January 2015 The Strad Magazine

'Sensitive accounts of music full of sensual allure...(Komachi) judges the sleek, neo-Classical lines of Ravel’s 1928 Sonata to perfection, balancing exquisitely its espressivo ‘cool’ and super-compressed nostalgic yearnings.'

- Julian Haylock   Read the review

 

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December 2014

International Record Review ‘Komachi has chosen a particularly imaginative approach…Komachi’s booklet essay avoids descriptive analysis (easily accessible online) in favour of a detailed overview of Gauguin’s painting (reproduced in the booklet) and its influence on the composers and works featured. Well worth reading in its own right, it is an added enhancement of a recital in which this violinist more than holds her own’ – Richard Whitehouse

 

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August 2014

CD Review - The Quarterly Review

Midori Komachi, violinist, is a highly-ambitious and hugely-gifted soloist of the younger generation – as you will discover if you listen to her remarkable debut CD, which contains an account of Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor – a front-ranking performance of this monument in chamber music...her new CD (entitled Colours of the Heart) will make Midori Komachi a significant name in classical music."

Stuart Millson


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July 2014

CD Review 'Colours of the Heart' - MusicWeb International

"I take my hat off to Ms Midori Komachi in admiration for her enterprise in realising this imaginative collection. She turns in, with pianist Simon Callaghan, very creditable performances of these colourful, off-the-beaten track works. She also contributes some interesting and erudite sleeve-notes suggesting links with Gauguin’s painting Nevermore (Delius was its first owner) and the work of Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) especially his The Raven."

Ian Lace


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June 2014

CD Review - MusicWeb International
“Komachi imposes order and creates something very beautiful from these pages”:

John France


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April 2014

Delius Society Journal, Spring 2014 Issue

Review: Midori Komachi Recital in Tokyo by Shigeo Nakano

Tokyo Opera City Hall, 6th December 2013

 

"immediately taking the audience with her into the ecstatic Delian world, her sonorous, tuneful violin floating in a cloud which changed its colours all the time reflecting various kinds of mood of the music, such as joy, yearning, and sometimes wistfulness and sorrow, before leading us to the vigorous finale."

 

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March 2013

Delius Society Journal, Spring 2013 Issue

 

Review of recital at Shibuya Cultural Centre on 9th November 2012

"Midori's rendering with firm confidence was sincere and honest...Ravel's G major sonata (1927) was played in paricularly impressive manner. Midori displayed superb virtuosity expressing deep sympathy of the work."

-Shigeo Nakano

 

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May 2011

Bristol Evening Post

Review of St. George's Bristol recital, Duo combine wonderfully by John Packwood

"beautifully expressed by Midori with flexibility of phrase and subtle change of sound."

 

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March 2010

Spalding Guardian, Lincolnshire,

Review of Piano Trio Recital at The Windmill Studio concert series Eloquent Playing in Swineshead by Brian Moore

 

 

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October 2009

Bristol Evening Post

Review of Bristol cathedral recital, by John Packwood

"Midori played two solo pieces the Prelude from Bach's 3rd Partita and the 17th Caprice from Paganini's first work...she came through with flying colours."

Studio 18 (Japan)

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