Mari Kodama – Press

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Martinu's Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in Hannover

Martinu’s Concerto for two pianos

Hannover Allgemeine Zeitung

November 19, 2016

“It continues in a lively manner and to great effect with a piece that to most listeners will probably have been a new discovery: Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra. This composer is still not recognized and played enough, perhaps because he is hard to classify due to his poly-stylistics and because he demands a lot from both orchestra and soloist.”

“… Together with her sister Momo Kodama she masters it brilliantly, navigating through the turmoil of the opening movement, letting the melody give consolation in the second movement and speeding with great effect through the finale. With their encore the Kodama sisters show that there lies a little drama even in a ballet piece (‘Danse des mirlitons’ from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’)”

Martinu's Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in Hannover

Martinu’s Concerto for two pianos and orchestra

Neue Presse

November 19, 2016

“When the Japanese Mari and Momo Kodama entered the stage it was already obvious from their distinctively patterned dresses that the performance would be beyond normal concert routine. Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra might have been new to the majority of the audience. The first and last movement ran at full speed. Not less demanding the Adagio in the middle, precisely because it asks for containment – to play gently is often the most difficult challenge, which was mastered by the Kodama sisters in the most convincing manner.”

CD Review: Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites for Piano Duo with Momo Kodama

Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites for Piano Duo CD Review


November 14, 2016

“Using the symphonic scores to understand and subsequently extract the transcriptions from their original context, they add another dimension. A dimension of fairytale through suggestive, but elegant and refined playing, with a judiciously coloured palette of make believe, with even some interspersed ‘mystique’ elements, making these wonderfully ‘transduced’ performances, which many are at best familiar with in their orchestral versions, so intimately and irresistibly enjoyable.”

Martinu's Concerto for two pianos with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille

Quand deux tubes planétaires encadrent deux œuvres surprenantes!

Zibeline Journal

April 1, 2016

“The final piece was the Concerto for Two Pianos by Martinù: Mari and Momoyo Kodama are extraordinary! The writing is very demanding, expressionism pushed to the extreme, dissonance reminiscent of Bartók, with non-stop flow of scales, arpeggios, leaps, but also pauses in the last almost-impressionistic movement. The fingers of the Japanese musicians were flying with with diabolic ease and finesse: a stunning finale.”

Mozart with Montreal Symphony

Mari Kodama performs Mozart with Montreal Symphony

The Montreal Gazette

October 29, 2009

“She produced a fine performance, pearly in tone but somehow assertive, notably in the cadenzas, despite the leisurely tempos and ubiquitous rhetoric of elegance.”