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.”

January 2nd 2016
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Chamber Music Concert with the Carducci Quartet – Kings Place – 6 May 2018

SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018 at 6.30PM Reiko is absolutely delighted to be returning to London Chamber Music Society at Kings Place in London, this time joined by the brilliant Carducci Quartet in a concert featuring Schumann's wonderful and mighty Piano Quintet, preludised by his moving Widmung in the Liszt transcription. J Haydn String Quartet in D Op. ...
January 1st 2016
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Recital – Purcell Room, Southbank Centre – 14 May 2018

MONDAY 14 MAY 2018 at 7.30pm Reiko is very excited to be invited back to the Purcell Room in the opening season following renovation. Programme: Toru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II Thomas Adès Mazurkas interval JS Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Ticket information to come. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
June 6th 2017
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Violin and Piano Recital – Winchester Cathedral – 6 Jun 2017

TUESDAY 6 JUNE 2017 at 1:00pm Looking forward to performing in this wonderful setting with my good friend and violinist David Juritz. Programme: Beethoven Sonata no.9 in A major op.47 "Kreutzer" Wieniawski Polonaise de Concert in D major op.4 No tickets required Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS
May 17th 2017
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Recital – Brentwood Cathedral – 17 May 2017

I am delighted to be returning to Brentwood Cathedral to perform on WEDNESDAY 17 MAY 2017, 1:00PM. Playing a part of the Cathedral's Centenary celebrations is very special, so I am looking forward to such a lovely setting and concert. Programme to be announced No tickets required. Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Rd, Brentwood ...
March 31st 2017
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Recital – Oita, Japan – 31 Mar 2017

FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017 7:00PM Following her series of concerts in the UK, Reiko is delighted to bring her programme to Oita, Japan: Haydn Andante con variazioni Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’) interval Chopin Sonata in B minor, Op.58 Otonoizumi Hall, Iichiko Culture Center, Oitaa, Japan
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 and Robert: The Marriage Diaries'. Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann, Reiko investigates how the pair talk to ...
January 20th 2017
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Recital – Sheffield Cathedral – 20 Jan 2017 

FRIDAY 20 JANUARY 2017 1:15PM Sheffield Cathedral Reiko looks forward to her lunchtime recital at the splendid Sheffield Cathedral. Programme: Haydn Andante con variazioni Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’) No tickets required. Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA 

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