Minako Hachijo Recital Review

For the second time in the span of a week, we were treated to a superb flute recital in our adopted city of Sapporo. Minako Hachijo’s recital, “Flute Journey,” had us savoring flavors from nearly three centuries of flute repertoire from France, Germany, Austria, and the United States. The first half of the program was focused on the Baroque era with harpsichord accompaniment:

Gluck – Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Blavet – Sonata in d minor, op. 2-2, “La Vibray”
JS Bach – Sonata in b minor, BWV 1030

True to her background studies at l’École Normale de Musique de Paris, Ms Hachijo’s sound was sweet with a facile lightness and clarity commonly associated with the French style of flute playing. It was refreshing to hear such purity of sound and concept in a world where loud and strident have come to rule. Ms Hachijo’s ornamentation perfectly balanced scholarly, tasteful, and pleasing elements. The second half of the program accompanied by piano was:

Mozart – Andante in C Major, K. 315
Schubert – Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen” from “Die schöne Müllerin,” D. 802
Fauré – Fantasie, op. 79
Liebermann – Sonata, op. 23

In this segment of the program, Ms Hachijo left no question that her technical facility is on par with her exquisite sound and musicianship. She gets “bonus points” simply for programming the extraordinarily difficult and demanding Liebermann at the end of an already packed program. She didn’t just program it, though; she delivered it with a punch! Kudos to Ms Hachijo on a flute recital beautifully curated, and even more beautifully performed.

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