Reiko’s Reviews

Reiko Rehearsal Nov 2013 - 428

The Guardian

 “A beautifully poised performance”

The Times

“Her elegant playing… was a total joy”

The ArtsDesk                                                click here to read the full review

“Never breathless and the dynamics are carefully graded. Lovely, in other words; these readings capture the elusiveness of Schubert’s inspiration – superficially light music possessing bewildering profundity.”

“Fujisawa plays cleanly, crisply and with brilliant rhythmic drive… best is the understated, cool Sarabande, the incessant slow semiquavers never sounding academic. Sumptuously recorded too; this is an irresistible disc.”

BBC Music Magazine                                click here to read the full review

“The highlight of this impressive recital is the unusually sombre reading of Schubert’s First Impromptu… and the Waldstein is charistmatic.”

The Strad

“A prodigiously gifted and sensitive partner. The complex dreamworld of Walton’s Sonata was evoked with glistening richness… and Fujisawa gave delicate support.”

“Franck’s Sonata in A major was impressive….responding with vivid exuberance to Fujisawa’s lightness of touch.”

Musical Opinion

“Reiko Fujisawa… eminently displayed her romantic nature and dynamism… her use of the sustaining pedal and the strength of her left hand brought intensity and power with a rare richness of texture and emotional impact. Reflective insights gave way to extrovert washes of sound and at times an almost Lisztian ferocity. The twelfth Prelude showed splendid articulation and the Raindrop Prelude had a sense of lightness and air to it. This was a superb account of the complete cycle and amply demonstrated her control of nuances and deep insight into the score.”

“There was no question of her ability to communicate or to meet the technical demands of the pieces.”

“The second half comprised Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Given the delights of the Chopin it was no surprise to find Reiko Fujisawa revelling in the romanticism of the various textures and colours which the composer creates. There is a very good case for arguing that the piano version is superior to all the over-blown orchestral versions particularly when played as well as this.”

South Africa Recital Tour

“Romantic feeling and an obvious love for both the rhythmic drive and the declamatory gestures so typical of Spanish music.”

“A performance that showed a natural understanding for music of a romantic character.”

“Reiko Fujisawa was at her best in Cloud Atlas I, II, III by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Single notes, quick figurations, clusters, short motifs widely spaced all over the keyboard and beautifully utilising the specific colours of specific ranges, all the time creating exquisite effects.”

July 14th 2017
Tags: Clara 2019

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The Travelling Clara

‘The Travelling Clara’ A trilogy of concerts spaced out over 2019, reimagining concerts of the virtuoso Clara Schumann as she travelled across Europe, performing the most significant piano concertos of the nineteenth century. 1) Clara in Leipzig Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor. Clara premiered her husband's only completed piano concerto 1 January ...
March 8th 2017
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Clara 2019

Clara Schumann, née Wieck 1819–1896 To celebrate the bicentenary of Clara Schumann in 2019, Reiko will be performing Clara's music throughout her programmes. One special recital we have planned is 'Clara Schumann: An inspirational life in words and music'. Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann, together with other works ...
February 7th 2016
Tags: Goldberg Variations

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Goldberg Project

In July 2016, Reiko will be embarking on her Goldberg Project. Over the next year, Reiko Fujisawa takes on JS Bach’s magnificent ‘Goldberg Variations’ BWV 988, and will perform this work across the country, in a variety of performance venues. Upheld as one of the greatest examples of variation form, the ...
February 7th 2016
Tags: Goldberg Variations

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530,000 notes!

As my final concerts of 2016 are approaching, I can look back over an amazing few months. My Goldberg Project has been so wonderful. With seven performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations across the country, I have performed in such incredible venues and met so many wonderful people. That’s over 530,000 ...
February 7th 2016
Tags: Goldberg Variations

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Goldbergs in Derby (again!)

Absolutely loved my concert of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Derby High School. It was lovely to return to the city in beautiful autumn since my last visit at the start of summer. And indeed, it was great to see some familiar faces in the audience! Here I am after the ...

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