“Mari and Momo Kodama grew up hearing The Nutcracker. That deep familiarity gives their performance of the suite… particular sparkle and style.”
We are proud to share with you that our release of Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites transcribed for Piano Duo performed by Mari and Momo Kodama is reviewed by the Guardian. The review praised the Sugar Plum Fairy sounds’as delicate on piano as for the celesta or the original orchestration. Together for the first time in the recording studio, the sisters Mari and Momo Kodama are on scintillating form in these lively arrangements of music from Tchaikovsky’s ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker. In another first, the release contains the first ever recording of Arensky’s transcription of the timeless Nutcracker together with notable arrangements by Debussy and Rachmaninov.
“The Japanese sisters Mari and Momo Kodama grew up hearing The Nutcracker. That deep familiarity gives their performance of the suite here, transcribed for two pianos by Arensky (1861-1906), particular sparkle and style. The Sugar Plum Fairy sounds as delicate on piano as for the celesta or the original orchestration, and the delicious Pas de deux loses nothing in translation.”
Read the full review here