Motoi Kawashima Dances on the Keys

Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird lends its name to the second CD that Motoi Kawashima has recorded in 2010 on the Japanese label Heart’s – and on a Bechstein grand. The disk is devoted to piano pieces that have their roots in ballet music. In addition to three movements of Stravinsky’s Firebird, transcribed by Guido Agosti, the CD includes the adagio from Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian in Matthew Cameron’s transcription, five movements of Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, three dances from Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat and the waltz from Leo Delibe’s Coppélia, arranged by Ernst von Dohnányi. Kawashima has achieved a wonderfully colourful, rhythmically varied, emotionally expressive recording.