Half-Speed Mastered 45rpm 180g Virgin Vinyl Double LP! Pressed at Quality Record Pressings! Minoru Nojima's First American Recording!
A great gem from the Reference Recordings catalog, now released for the first time as a 45 rpm 2LP set, half-speed mastered. Nojima Plays Liszt (RM-2516) is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl from Quality Record Pressings, and packaged in a beautiful old-style gatefold jacket.
Anticipating the judgment of history is no doubt presumptuous, but to hear Minoru Nojima is to find irresistible the idea that here is a pianist destined to join the pantheon of keyboard immortals. Nojima has a technique that invites comparison with the most dazzling of the great piano virtuosi, past or present. Even more, he has a depth of musical expressiveness that one can relate only to the spiritual, to music as an almost religious experience. His playing, once heard, is literally unforgettable.
Given Nojima's artist greatness - and to my mind that is unarguable - it is strange that he is not yet widely known to the American musical pubic, although his reputation is high among American pianists. The reason for his limited public exposure has been his reluctance up to now to make recordings. Fortunately, those who have not had the privilege of hearing Nojima in concert will now have an opportunity to hear him in this, his first American recording.
Nojima Plays Liszt (RR-25) was named “Best Recording of the Month” by Stereo Review when it was originally released in 1988. It was described as “A stunning demonstration of technique put at the service of profoundly musical ends.”
Connoisseurs of great piano playing will love these performances. A reclusive cult figure who records even less often than he plays in public, Nojima is Japan's most celebrated concert pianist and a Cliburn Competition Silver Medal winner. The album includes his highly acclaimed performance of the Sonata in b minor.
"Best Recording of the Month" - Stereo Review, May 1988
Features: • 45rpm • 180g Virgin Vinyl • Double LP • Half-speed Mastered by Paul Stubblebine • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings • Deluxe Stoughton gatefold jacket
Musicians: Minoru Nojima, piano
Selections: Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Side A: 1. Mephisto Waltz #1 2. La Campanella Side B: 3. Feux Follets 4. Harmonies du soir
Side C: 5. Sonata in B minor -- beginning Side D: 6. Sonata in B minor -- conclusion
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) 7. Alborada del gracioso