After more than 6 years, the Japanese public welcomes back «it’s » OSM offering them exceptional concerts night after night!
Our trip to Japan, offered us incredible opportunities. We discovered an extremely rich millennial culture, made interesting encounters and soaked in the beautiful scenery and effervescence of the big cities. More importantly, however, it was the opportunity to see our Orchestra perform so brilliantly this rich and varied repertoire that makes this trip so important.
Each hall we performed in had its particularities, its colors. These differences gave each concert a beautiful new dimension. Maestro Nagano and Dina Gilbert, OSM assistant conductor, refined the sound during the acoustic rehearsals which helped the artists familiarize themselves with the space. These acoustic rehearsals are the perfect moment to work on the balance between the different sections of the orchestra and align the one musical path or the other to respect the musical text.
As for the concert experience, every night is different and unique. It gives us the chance to rediscover the French and Russian repertoire presented in Japan. Debussy, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, the Japanese public is not only very attentive but their applause confirms the admiration for our musicians and maestro Nagano. Encores are demanded after each performance. A virtuoso performance of Le Corsaire overture, Bizet’s Farandole was impeccable and what is there to say about the public’s reaction when the Orchestra performed some of the Japanese songs from their latest album “Shoka.” It was very touching to see a public, sometimes considered as reserved, nod and subtly swaying to this music that moves them so. When the last note was heard, the public still asked for more!
For Maestro Nagano, it’s after the concerts, during the very popular album signings, that he has the chance to meet the public. The compliments were never ending. Moved, they ask maestro for autographs on albums, phones, instrument cases or pictures they took with Maestro somewhere in the world. These privileged moments created beautiful reunions and Mo. Nagano had the chance to see colleagues and friends.
The last concert in Japan for the OSM was in Sapporo. The city was draped in fall colors just for us. We were still moved by the concert presented in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, one of the most prestigious halls of the world. It has to be said that the OSM performance, heightened by an exceptional acoustic, was a memorable experience. The colors, shades, flexibility and subtlety of the ensembles are still ringing in our ears.