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Reviews from japan for Bach Beat II
June 20, 2016, 12:00 am

Magazine “Record Geijutsu” June, 2016 Issue
Makoto Nakura released an album called “Bach Beat” in 2008 and this time, his “Bach Beat II” concentrates almost on solo violin works by J.S. Bach. Being similar to the previous CD, the works on this CD are not elaborate arrangements, but they are basically direct transcriptions from the original score. I greatly value his volition and resolution there. I found it fascinating how wonderfully he reveals the polyphonic texture in an analytical way (on “Sonata No.3”) and he pulls together a suite as one whole structure, still demonstrating vividly the style and characteristics of each dance movement (on Partita No.3). This album is the one which will resonate among marimbists in Japan. (Yo Goto)
On his liner note, Mr. Nakura says that by standing face to face with Bach, he has been building marimba’s expressive quality which can be comparable with the piano and violin. His words are not a false statement. He demonstrates brilliant music making and subtle nuance as if you were listening to Bach’s music played by a superlative pianist. His highly virtuosic technique is one thing, but I profoundly felt that he wholeheartedly utilizes it to achieve the musical expression he wants, instead of showcasing the technique itself. (Shigeki Saeki)