Recordings

Debussy: Preludes, Book I & II Hiroko Sasaki

Debussy: Preludes, Book I & II

Hiroko Sasaki

Lévy: Complete Cello Sonatas Hiroko Sasaki & Scott Ballantyne

Lévy: Complete Cello Sonatas

Hiroko Sasaki & Scott Ballantyne


Video


Listening Samples

Debussy  : Prelude from Book II

VII. La terrasse des clair de lune (Terrace for Moonlight audiences - 月の光が降り注ぐテラス)

Chopin : Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35

I. Grave – Doppio movimento

Kirchner : Piano Trio No.2


Reviews

Hiroko Sasaki, a young Japanese-born pianist, gave an unusually impressive debut recital. It took but a few exquisitely colored and authoritative-turned phrases of Haydn’s C Minor Sonata to establish the impression that we were hearing a true artist at work. Ms. Sasaki, a most distinctive musician, knows how to fuse Classical understatement with a more Romantic freedom.
— Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review
exquisite proportion, rare poetic understatement, and a connoisseur’s in-depth grasp of many unusual textual options.
— Musical America
Pianist Hiroko Sasaki played with galvanic power in the Shostakovich, then turned around to treat the cascading runs in Mendelssohn’s music like so many strings of shimmering pearls. In its own way, this Trio is no less trenchant than the Shostakovich. But its restless heart is bathed in such warm, naturally sprung melodies that the effect is ravishing. The strings — sweeter and throatier-sounding here — sang those melodies eloquently, weaving effectively around Sasaki’s radiant playing.
— Joe Banno, Washington Post