Taka Kigawa
"Phenomenon... There's no denying he's something special." - The New York Times
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"The pianist Taka Kigawa gave an electrifying traversal of all 18 Ligeti Études, a kaleidoscopic set of works that demands the unrelenting energy and precision that are Mr. Kigawa’s specialties."

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"Mr. Kigawa led the orchestra a merry chase, especially in the Stravinsky-like finale."

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"The three together played together as a coherent, fluently collaborative trio, subtly attuned to each other’s pacing and breathing..."

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"With a performance as stirring as Mr. Kigawa’s, the sonata’s reputation as Liszt’s greatest work is assured."

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"Olivier Messiaen’s kaleidoscopic “Catalogue d’Oiseaux(“Catalog of Birds”), which the pianist Taka Kigawa performed with preternatural ease over more than three hours..."

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"Ravel's Influence is unmitakable in the graceful shimmer and sparkling textures"

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"Mr. Kigawa plays with a fundamental gentleness, even in intense passages, but he brings a precision to the relentless pricks and bristling repetitions in these pieces..."

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" A gentle, atmospheric meditation..."

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"Mr. Kigawa deftly illuminating both the work’s lyrical lines and turbulent pianistic flourishes."

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"Poetic and considerate."

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"He offered an elegant performance of this enigmatic piece"

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"He offered an elegant performance of this enigmatic piece"

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"Mr. Kigawa was a diligent, compelling advocate"

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"The soloist, Taka Kigawa, occasionally paused the clotted flow of notes, took up a mallet, and struck a gong or a bell."

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"Mr. Kigawa vividly conveyed the kaleidoscopic sonic effects, punctuated throughout by long silences"

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"Mr. Kigawa emphasized the steely, modern qualities in the music."
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'Traiettoria ... Deviata' (1982) sometimes adds to, and sometimes supplants, natural reverberations with echoing, otherworldly electronic sounds."

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"...ideal for Kigawa’s touch and complete command."

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"Mr. Kigawa used it as the basis of a warm, shapely account that put its structural logic and occasional playfulness in the spotlight. Every phrase was carefully defined, and Webern’s silences were embraced as part of the music’s fabric."

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"Mr. Kigawa was firmly in control. And when Xenakis shifts suddenly from a heavy, repetitive whirlwind passage to a moment of delicate tracery at the top of the keyboard, Mr. Kigawa negotiated the change deftly."

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"Mr. Kigawa brought all the precision and finesse you could want to John Zorn's 'Carny.'"

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