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Megumi Fujita


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CHOPIN 24 Etudes CD Launch Concerts!

23rd July 2017 (Sun) 3pm St Johns Smith Square, London (3 Etudes)
7th September 2017 (Thu) 7pm Kawai Omotesando, Tokyo, JAPAN
24th October 2017 (Tue) Spira, Jonkoping, SWEDEN
28th November 2017 (Tue) 6:45pm Caledonian Club, London, UK

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CD Review

'Do listen to the CD in the record shop – and I am sure you will love Megumi Fujita's way of playing and her Chopin's interpretation.' P-G Bergfors

 

 

A review of Megumi's Chopin 24 Etudes CD

31st May 2017
A review of Megumi's Chopin 24 Etudes CD:

The greatest piano studies of all time.

As Frédéric Chopin was also a pianist, he studied the piano extensively. Unlike his friend Liszt, he, as a concert pianist, disliked large venues and big audiences. He preferred performing at intimate surroundings.One will recognize such differences when listening to the newly released CD (Intim Musik label) of Chopin's etudes op.10 and 25 performed by Megumi Fujita, widely known around the world as a chamber musician in a piano trio with her two sisters.

What I mean is, that these pieces are usually a showcase for how technically brilliant, strong, fast and skilled a young pianists can execute the Chopin's etudes. Fujita has totally different attitude to this, as shown from the very first Etude, op. 10 No. 1, in C major.

She has all the technique required of a modern pianist to play at any speed, but she refrains from getting praise this way. With wonderful touch and remarkably controlled dynamics, and perfect mix of the classical and romanticism born out of Chopin's heart (Chopin loved Mozart’s music!), she takes the tempo at a slightly slower pace, with tenderness and butterfly's touch, thus drawing the music away from the earth shattering fast-paced virtuosi.

With the risk of misunderstanding, I would like to call Fujita's interpretation feminine in the very best meaning of that word.I cannot pick "best tracks" in this collection. Everything is so good. A personal musical favourite among them is Etude Op.25 No.1 in A flat major. Do listen to the CD in the record shop – and I am sure you will love Megumi Fujita's way of playing and her interpretation of Chopin.

Recording quality is of the highest standard as well as the photos, the booklet and the elegant notes for the music as usual from Intim Musik, is pleasure to the eye and contributes to the overall experience in the most favourable way.

P-G Bergfors
Translated from original Swedish

 

 

A review from Megumi's recent Piano Recital in Horsham,
October 2011

Stunning recital from Fujita that highlighted sensuous beauty and rich sound

Megumi Fujita, Horsham Music circle

HORSHAM music circle's 70th season continued on Saturday evening with a stunning recital at the Drill Hall given by Japanese pianist, Megumi Fujita.

Her programme opened with Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata with its vast developed first movement, followed by a restrained slow movement which leads straight into the triumphant rondo finale. It was played with flawless artistry.

Rachmaninov's Twenty Variations on the La Folia theme are wide-ranging in imagination, admirably concise and essentially romantic. They received a very fine performance, well paced with flamboyant technique.

Brahms's Three Intermezzos are much loved late romantic pieces which were superbly played with all the warmth, affection and peaceful contentment demanded within the music.

Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel is a suite of six pieces dedicated to friends of the composer who lost their lives in the First World War. Although inspired by the Baroque suites it is composed of a wide range of styles. Megumi Fujita brought out all the classical purity, sheer sensuous beauty and lush richness of the sound.

The final ovation demanded an encore when we had the great pleasure of one of Rachmaninov's Preludes. It made a fitting conclusion to an evening of the very finest piano music, all magnificently played with great charm.

West Sussex County Times 20th Oct 2011 G.T.


"...(Megumi Fujita) was marvellous mature and confident...faultless technique and tone...Tour de force in all respects."

Musical Opinion, Wigmore Hall

Rachmaninov Prelude Op.23 No.4 in D major


 


 

 

4th Novembeer 2010
Megumi's second disc is out now!
http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1041192


22nd December 2008
New Dvorak 'Dumky' Piano Trio/Smetana Piano Trio CD is coming out soon!




30th Sept 2008
Megumi will playing the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with Anne Kimber (Cond) and the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra on the 19th November! It will be at the Guildhall, Plymouth.

22nd May 2007
Ravel Trio 1st & 2nd movement live from the 19th May concert is on Podcast from Dartmouth Festival Website!

3rd February 2007
Photos from Hyogo, Japan concert in the Photo page!

2nd February 2007
Megumi has started her Blogs!

For English :
For Japanese :

4th January 2007


Happy New Year!

Our latest CD of Shostakovich Trios No.1 & 2 and Ravel Trio is coming out very soon.

Details on our CD page!

 

2nd December 2006
Megumi's review of her Wigmore Hall recital came out!
"The most striking feature of Megumi Fujita's playing in the Wigmore Hall on 1 October was the sheer beauty of sound she drew from the piano, always brilliantly singing yet subtly varied according to which masterpiece she performed....this was among the best recitals I've heard this year to mark the 150th Anniversary of Schumann's death"
Musical Opinion Nov/Dec 2006 Max Harrison

28th March 2006
Megumi's review of her Rachmaninov CD came out!
"Ms Fujita plays it exquisitely...Fujita has a perceptive ear for the poetic virtues of this music as well as having all the virtuosity needed to capture the stormy atmosphere in some of the preludes. "
Goteborg Posten 2006

2th October 2005
Megumi's review of the June Wigmore Hall recital came out!
"...solid technique and beautiful touch. The most magical aspect of her playing was the endless variety and nuance of colour which she searched for and extracted out of her instrument....bewitching tonal palette..." (Musical Opinion Sept/Oct 2005)

2nd May 2005
Musical Opinion magazineMegumi has been featured in the Piano & Pianist issue of the Musical Opinion Magazine (May/June 2005)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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