Yoshio Watanabe
 Yoshio Watanabe was born in 1950 in Kamakura. While sociology major at Hitotsubashi University, Watanabe decided to become a professional harpsichordist, and took Michio Kobayashi as his teacher. Upon graduation from the university, he went to the Netherlands to study under Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He graduated from the conservatory in 1977, with a soloist's diploma, taking the highest honors and receiving the Prix d'Excellence. Since returning to Japan in fall 1980, Watanabe has been performing at numerous concerts to popularize harpsichord music. He was greatly stimulated and influenced, especially by Frans Bruggen with whom he performed just after his return to Japan, and Anner Bijlsma with whom he performed in numerous occasions. In 1984, Watanabe established the Baroque Band, an orchestra of period instruments, with which he conducted major works for voices and orchestra to critical acclaim, including Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" and "Verpro della Beata Vergine", Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. John Passion etc. In 1989, Watanabe went on a nationwide fortepiano concert tour. Beside solo and ensemble performances, he has played Mozart's piano concertos and accompanied distinguished singers such as John Elwes, Max van Egmond and Christoph Pregardien, esploring new dimension in his performance. He also plays the clavichord, and is keen on popularizing this instrument. While continuing to perform as a soloist, Watanabe also teaches at Tokyo College of Music, Ueno Gakuen College, Toho Gakuen School of Music, and Kunitachi College of Music. He is a member of the J.C.S. Japanese Clavichord Society. Watanabe has recorded many compact discs, including "Pathetique on Fortepiano", "Bach: Italian Concerto and others", "Bach: 6 Partitas", "Improvising Mozart", "Schubert: Die schone Mullerin" (accompanying John Elwes, Tenor), "Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and others", "Bach: Goldberg Variations", "Bach: Harpsichord Concertos vol I", "The 'Cembalo' - Its History and Music" vol. 1 and 2. He also writes thesis and articles occasionally, and published a new critical edition of Mozart's Fantasy and Sonata in C-Minor, KV475+457 in 1993 (Zen-On Music, Tokyo). In Autumn 2000, he published "Cembalo - Clavicordo - Fortepiano 1400-1800" (Tokyo Shoseki), a large-scale book with nearly 900 pages, containing comprehensive studies about stringed keyboard instruments and their history, relating with their makers, musicians and society. They book was a great success and was praised in reviews in various newspapers and magazines.
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J.S.BACH Harpsichord Concertos vol.1 / Yoshio Watanabe
works: J.S.BACH Concerto for Harpsichord, 2 Violins, Viola & Basso continuo/ No.1 in D-minor, BWV1052: 1. Allegro 2. Adagio 3. Allegro (Time) , No.2 in E-major, BWV1053: 1.- 2. Siciliano 3. Allegro,No.4 in A-major, BWV1055: 1.Allegro 2.Adagio 3.Allegro, Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, 2 Violins, Viola & Basso continuo No.1 in C-minor, BWV1060: 1. Allegro 2. Adagio 3. Allegro
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord), Akiko Sakikawa (Harpsichord), THE BAROQUE BAND
CD(ALM Records ALCD-1034),recorded in 2001
The >>CEMBALO<< - Its History and Music vol.II / Yoshio Watanabe
works: [Disk I The Harpsichord in Germany]
Matthias Weckmann Toccata III in e Johann Jacob Froberger Suite XXX in A-minor Matthias Weckmann Toccata IV in a, Canzona I in C Johann Jacob Froberger Suite XII in C-major, Tombeau fait a Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher Dietrich Buxtehude Praeludium in G-minor BuxWV163 Johann Kaspar Kerll Ciaccona in C-major Johann Kuhnau Biblical Sonata IV "Hiskia agonizzante e risanato" in C-minor Georg Böhm Praeludium in G-minor, Suite in E-flat-major Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata in D-major BWV912
[Disk II The Harpsichord in France]
Louis Couperin Suite in F-major, Pavane in F#-minor Jean-Philippe RAMEAU Suite in A-minor Jacques Duphly 5 Pieces
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord)
2CDs(ALM Records ALCD1049/50),recorded in 2002
The >>CEMBALO<< - Its History and Music vol.I / Yoshio Watanabe
works: [Disc I The Harpsichord in Italy]
WILLIAM BYRD Callino Casturame JOHN DOWLAND / WILLIAM BYRD Lachrymae Pavan WILLIAM BYRD The Bells GIOVANNI PICCHI Toccata (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) GIOVANNI DE MACQUE 2 Gagliarde GIOVANNI MARIA TRABACI Canzona franzesa prima in g GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI Toccata 8 (Libro primo, 1615), Toccata 11 (Libro primo, 1615), Balletto I (1637) in e, Balletto II (1637)in e, Cento Partite sopra Passacagli (1637) JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Toccata in G-major, BWV916, DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sonata in D-minor (Andante moderato) K.52, Sonata in D-major (Allegrissimo) K.96, 2 Sonatas F-minor (Andante) K.238, F-minor (Allegro) K.239, 2 Sonatas G-minor (Andante) K.426, G-major (Presto, quanto sia possibile) K.427
[Disc II The Harpsichord in Flanders]
GIULIO CACCINI / PETER PHILIPS Amarilli mia bella JOHN DOWLAND / JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK Pavana Lachrimae GILES FARNABY Spagnioletta JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK Toccata 16 in a JOHANN JACOB FROBERGER Toccata 12 in a (1656), Suite 2 in D-minor (1649), Toccata 18 in F, Suite 20 in D-major, Lamentation faite sur la mort tres douloureuse de Sa Majeste Imperiale, Ferdinand III (1657) ANONYMOUS Prelude in G-major (MS Parville 3) JACQUES CHAMPION DE CHAMBONNIERES Pavane >>L'Entretien des Dieux<< in G-minor JEAN-HENRI d'ANGLEBERT Tombeau de Mr. de Chambonnieres JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Suite in E-minor >>furs Lautenwerck<< BWV996
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord)
2CDs(ALM Records ALCD1038/39),recorded in 2001
BACH Goldberg Variationen / Yoshio Watanabe
works: J.S.BACH Goldberg Variationen:Var.1-30
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord)
CD(CECILE RECORD IMS-9802),recorded in 1998
BACH Italienisches Konzert / Yoshio Watanabe
works: Johann Sebastian Bach Italienisches Konzert, Concerto a 2 Cembali in C-dur BWV1061a: 1. (Allegro) 2. Adagio ovvero Largo 3. Fuga, Zweyter Theil der Clavier Ubung (1735) Concerto nach Italienischen Gusto in F-dur BWV971: 1. (Allegro) 2. Andante 3. Presto , Ouverture nach Franzosischer Art in h-moll BWV831: 1. Ouverture 2. Courante 3. Gavotte I/II 4. Passepied I/II 5. Sarabande 6. Bourree I/II 7. Gigue 8. Echo Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Concerto a 2 Cembali in F-dur: 1.Allegro moderato 2. Andante 3. Presto
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe, Akiko Sakikawa (Harpsichord)
CD(ALM Records ALCD-1023),recorded in 1997
BACH Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue / Yoshio Watanabe
works: J.S.Bach Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue in D-minor BWV903, Praeludium (Prelude, Fugue & Allegro) in E-flat BWV998,Suite (Partita) in C-minor BWV997,Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo BWV992,Sonata in D-minor (after Sonata No.2 in A-minor for Violin solo) BWV964
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord)
CD(ALM Records ALCD1018 ),recorded in 1996
works: SCHUBERT >>Die schone Mullerin<<
Performers: John Elwes (Tenor) Yoshio Watanabe (Fortepiano)
CD(ALM Records ALCD1015),recorded in 1995
>>IMPROVISING MOZART<< - Yoshio Watanabe
works: W.A.Mozart
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Fortepiano)
CD(ALM Records ALCD1012),recorded in 1993
BACH 6 Partitas / Yoshio Watanabe
works: J.S.Bach 6 Partitas
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord)
2CDs(ALM Records ALCD1004/05),recorded in 1993
works: J.S.Bach Italian Concerto
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord)
CD(Sohbi SHCC-1002),recorded in 1991
Pathetique on Fortepiano / Yoshio Watanabe
works: Beethoven Sonata No.8 in C minor op.13 <Pathetique>
Performers: Yoshio Watanabe (Harpsichord)
CD(CBS-SONY CSCR8306),recorded in 1990

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