April 25, 2024

The Nagano-Kodama Family Present Mozart & Poulenc with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

PENTATONE releases Mozart & Poulenc Double & Triple Piano Concertos, together with Mari Kodama, Momo Kodama, Karin Kei Nagano and Kent Nagano, in May 2024.

A Serious Yet Playful Musical Family Portrait

Mari Kodama, Momo Kodama, Karin Kei Nagano and Kent Nagano present Double and Triple Piano Concertos by Mozart and Poulenc, together with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. This unique project highlights the musicality and congeniality of this extraordinary family of performers.

On this album, the four members of the Nagano-Kodama family – Kent (husband), Mari (wife), Momo (sister), and Karin (daughter) – join forces with the OSR. The collective performance on this album resonates with Mozart’s own practice of performing his music together with his father, his sister, his wife, and his sister-in-law. Despite belonging to different ages in music history, Mozart and Poulenc share a combination of playfulness and seriousness, and Poulenc – who adored Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos – manages to integrate touches of Mozartian neoclassicism into his genuinely French and twentieth-century double concerto. Sharing the stage on this recording is a dream come true for the Nagano-Kodama family.

Mari Kodama, Momo Kodama and Kent Nagano have appeared on PENTATONE frequently, including recordings of Tchaikovsky Ballet Duos (2016) and Martinů Double Concertos (2018) featuring the two sisters, and the GRAMMY-awarded album of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (2003) featuring Kent Nagano. Karin Kei Nagano makes her PENTATONE debut.

“Making music with family members is always something very special.
The level of intimacy is incomparably higher, the shared understanding often deeper, the tension more exciting and grueling, because it always involves personal relationships that go far beyond professional music-making. Once we actually succeed in letting ourselves be carried away together by the music, magic unfolds, which in turn affects our personal relationships deeply. This project has more than just fulfilled our expectations. A dream has come true.“

Digital Release Date17 MAY 2024

Physical Release: MAY 2024

Released as 1 standard CD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads.