramatic presence. She is one of those rarities, and individualists, whose every move is nonetheless determined by identification with the music at hand, and commitment to bringing it vicariously to life”.
Ms. Hirata’s professional activities have extended throughout North and South America, her native Japan, and Europe. At sixteen, she was described as “a performer with a unique talent capable of fusing her own imprint with that of the composer” (Elaine Strauss, West Essex Tribune). At seventeen, she was selected to tour with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, performing the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto. As a winner of their concerto competition, she performed the Barber Piano Concerto with the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia. In December, ’98, her official New York City debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall was received with a standing ovation. She performed rarely performed concerti by Tovey, Lalo, Godard, and many others as a regular guest soloist with the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra in New York City until its last season in 2000-2001. Her debut with the Jupiter Symphony (performing the Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra by Debussy) was praised by pianist, Ruth Laredo; “Her performance was elegant, refined and beautiful. A revelation!” She has toured throughout United States and Europe on tours as the featured soloist with Pecs Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Zsolt Hamar, and Phillpe de Chalendar, Polish Philharmonic Reszovia with conductor Tadeusz Wojciechowski, and Arad State Philharmonia from Romania with conductor Dorin Frandes. .
Thinking of music as her medium of communication, Ms. Hirata seeks many ways of sharing music besides solo performances. Also a sought-after chamber musician, she collaborates with cellist Andre Emelianoff, clarinetist David Krakauer, pianist Sara Davis Buechner, and many more. She taught piano and music theory at New York University for two years. She has given Master Classes, lecture recitals, and young people’s concerts throughout United States and Japan. She also had a regular column, “Listen to my Piano” in Apple Friends, a monthly insert for Asahi Shinbun.
Ms. Hirata is currently at student of John Perry at Colburn School, in LA.


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Uncle Dave Lewis

an ample talent!
Makiko Hirata is a young Japanese pianist who divides her time between providing accompaniment at the Juilliard School in New York and teaching at the Nara International Academy in Japan. The disc, Etudes, Seriously, is her own production, and for that, it is very good -- well recorded, well edited, and very well played. She has studied with Bela Siki, Marc Silverman, Sara Davis Buechner, Mitsuko Uchida, and others, but Hirata's strengths are not the sum total of her teachers. Buechner seems to have it right when she says of Hirata, "[Makiko] is one of those rarities and individualists, whose every move is nonetheless determined by identification with the music at hand, and commitment to bringing it vicariously to life." This generous program hop-scotches through a wide swath of piano literature in short stretches rather loosely related as "etudes" -- a bit of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. Hirata has the technical equipment to deal with all of this music with relative ease and her expressive qualities do seem to vary depending on what music is before her. She utilizes a light touch in the Bach and plays it at a relatively even tempo, yet she uses a broad, expansive rubato in the Rachmaninoff and makes the individual lines stand out relative to one another. In a way, the mid- and late-romantic literature makes for the most satisfying offerings here; the Liszt and Rachmaninoff selections are wonderful. Her Prokofiev is steely, forceful, and pragmatic, and as his Etudes, Op. 2, are a relatively uncommon set in comparison to the other pieces in the collection, one is grateful for their inclusion; the Presto energico is terrific. The only disappointments are the two Chopin pieces -- they are big, loud, powerful, and exciting, but just a bit more restraint and subtlety would be welcome.

Clearly the idea of the album -- Etudes, Seriously -- is to demonstrate that the form of the etude, while not taken very seriously owing to its status as teaching material, can have the qualities of "seriousness." We knew that, but it is heartening to see an artist in her own release attempt to take on some of the thematic considerations addressed in a major label recital of a pianist who is looking to show her stuff. While it would be nice to hear Makiko Hirata in longer, more ambitious works, it isn't desirable to be too critical in the case of such a modest and fine outing done on the artist's own dime. Were she to play these pieces in your own living room, you'd be enthralled. Considerations of literature and presentation aside, this is an entirely satisfying disc for demonstrating Makiko Hirata's ample talents as pianist.