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November 11
http://blog.yoshikoikuma.jp/?eid=224946
伊熊よし子のブログ
Yoshiko流、クラシック音楽の楽しみかた
(Ikuma Yoshiko blog
The flow of Yoshiko flow, on the enjoyment of classical music)
[Yoshiko-san writes the Japanese notes for Nobu's concerts and CD albums]
2014.11.11 Tuesday
テレビ収録
 今日は、ピアニストの辻井伸行の番組で、彼の音楽的なこと、演奏に関して話すため、テレビ収録にでかけた。
 2015年1月1日のBS朝日の番組で、以前からシリーズで放映されている「奇跡のピアニスト」である。放映時間は夜の9時から11時。
 辻井伸行が最近演奏に取り組んでいるショパンのバラード第4番、ラヴェルの「夜のガスパール」、そして今後さまざまなオーケストラと共演予定のラフマニノフのピアノ協奏曲第3番に関して、プロデューサーからの質問に対してひとつずつ答えていくというスタイルだった。
 辻井伸行が演奏しているこれらの作品は、いずれも難曲といわれ、各々の作曲家の最高傑作のひとつとされる。
 それらを彼は完璧に自分の音楽として奏でている。それについても、私自身の意見を聞かれた。
 テレビは、いつもかなり多くのことを話しても、放映されるとほんの2~3分ということが多い。今回はどうかな(笑)。
 今日の写真は、番組のスタッフの方たち。プロデューサーのHさん(右)は、辻井伸行を10歳のころからずっと追っているそうだ。そういう長いスタンスで番組を制作している人というのは、強い信念がある。
 私もひとりのアーティストをデビュー当初からずっと取材し続ける場合が多いが、今日はHさんの姿勢を学ばなくては、と改めて思った。
 お正月番組なので、家でゆっくりしている人はぜひ見てくださいね。きっと辻井さんの難曲に挑む果敢な姿勢が見られると思いますから。
TV recording
Today, I went to a recording of a TV program about the music of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. The BS Asahi program, which will air on January 1, 2015, is a continuation of an ongoing series titled "The miracle pianist," Airtime will be 9:00 to 11:00 PM.
Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii's recent performances include Ballade No. 4 of Chopin, "Gaspard de la nuit" of Ravel, and -- with an orchestra -- Piano Concerto No. 3 of Rachmaninov. I was there to answer questions from the producer.
These works that Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii is playing are said to be extremely challenging, and each is one of the best masterpieces of each of the composers. He plays the music perfectly.
Whenever I am asked for my opinion on TV, often I would talk for a long time, only to be shown in 2-3 minutes on air. I wonder about this time. (LOL)
Today's photo features the staff of the program.
Producer of Mr. H (on the right) has been following the career of Mr. Tsujii since he was a 10-year-old. It takes someone with strong conviction to stand by a program that he has created for such a long time. Also, he often continues to interview artists starting from their very debut. I learn from the attitude of Mr. H today.
As the program will be shown on New Year, please, folks, by all means take your time to watch at home the bold attitude of Mr. Tsujii in overcoming difficult challenges.
image via Internet link
September 30
http://namikoshitakashi.seesaa.net/article/405760041.html [blog of Mr. Namikoshi, a family friend of Nobu]
2014年09月21日
天才ピアニスト!辻井伸行君から言われたこと!
少し前に辻井伸行君の26歳の誕生日を親しい人たちでお祝いしました。その時にノブリンから言われたことは9月23日のWOWOWで「辻井伸行ドキュメンタリー」が放映されるので絶対に観てほしいということでした。
image via Internet link
ノブリンは色々なテレビに出演しますが「今度のテレビは絶対、なみちゃんに観てもらいたいんだ!」と言われたのは初めてなので、今から23日が楽しみです。20歳でヴァン・クライバーンピアノコンクールで優勝した青年も26歳となり、日本のピアニストから世界のピアニストになったドキュメンタリーを一人でも多くの皆様にご覧いただきたいと思います。放映は9月23日16時5分より、WOWOWライブです。14時30分からも英国でのBBCプロムス2013でのコンサートもOAされますので、同時にお楽しみください!
September 21, 2014
Genius pianist! Words directly from Nobuyuki Tsujii kun!
Not long ago, I was at a  celebration with close people of the birthday of 26-year-old Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii. Nobu told me at that time that there is a "Nobuyuki Tsujii documentary" that I will want to watch absolutely, to be aired on WOWOW on September 23. Nobu has appeared on many television shows, but this one is a "must see".  I want you to see me in the waves, he said, "because it is the first time."
I look forward to the 23rd.
The young man who won the Van Cliburn Piano Competition at the age of 20 is now a 26-year-old.  I want to  take a look at everyone a lot of the documentary of how he has become a pianist of the world, from a pianist in Japan. September 23 16:05 on WOWOW. The concert at the 2013 BBC Proms 2013 in the UK starts at 14:30.  Please enjoy them both!

September 11
Mr. Kawakami -- Nobu's long-time childhood piano teacher -- wrote about Peter Rosen's "Touching the Sound" in his blog
http://www.masahiro-kawakami.com/blog/index.php?d=20140912
Peter Rosen 監督のドキュメンタリー
ピアニスト辻井伸行の昨年の活動にスポットを当てた新たな番組が日本でも公開されます。
おもに音楽家を取り上げた番組制作で有名なピーター・ローゼン氏による番組で、アメリカではすでに放映されていたものですが、ようやく日本でも放送されるということです。
Wowowで9月23日の午後4時05分からです↓ http://www.wowow.co.jp/pg_info/detail/105718/index.php
辻井君の幼少時からのエピソードや映像、そしてごく最近の、特に昨年2013年の活動にスポットを当て、おもに彼のマネージャーのエイベックスの浅野さんのナレーターによって進められている1時間ほどのストーリーで素晴らしい内容です。
実は私も出演しているので、一般公開に先立って観せていただきましたが、私自身がこれまで観たことのない辻井君に関する過去の映像や新しい映像がたくさん 使われていて、とても楽しかったです。日本の番組制作会社が作るものとは全然違う視点でスゴイなと思いました。これにはローゼン氏の独自の視点が強く働い ているのだと思います。
もちろん英語による番組なので、今回日本人向けの放送においては日本語の字幕がつけられているのだと思いますが、私たちが喋った言葉がどんな日本語で字幕になっているのか(逆翻訳ですね(笑))など個人的には興味があるところです
私はWowowに加入していないので残念ながら観れないのですが、視聴可能な方はぜひチェックしてみてください。この番組、Wowowでしか観れないのはちょっと残念です。
Documentary by director Peter Rosen
A new program that focuses on last year's activities of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will be shown in Japan.
The program by Peter Rosen, famous primarily for documentaries about musicians, has already been seen in the United States, but it will be broadcast in Japan finally on September 23 16:05 on Wowow TV  http://www.wowow.co.jp/pg_info/detail/105718/index.php
There is video footage from the childhood of Mr. Tsujii, as well as recently filmed footage focusing on the activities of 2013 last year in particular,
It is a wonderful story, a contents of about an hour, with Mr. Asano -- his Avex manager -- as the main narrator.
Actually, because I also appear in the show, I was allowed to watch it prior to the general public.  It makes use of videos of Mr. Tsujii and I from the past; I think it is a lot of fun. I am amazed by a perspective completely different from documentaries made by Japanese production companies.   I think Mr. Rosen has a unique point of view that works strongly for this.
Because the program is in English, I think Japanese subtitles will be attached to the broadcasting for Japanese this time; words spoken [by Japanese in English] will be shown with Japanese subtitles (reverse translation :-)  -- this is interesting to me.
Unfortunately, because I do not subscribe to Wowow, I will not be able to watch it.  But please try to watch it.   It is a little disappointing that this program is seen only on Wowow

image via Internet link
August 23
Here is a posting in English about the film Japanese film 『マエストロ!』(Maestro!). An announcement last week that Yutaka Sado and Nobu have participated in the film made quite a splash in Japan. This English posting gives some details about the film's actors and story line, but mistakenly states that "Yutaka Sado and pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will make cameos in the film".   No cameo roles are mentioned in the Japanese postings that I have read.  Sado is said to advise and supervise the conducting scenes and Nobu provides music for the ending of the film.

August 21
This is big news in Japan:  Nobu and long-time mentor Yutaka Sado will participate in a Japanese film 『マエストロ!』 ("the Maestro!") - Nobu is writing some music for the ending theme of the movie, which is scheduled to be released on January 31, 2015. (More significantly, this news item signifies Nobu's return to public after a very quiet time.) 
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俳優の松坂桃李がバイオリニスト、歌手のmiwaがフルート奏者を演じる映画『マエストロ!』に、「題名のない音楽会」の司会としておなじみの世界的指揮者・佐渡裕と天才ピアニスト・辻井伸行が参加することが明らかになった。

 本作はさそうあきらの人気コミック「マエストロ」を基にした音楽映画。若きバイオリニスト・香坂(松坂)が、フルート奏者・あまね(miwa)らと共に破天荒な指揮者・天道(西田敏行)に反発しながらも解散した名門オーケストラの復活を目指し奮闘するさまを描いている。
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エンディングテーマを書き下ろした辻井は「演奏家として、普段オーケストラと共演をさせていただく機会が多いのですが、指揮者の西田さん、コンマスの松坂さんをはじめ、オーケストラのメンバーには個性的な役者の方々が多く、人間模様や様々なエピソードが非常に楽しく、また劇中に流れる『運命』と『未完成』には本当に感動させられました」と劇中音楽が本作の見どころの一つであることを明かした。
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映画『マエストロ!』は2015年1月31日より全国公開
Actor Matsuzaka Tori plays a violinist, singer miwa plays a flutist  , and it has been revealed that global conductor Yutaka Sado, who is familiar as moderator of "Untitled Concert" as well as genius pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii  will  participate.
This film is based on the popular Sasouakira comic " The Maestro". ..
Mr. Tsujii, who has written the ending theme, said, "As a musician, I have recently been allowed many opportunities to perform with an orchestra.   
But it is a unique experience to work with Mr. Nishida  the conductor and the many actors and musicians, led by Matsuzaka's Konmasu.  The many human event episodes are very interesting.  And I was really impressed with the film music 'fate' and 'unfinished'. " ... The film opens on July 31, 2015.

image via Internet link

Nobu's name appears in the credits in the trailer for the film: "エンディングテーマ:辻井伸行「マエストロ!」"(Nobuyuki Tsujii is in charge of thr music of the end-title credit.)
http://thepage.jp/detail/20140822-00000007-wordleaf [This text I suspect is right out of a press release]
...映画のラストのコンサートシーンの楽曲「運命」「未完成」は佐渡裕指揮で、ドイツの名門、ベルリン・ドイツ交響楽団によって演奏されており、重厚感のある本物の音楽が味わえ、劇中の感動をより高めます。また、エンディングに流れる辻井伸行の書き下ろし楽曲が、その感動の余韻を優しく包み込む。日本が誇る世界的な音楽家2人がそろって映画に協力をするのは、初となる。また、特報映像と、ポスタービジュアルも解禁された。...
■辻井伸行コメント
今回「マエストロ!」のエンディングテーマを担当させて頂きました。演奏家として、普段オーケストラと共演をさせて頂く機会が多いのですが、指揮者の西田さん、コンマスの松坂さんをはじめ、オーケストラのメンバーには個性的な役者の方々が多く、人間模様や様々なエピソードが非常に楽しく、また劇中に流れる「運命」と「未完成」には本当に感動させられました。

作曲に関しては、実際に撮影現場におじゃまさせて頂きイメージを膨らませました。普段クラシック音楽に触れる機会が無い方にも是非観て頂けたらと思います。
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Conductor Yutaka Sado, who has performed with the prestigious Germany Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, provide experience of the real music with a profound feeling and added excitement to the final concert scenes in the movie when the orchestra performs "fate" and "Unfinished". In addition, newly written music by Nobuyuki Tsujii will be flowing in the ending, gently wrapping the lingering impression.  It is the first time that two world-class Japanese musicians will collaborate on a movie ...
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Comments by Nobuyuki Tsujii
This time, I was allowed to be in charge of the ending theme of "Maestro!"  As a musician, I usually have opportunities where I am allowed to play with many orchestras, but this is the my first time working with Conductor Nishida and actors such as Matsuzaka Konmasu and manyunique  members of the orchestra.  I was really impressed with the variety and the human events flowing in the play.  The episodes of "fate" and "unfinished" are also very interesting.
In my composition,  I try to project the image of the Maestro.  I hope it will be enjoyed even by those who are usually not in touch with classical music.

July 22
Read a humorous blog post that illustrates the plight of a family facing the high ticket prices of Nobu's 2015 concerts with the Liverpool Phil in today's Notable Web Postings
image via Internet link
July 20
Nobu made an unannounced appearance on Nagoya's Tokai TV, described here. Unfortunately, the broadcast was local and not many people saw it. A shame.
07/20 13:27
(東海テレビ[スタイルプラス])
世界的ピアニスト・辻井伸行・生出演
ピアニスト・辻井伸行がスタジオで「パガニーニの主題による狂詩曲~第18変奏」(作曲・ラフマニノフ、編曲・辻井伸行)を生演奏。
来年1月29日「辻井伸行with ヴァシリーペトレンコ&ロイヤルリヴァプールフィル」(愛知県芸術劇場コンサートホール)について紹介。
ピアニスト・辻井伸行、東ちづる、ピース・綾部祐二、又吉直樹のスタジオコメント。
カラオケ、氷川きよし、岐阜、フィギュアスケート・浅田真央について言及あり。
特別電話予約・東海テレビチケットセンターのテロップ。
(Tokai TV Style plus])
Global pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, live appearance
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii live musicin the studio: "Rhapsody ~ 18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini" (composer Rachmaninoff, and arranged by Nobuyuki Tsujii)  .
Introducing "Nobuyuki Tsujii with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic" for (Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall) January 29 next year.
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii talked to AzumaChizuru, Peace Ayabe Yuji, Naoki Matayoshi in the studio.
There was mentioning of karaoke, Kiyoshi Hikawa, Gifu, figure skating  and Mao Asada.
Tickets for [Petrenko] performance by telephone reservation, Tokai TV Ticket Center.
But perhaps it was seen by enough people that matter - tickets for the "super classic concert" are now sold out on PIA -- for the first time since when they came on sale January.

July 5
There was a flood of tweets after the airing of footage from 2014 Olympic concert on NHK today.

オリンピックコンサート2014やってる。辻井伸行さんも出てたのか  Watching 2014 Olympic concert.  Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii just appeared.

辻井伸行氏のピアノ、素晴らしくて鳥肌たった!
Piano of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, Just wonderful.  Goose bumps!

辻井伸行さんもある意味アスリートだよなすごい  In a sense Nobuyuki Tsujii is also an athlete.

辻井伸行さんと真央ちゃんの対面はいつ実現するんだろう? When will Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii and Ms. Mao Asada appear face to face?

辻井伸行くんのラフマニノフ感動した The Rachmaninov of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii is impressive.

私 はクラシックとかさっぱりわかりませんが、辻井伸行さんのラフマニノフがめちゃくちゃ良くてじーんと涙ぐんでしまいました。なんでアンコールが起きないん だよー!ヽ(`Д´)ノプンプン  I do not understand classical music at all, but I ended up in tears for the Rachmaninov of Nobuyuki Tsujii. Why wasn't there an encore?

For more, please visit here: Nobuyuki Tsujii at Tokyo's 2014 Olympic Concert - June 6, 2014 .

July 1 
There is an interesting discussion on twitter about the high ticket price for Nobu's Japan Tour with Vasily Petrenko in 2015. 
辻井伸行withペトレンコ&ロイヤル・リヴァプール♬ 海外オケは軒並みチケット高め設定だけど今はときめくアーティストだからって英国の地方オケにしてはチケット代は高すぎない⁇ 一番安くて一万円って…辻井人気を使った悪徳商法ですよ‼︎ pic.twitter.com/r6fAj6kGjv
Nobuyuki Tsujii with Petrenko and Royal Liverpool Phil ♬ Tickets for overseas orchestras are generally high, but now ten thousand yen for the cheapest ticket⁇  This orchestra is a local orchestra of the United Kingdom ...The popularity of Mr. Tsujii is being abused.  It is a scam.
One commenter points out that the price tags exceed those for a performance featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen & Hilary Hahn
I might add that they are higher than a concert in October in the same series featuring Valery Gergiev & Daniel Trifonov.  
It is time to, once again, visit the fable of  the Goose that laid the Golden Eggs
June 26   The Nobuyuki Tsujii's Ravel/Chopin Premium Recital tour was kicked off in Hamamatsu, a great success.  Please visit this page for blog posts and tweets about the
This report was posted on the facebook page of 浜松市文化振興財団 Hamamatsu Foundation for Cultural Promotion as well as on its website 
Nobuyuki Tsujii piano recital was held in Act City Hall today. Tickets sold out on the first day. Customers of 1000 people were treated  to dynamic yet delicate playing of Tsujii. Encores are the "play of water"(Jeux d'eau)  by Ravel and Chopin op. 10 etude no. 1 in C major.  There was also short talk by Mr. Tsujii between the encores. (It seems he ate eel for lunch.)
Nobu at his first Ravel/Chopin recital in Hamamatsu, image via Internet link
June 26  The excellent "Nobuyuki Tsujii × Swiss Journey" documentary was aired on Fuji-BS.  See Photos from "Nobuyuki Tsujii × Swiss Journey" - June 28 Fuji TV Special

June 26

http://blog.emachi.co.jp/momo123123/diary_detail/00000932556/
2014-06-26 22:31
辻井 伸行さん よみうり大手町ホール
2014.5.26 辻井伸行さん
よみうり大手町ホール 《自作&クラシック》
とても楽しみにしていました。
なんといっても辻井さんのオリジナル曲が聴ける
リサイタルです。
今回も初めてのオリジナル曲も披露して下さいました。
日本とスイスとの国交樹立150周年にあたる記念リサイタルで演奏されて、
とてもうけがよかったとので、とのご紹介がありまして「スイスのヨーデル風の即興演奏」です。
客席からは大きな拍手で多いに盛り上がりました。
この反応に辻井さんも とても喜んでおられました。
もう一曲は、ラフマニノフの パガニーニの主題による
狂詩曲を辻井さんがアレンジされた曲でした。
それはそれは美しいピアノの調べでした。
この美しい旋律の世界に暫し浸っていたい、そんな気持ちでいっぱいでした。
この曲、「ラフマニノフ ある愛の調べ」で映画の
クライマックスでライラックの花と共に印象的に使用
されて、抒情的な美しいメロディで大好きな曲でした。
そして、この日のクラシック曲で一番印象に残った
のは「イゾルテの愛の死 」でした。
ショパン&リストの日本ツアーでも
拝聴していましたが、この日の演奏が
最も心を震わせられたように感じました。

image via Internet link
Yomiuri Hall Otemachi Nobuyuki Tsujii
2014.5.26 Nobuyuki Tsujii
"Classic and original music" Yomiuri  Otemachi Hall
I was looking for it very much.
In this recital it was possible to listen to the original music of Tsujii.  Kindly he showed off his original songs for the first time this time.
The recital falls on the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between Japan and Switzerland, and it was extra special that the inroduction says there will be "an improvisation imitating the Swiss yodel."
At the climax there were many big applause from the audience.
Mr. Tsujii seemed very pleased with  this reaction.
Another song was "On a Theme of Paganini" by Rachmaninov,
It was an arrangement by Mr. Tsujii  of the Rhapsody.
It was a beautiful piano study.
I want to be immersed in the world of this beautiful melody for a while,
I was filled with such a feeling.
This song was used in the movie "Song of Love in Rachmaninov" along with the impressive flowers of lilac in the climax.  It was a love song with a beautiful lyrical melody.
And, the classical song that I was most impressed with on this day was "death of love Isode".
I was at a performance of his Chopin & Liszt Japan tour
but I felt my heart trembling the most in today's performance.

June 23
Tweeted by Japan Grieg Society
ノル ウェーの総合情報誌StyleNORWAY MAGAZINEが届きました。特集は「グリーグの世界を、辻井伸行さんと語り合う」。記事には日本グリーグ協会も協力させていただきました。北欧に行っ てみたいという辻井さん。視覚障害があっても全身で北欧を感じとる力があるのでしょう。(E)
General information magazine Style NORWAY MAGAZINE of Norway arrived.
Special  feature " the world of Grieg, a talk with Nobuyuki Tsujii ".
Japan Grieg Association was allowed to cooperate for the article.
Mr. Tsujii  wants to go to Northern Europe. He would have the power to feel the Nordic in his whole body in spite his a visual impairment
[The magazine article can be read here:
http://www.stylenorway.com/contents/vol13/topic_01.html Cover photo of Nobu can be viewed here:  http://www.stylenorway.com/pic/index/vol13/pic.jpg]
image via Internet link

June 26
Two of Nobu's former professors will perform on June 26 a concert held to celebrate the 110th anniversay of the Ueno Gakuen 上野学園 (Ueno College) -- Nobu's alma mater. Kyoko Tabe and Yukio Yokoyama will perform Bartok's "Sonata for Piano and Percussion Duet" and Ravel's "La Valse". I wonder if there is any chance that Nobu would be asked to put in a guest appearance? Info here
June
In Japan, the July issue of the
FREE classical music magazine 「月刊 ぶらあぼ」 "Monthly Buraabo" features Nobu and Vasily Petrenko on the cover, with an informative article within, according to this blog post.
image via Internet link
June 6
Friday in Tokyo -- Nobu performed the last movement of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Olympics 2014 concert (facebook page), a celebration of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and a lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nobu's performance came at the end of the first half, and he was allowed to play a solo encore, La Campanella. Many enthusiastic tweets -- some mentioning an image of skater Mao Asada being projected on screen (while Nobu performed)
Many enthusiastic tweets and blog posts (This post is especially effusive). Nobu might have won the hearts of many in the audience who are otherwise not classical music fans. More here
A video of this concert is scheduled to be broadcast on July 5 Saturday 4:00 to 4:59 PM on NHK General TV http://www.harmonyjapan.com/joc2014/101
May 31
Saturday, Nobu appeared in the closing ceremony of Tokyo's National Stadium, performing "Fanfare for Tokyo Olympic " and Chopin's Heroic Polonaise.
Photos and comments collected here
Tokyo's National Stadium will close for renovations after this season - Nobu performed in its closing ceremoy on May 31.  Image via Internet link
Posted on Getty Images (where you can buy a copy of the photo) with caption: "Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii performs during the official farewell event for the national stadium in Tokyo on May 31, 2014. A new national stadium will be built for the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)"


May 26
Monday One week after a successful tour in Switzerland and Germany, Nobu was back in action today at 19:00.  He performed a  recital at Tokyo's  Yomiuri Otemachi Hall (501 seats).  In spite of a sketchy program (self-compositions, Liszt's "La Campanella" and Chopin's nocturne in C#minor are listed) and relatively high ticket price (8,800 Yen ~ 90USD), the concert was sold out in no time.
As usual, there were web postings to be found soon after Nobu's Tokyo performance, and it looks like Nobu has rested well in the week since he returned from Europe, and yet once again enthralled his audience.  I am filled with envy by what they heard - you will find below a  detailed eyewitness account by our friend Yuko.
Also in the audience was Mr. Ben McLannahan of the Financial Times, who posted this photo taken backstage -- Nobu looks well rested and happy! 
Mr. McLannahan wrote: "hanging backstage with the supernaturally talented pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii (and his mum) pic.twitter.com/lREKfsHA1X", and, in response to my tweet thanking him, he wrote: "it was a nice rambling programme, in keeping with the intimate setting. And Nobu was a superb host!"
image posted with tweet by Mr. Ben McLannahan @bmclannahan of the London Financial Times, shown here via Internet link
A big thanks to our friend Yuko for providing this excellent eyewitness account in Japanese - please excuse the rough English translation that I came up with.
1.川のささやき
トーク
2.スイスのヨーデルによる即興演奏
3.パガニーニの主題による狂詩曲より第18変奏(辻井伸行版)
トーク
4.神様のカルテ
5.はやぶさ
トーク
コルトナの朝
19:40-20;00 休憩
6.ショパン/ノクターン第20番遺作
7.ショパン/ノクターン第18番
8.ショパン/アンダンテ・スピアナートと華麗なる大ポロネーズ
9.リスト/イゾルデの愛の死
10.リスト/ラ・カンパネラ
アンコール
リスト/愛の夢
自作/それでも生きていく
ショパン/革命
前半の自作は、トークをしながら、とてもリラックスして演奏していることが伝わってきました。
2と3はスイスのコンサートのアンコールで弾いて、すごく気に入られたそうです。
3は、スイスのラフマニノフの別荘に行ったことから、アンコールで弾いたようです。
今日は、2の演奏の後に”ブラボー”が飛び、ノブ君とてもうれしそうでした。
3はもう、美しい!の一言。いつかまた聴きたい!
久しぶりに自作の代表曲を聴くことができました。... 自作の曲が心にやさしく響きました。
BSフジの特別番組の宣伝もして、観客の笑いをさそってました。
後半はショパン/リストツアーで聴いた曲です。ですが、去年より進化してました。
8、10は”ブラボー”が飛びました。とにかくすごかった。観客がノブ君の演奏に引き込まれ・・・
”手に汗にぎる演奏、すごい!”と言ってました。私はイゾルデが一番印象に残りました。
アンコールも定番と言えますが、完成度が高い。革命はスピードも表現も、今まで聴いたなかで一番良かった。
このホールの響きはすばらしい!…と言うか、ノブ君がホールの響きを生かし、かつその響きを
楽しんで演奏していた印象です。この次のラベル/ショパンがとても楽しみになりました。
1. Whisper of the river [self composition]
Talk
2. An impromptu inspired by the Swiss yodel
3. 18th Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Nobuyuki Tsujii version)
Talk
4. Kamisamanokarute [self composition]
5. Peregrine falcon [self composition]
Talk
Morning of Cortona [self composition]
19:40-20:00 Intermission
6. Chopin's No. 20 posthumous Nocturne
7. Chopin's No. 18 Nocturne
8. Chopin's spianato grande polonaise
9. Liszt's  Love Death of Isolde
10. Liszt's La Campanella
Encores
Liszt's  Liebestraum
Still we live on - Nobu's own
Chopin / revolution

The first half was original works.  He said in his talks to the audience that he plays to relax.
He really seemed to like playing the 2nd and 3rd tracks, which he played in concerts in Switzerland.  Playing the third track [Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini] was inspired by a visit to the villa of Rachmaninov in Switzerland, and he also played the piece for encore there.
Today, there were shouts of "Bravo" after the splash of the 2nd track [the Yodel].  Nobu was jubilant.  The third piece [Rhapsody] was too beautiful.  All I can say is that I want to hear it again someday!
I was able to hear the representative music of his own for the first time in a long time ... The music was soothing to the mind. 
And, when he talked to promote his upcoming BS Fuji special, he invited laughter from the audience.

The second half were tunes that I had already heard on his Chopin/Liszt tour.  But, his performance has evolved since last year.
"Bravo" came up after the 8th and 10th tracks.   It was amazing how the audience was drawn into the performance of Nobu ...
[My husband] said: "His playing is gripping,! Amazing".
I was most impressed with the Isolde.

It may be said that the encores were his classic, but the degree of completion was high.
The "Revolution" was played at great speed. It was the best among what I have heard.

And the sound of this great hall! ... Or rather, how Nobu made the best of the sound of the hall,
It gives the impression that he was enjoying the playing.  
I am now very much looking forward to the next Chopin album [I believe Yuko meant the next Liszt album -- which is what we heard Nobu has recorded recently while in Germany.]
[Yuko added that Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii  and Nobu's Manager Mr. Asano were seen in the hall.  Mrs. Tsujii was wearing a kimono.]

辻井伸行さんのピアノリサイタル、行って来ました♪ ステージ上の辻井さんとピアノ、神々しいまでの存在感。。。 圧倒的な優しさと強さと躍動感、聴いているとまるで宙に浮かんでジワジワと音が心と身体に染み込んでくる様で稀有な素晴らしい時間でした。I went to  piano recital of Nobuyuki Tsujii,  Piano and Tsujii on the stage, presence of the divine. . . Dynamism and strength and overwhelming kindness.  It was a great time; a rare sound that, note by note,  infused the body and mind; I felt as if I was floating in the air as I listened.  -tweet

ピアニスト辻井伸行さんのリサイタルわず。優しい曲は包み込まれる感じ、激しい曲は滝に打たれる感じ!ピアノすごい!!!新しい世界に触れた感じ( *`ω´) Recital of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.   Friendly songs gave a striking feel of  a waterfall, and intense and engrossing feeling.  Amazing piano! ! ! I felt as if I was in a new world.  -tweet

2014年05月26日
辻井 伸行さんリサイタル
実家を10時に出ました。
途中友人に会いゆっくりとサービスエリアで休憩をとりながら
東京に着いたのは午後4時です。

今日は大手町読売ホールで7時から辻井 さんのリサイタルがありますので
東京駅周辺と皇居前散策、イタリアンレストランで食事をして行きました。

読売ホールは今年3月にオープン、その記念式典の意味合いもあるようです。
会場は500席ほどのホールでマイクなしでのトークも入りました。
抽選でしたが15番目の席で辻井さんのお母さんも客席で見ていました。
確率は相当のものですがよく当たりましたね。
周囲の方はみな関係者のように見えます。

アンコールも入れて2時間ほどでしたが良かったです。
詳細は今回の旅行の写真と合わせて帰ってから書きます。

今夜は横浜の姉宅にお世話になります。
東京は雨です。
May 26, 2014
Recital of Nobuyuki Tsujii
we came out at 10:00 to head home.
While waiting during intermission we met many friends.
We arrived in Tokyo at 16:00.
Since the recital of Mr. Tsujii started at  7:00 at Otemachi Yomiuri Hall today, we explored the Imperial Palace and the area around the Tokyo Station, and went to eat at an Italian restaurant.
Yomiuri Hall  seems to have opened in March this year; there was a memorial ceremony
 The hall has about 500 seats, and [Nobu] talked without microphone.
It was a lottery out of 15 seats, but the mom of Tsujii was also seen in the audience . The probability was good, but I was lucky.  It seemed that people around us were all related.
It was about two hours including encores, but it was good.  I wil write more with photos after getting back.
Thank you for your help at my sister's house in Yokohama tonight.
Tokyo was rainly.


◆April 6
In a previous blog post by a family friend of Nobu, it was mentioned this
コンサート終了後のバックヤードではたくさん著名人もいらしてましたが、ドナルド・キーンさんに、お会いできたことには驚 きでした s
After the concert, there were many celebrities backstage.  It was a surprise to see Mr. Donald Keene among the greeters.
(Dr. Keene is "an American-born Japanese scholar, historian, teacher, writer and translator of Japanese literature. Keene is University Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at Columbia University, where he taught for over fifty years. Soon after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, he retired from Columbia, moved to Japan permanently, and acquired citizenship there", according to wikipedia.)
At the time, I wished that a photo of the greeting might be seen.  And today my wish came true, thanks to this  blogger
http://echigo-kakutayu.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2014-04-07-1
辻井伸行さんのピアノリサイタル(3月28日)
サントリーホールで辻伸行さんのピアノリサイタルがあり、キーン先生の友人と一緒に行きました。その前に森ビルのクラブハウスで食事をしてからサントリーホールへ向かいました。
曲目はショパンとリストでしたが、私たちは辻さんの演奏にすっかり魅了され尽くしました。この日は一連のコンサートの千秋楽とあってアンコールも大サービスでした。楽屋で挨拶もさせて頂き、素晴らしい記念になりました。
Piano recital of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii (March 28)
There is a piano recital of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsuji at Suntory Hall, I went with a friend of Keene teacher. I went to Suntory Hall and after a meal in the club house of Mori Building in front of it.
Music program was Chopin and Liszt,
We came out completely fascinated by the performance of  Mr. Tsujii
Encore was a great service on the final day of this tour.
There was also a greeting in the dressing room,
I had a wonderful memento.
image via Internet linkApril 5  To understand why Nobu is so beloved in Japan, you have to understand event like this.  Yesterday April 5 Saturday he made a surprise appearance in a extravaganza ceremony for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Takarazuka Revue 宝塚歌劇 ,  a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe that enjoys immense popularity. Nobu's grandmothers is said to be a fan. The theme of the gala was "violets". Nobu played an impromptu "violets bloom" and Liszt's "La Campanella". Long-time mentor Yutaka Sado also appeared. Tons of tweets came up about 4PM Japan time.   Scroll down to read some of them.

image via Internet link
Japan Economic News article 
宝塚歌劇団の100周年記念式典で演奏する辻井伸行さん=5日午後、兵庫県宝塚市の宝塚大劇場
Afternoon Nobuyuki Tsujii to play in the 100th anniversary celebration of the 5th = revue, Takarazuka Grand Theater in Takarazuka, Hyogo
image via Internet link

Takarazuka Revue marks 100th anniversary
An all-female musical theater group in Japan, the Takarazuka Revue, has marked its 100th anniversary with a commemorative performance.
About 2,000 people, including current and retired members, took part in Saturday's ceremony in the city of Takarazuka, western Japan.
The theater company gave its debut performance on April 1st in 1914. Women play all roles, including those of men, in western-style musicals.
Yoshihiro Nakagawa, the president of troupe operator Hankyu Railway, said the revue company wants to offer entertainment suited to the new age.
Renowned Japanese artists took part in the celebration.
Blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii improvised a piece associated with the theater company's signature song, "When The White Lilacs Bloom Again," which is originally a song from Europe.
The Takarazuka actresses also sang a song composed for the anniversary. Author Jakucho Setouchi wrote the lyrics and conductor Yutaka Sado wielded the baton for the performance.
Top stars from all 5 troupes that make up the theater company then combined to take part in a revue in a rare joint performance.
Former member Hitomi Kuroki, now a professional actress, said she is grateful to the Takarazuka Revue and will continue to support it.
Apr. 5, 2014 - Updated 17:00 UTC


祝演で辻井伸行さんがピアノ演奏されるそう pic.twitter.com/7vtXEPjpLM Nobuyuki Tsujii seems to be playing the piano in celebration  -tweet
shown via Internet link

【式典】第三場はなんと辻井伸行くんのピアノ演奏![Ceremony] Part 3: piano performance of Nobuyuki Tsujii-kun! -tweet

えぇ!!!!辻井伸行さんの演奏?!何の曲??聴きたすぎる。。Yeah! ! ! ! Performance of Nobuyuki Tsujii? ! What song? ? I want to listen.   -tweet

辻井伸行さんのスミレの即興曲が素晴らしくて Impromptu of violets by Nobuyuki Tsujii was wonderful. -tweet

辻井伸行さんの演奏を聴けただけでも大満足 (*´-`)  Just listened to the performance of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii - great satisfaction.  -tweet

東宝中継[記念式典]幕間
辻井伸行さんによる即興「スミレ」、リスト「ラ・カンパネラ」、中継組からも拍手が沸き起こるほど、胸に迫ってくる響き…呼吸も忘れそうになるのだけど、それすら心地良い素敵な演奏で。 おばあさまが宝塚ファンだそうで、辻井さんも今日の演奏を楽しみにされていたそう。
Toho Broadcast [ceremony] interlude
Improvisation by Nobuyuki Tsujii, "violet", Liszt's  "La Campanella".  Loud applause arose from the crowd.  The sound left a strong impression. I almost forgot to breathe.  A nice comfortable performance. It seems his grandmother is a Takarazuka fan. Tsujii likely had been looking forward to playing today.

式典すごすぎて言葉がありません(´・_・`)
最後にあった祝歌にとても感動しました!
辻井伸行さんの演奏があるとは思わず
またまた感動(;_;) pic.twitter.com/MAuuHLhslZ
There is no words; the ceremony was so awesome ('· _ · `)
I was very impressed  with the anthem at the end!
I didn't expect the performance of Nobuyuki Tsujii
Impressed once again
image via Internet link
100 周年式典豪華すぎる(*_*) 佐渡裕さん指揮に、辻井伸行さんの演奏♪宇宙からの中継って宝塚どんだけ豪華なの!! 何よりも司会がねねちゃんと蘭ちゃん☆もう何もかもが特別すぎる!!! 100周年のすごさを感じるわ・・ The centenary ceremony was such a luxury .  Under the direction Mr. Yutaka Sado,  Performance of Nobuyuki Tsujii.  Takarazuka Don's  relay from space! Ran-chan and Nene-chan moderators more than anything ☆ Everything was so very special !! I'll remember the greatness of the 100th anniversary ...

秋篠宮ご夫妻 瀬戸内寂聴さん 辻井伸行さん 佐渡裕さん が出席されたんですね!!!! 凄い豪華!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/VBuKliQ9wr
Prince Akishino and his wife   Setouchi's Jakucho   Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii   Mr. Yutaka Sado's were in attendance! ! ! !  Amazing gorgeous! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !  -tweet

【記念式典中継】辻井伸行さんのピアノが聴けるとは思っておらずさすが100周年!なゲストの顔ぶれに鳥肌。『すみれの花咲く頃』を即興曲で披露してくれましたが美しい旋律とダイナミックな指運びにただただ感動と驚きばかりでした
[Memorial ceremony relay] Who would have thought that we would be listening to Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii at the  100th anniversary?   Such was the guest lineip and the goose bumps lineup of guest such.  They should do a show off of the impromptu "When violets bloom" but it was  surprise and excitement just to see the finger movements and  to hear the dynamic beautiful melody.  -tweet

April 4
http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye2165984.html An  article about Nobu and others featured in approved school textbooks in Japan
小学教科書、全社が竹島・尖閣を記述
...
 そして、ピアニストの辻井伸行さん。世界の一線で活躍する著名人が、今回初めて小学校の教科書に登場することになりました。
 Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, a famous person playing an active part in clear distinction in the world,is appearing in a textbook for elementary school for the first time.
Approved new school textbooks in Japan, image via Internet link

March 7
This is big news in Japan, judging from the number of tweets about it.   It has been announced that Nobu, along with Japanese vocal group StarS, will make guest appearances at the "Olympics 2014" concert   to take place in Tokyo on June 6.   Nobu will perform the last movement of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto 2, which, according to this news article
(Thanks, Yuko, for spotting the article), "will surely  evoke again the excitement of the Sochi Olympics."  
公式サイト   公式 facebook
image via Internet link

March  2014
May J.誓いのキス~~♪  夏にオリジナルAlbum!(^^)! 第二弾カバーも待てないのにぃ 嬉しいから画像加工を... これがMayちゃんのオススメ~ avex×May J.×辻井伸行 ゼクシィ限定ウエディングBGM pic.twitter.com/HonCax9Jho
[May J. Kisses and vows
The Original Album in summer! (^ ^)!  Can't wait for second edition, with happy images on cover.   Recommended by Miss May.  Avex × May J. × Nobuyuki Tsujii Zexy limited Wedding BGM (Background music)]
Our friend Yuko wrote to share an image of the page that appears in the magazine, see below -- check out the handsome photos of Nobu.  She also lets us  know that there are two "songs" by Nobu that appear on a supplement CD that comes with the magazine.  The two "songs" are a rendition of "Some day my prince will come" and "今までありがとう (Thank you for now)" composed by Nobu. 
A big thanks to Yuko - I confess that I was not too thrilled about this news at first (some people prefer that Nobu stick with pure classical music), but Nobu's music melts my heart -- as usual. 
From Miyuki: the article says Nobu wrote the original song as a BGM (background music) for the scene where he reads a thank you letter for his parents at his own wedding.  [Uh-oh -- I fear that we will be losing our Nobu to some lucky future bride very soon!  :-) :-) ]
And that "今までありがとう (Thank you for now)" song by Nobu (to be used in his own wedding) ends with a simple and gentle rendition of the opening measure of Mendelssohn's Wedding March - sublime!
image via Internet link
March 5
http://pastaghetti.blog41.fc2.com/blog-entry-1460.html [blog of a 72-year old gentleman]
辻井伸行×東南アジア紀行
1月4日にBSフジで放送された「辻井伸行×東南アジア紀行 ~心を繋ぐメロディー~それでも、生きてゆく」の録画を今日見ました。これは彼が、シンガポール、台湾、ベトナムを演奏旅行した時の模様を伝えるものでした。
 演奏会の模様の他に、彼のプライベートの時間を密着レポートしたものですが、演奏会の時の真摯な感じと、自由な時間を楽しんでいる彼のお茶目で優しいな感じが、対照的で見て楽しく感動のドキュメンタリーでした。
 このツアーを通して彼は敬愛しているショパンの曲を、アジアの人々伝えたとの気持ちから、ショパン中心のプログラムで臨んだようです。
 台湾ではラジオ番組に出てインタビューに応じていましたが、彼が一番期待していたのが占いだそうで、日本語の出来る占い師に、恥ずかしそうに結婚について占ってもらっていました。
 優しい人が好きですと希望を述べていましたが、28~9歳ころに結婚すると言われ、大変な喜びようでした。因みに現在は、特定の交際をしている人はいませんと言う事でした。
 このツアーのハイライトはベトナムでした。彼はベトナムに尊敬するショパンの祖国ポーランドをだぶらせて感じているようでした。ともに長い間他国に支配され続けた事を共通点として見出していたのかも知れません。...
Nobuyuki Tsujii × Southeast Asia Journey
I saw today the recording "still melody-connecting Nobuyuki Tsujii × Southeast Asia Journey - heart, Yuku live" of which was broadcast on BS Fuji on January 4.  This was intended to convey the performances of histouring of Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam.
In addition to the concerts, there were close-up personal report  of his sincere feelings at the time of the concerts.  I felt tat he was enjoying his free time gently.  It was a fun documentary, inspiring to see for a change.  From the feeling shown on the faces of the Asian people during the performance of Chopin, the muisic of Chopin seems to be revered throughout the tour.
And we have an interview for a radio program in Taiwan, during which he was taken to a fortune-teller who speaks some Japanese.  He was asked what he looks forward the most.  And the gentle person that he is, he shyly asked about his fortune in marriage .
He was told that he would be married at 28-9 years old.   It was a great delight.  By the way, it says he is not dating anyone specifically...

March 4 This article appeared on Yomiuri Online:
辻井さん、ピアニスト4人競演に意気込み…新潟
国際的に活躍する辻井伸行さんら4人のピアニストが一堂に会する「THE PIANIST コンポーザーピアニスト・フェスティバル2014」(TeNYテレビ新潟主催、フジテック特別協賛)が8月28日、新潟市中央区の新潟市民芸術文化会館りゅーとぴあで開かれる。
 新潟県長岡市でコンサートを行うため1日に来県した辻井さんはインタビューに答え、「3組それぞれの世界が表現された今までにないコンサート」と意気込みを語った。
  公演は、辻井さんに加え、加古隆さんと、斎藤守也さん・圭土さん兄弟によるピアノデュオ「レ・フレール」の3組が出演する。辻井さんは、東日本大震災の復 興の思いを込めて作曲した「それでも、生きてゆく」や、高校生の時に川のせせらぎを聞いて作曲した「川のささやき」など、普段アンコールでしか披露しない 自作の曲を中心に演奏する。
 チケットの発売は5月24日から。料金はS席9000円、A席7000円、B席5000円。問い合わせは、TeNYチケット専用ダイヤル(025・281・8000)へ。
(2014年3月4日  読売新聞)
image via Internet lin
Photo caption: コンサートにかける思いを語る辻井さん(1日、長岡市で)  Mr. Tsujii shared his thought about his recital.
Mr. Tsujii, Four Pianists bring enthusiasm to ... Niigata
Internationally active pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will be one of four pianist to perform at "THE PIANIST" 2014 composer-pianist Festival on August 28 "(organized by Niigata TV TeNY and sponsored by Fujitec ), to be held in Niigata City Ryutopia Performing Arts Hall.
On March 1, Mr. Tsujii performed a concert in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, and answered questions in an interview,
He said the enthusiasm he received "at each of the three acts of the concert as unprecedented win the world."
For [the PIANIST] performances, in addition to Mr. Tsujii there will be
Takashi Kako, and the piano duo "Les Freres".  Mr. Tsujii will perform "Still we live" that he composed with thought of reconstruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as "Whisper of the River" which he composed while still in high school, a song that he does not usually play for encore.
Sale of tickets starts on May 24.  S seats at ¥ 9,000 S, A seats at ¥ 7,000 and B seats  at¥ 5,000 . Telephone sale exclusively from TeNY (025.281.8000).
Feb 27 
I doubt if too many people caught this, but Nobu appeared in a segment of the Nippon TV (NTV) very early morning News show "oha!4". The segment apparently showed footage of Nobu in New York while performing with the Orpheus.
There was a last-minute announcement on Nobu's own website:
日本テレビ
2月27日(木)一部地域を除く
「oha!4」特集コーナー

image via Internet link
January 31 2014

Nobu appeared on the News Zero TV program in Japan aired just before midnight - with footage of Nobu touring in the U.S.  There are short scenes of Nobu exercising in a gym, having fun in a Manhattan jazz club, rehearsing with the Orpheus and performing in the Kravis Center in Florida.
- see Nobuyuki Tsujii on News ZERO 2014 for still photos from the show as well as other information.

・放送日: 2014年1月31日(金)夜11:58~(日本テレビ系)
・番組名: 「NEWS ZERO」~ZERO SPECIAL WEEK~
       “辻井伸行 新たな挑戦。
        単身ニューヨークへ 世界最高峰の楽団と奏でる旋律”
http://www.ntv.co.jp/zero/week2014/
Posted on News Zero Facebook page
image via Internet link
今夜のスペシャルウィークはピアニスト辻井伸行さんの特集です。
生まれたときから目が不自由な辻井さん。
現在、世界が注目する指揮者のいないアメリカの楽団、オルフェウス室内管弦楽団とワールドツアーを行っています。
そして障がいや言葉の壁を越えて完成される、奇跡の演奏とは。
アメリカでの辻井さんの挑戦に密着しました。
Special Week of tonight's featured pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.
Blind since birth
Currently touring with the world renowned  American orchestra with no conductor, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Overcoming physical handicap as well as the barrier of linguistic languages to make miraculous performances.
We will look up close at how he deals with the challenge in the U.S.


January 1, 2014 The BS Asahi-TV aired a brand-new New Year special http://www.bs-asahi.co.jp/tsujii2014/ (with many excellent photos)
ドキュメンタリー・教養
奇跡のピアニスト辻井伸行 音楽の神様に導かれて(仮)
BS朝日 2014年01月01日 (水) 21:00 ~ 22:54
Asahi TV New Year special 2014 January 1 21:00 ~ 22:54, tentatively titled "Miracle Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, guided by the God of Music", to cover many of Nobu's concerts: an Osaka Tchai 1 performance in April with Yutaka Sado and the BBC Phil, a Tokyo performance of Grieg's concerto in September with Vladmir Ashkenazy and the OEK, and his Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall in November.  Also,  there will be a tribute to Van Cliburn.  Translation of detailed announcement of the show can be read here.
image via Internet link
The response to this show was instant and enthusiastic.  Hundreds of tweets have shown up about this show as of Japan time 1AM - I am working on a translation and will post a selection of them when ready - here is a photo posted by someone who watched the show.  Early word is that there is good footage of a Grieg concerto performance with Askenazy and of his Berlin recital, including Chopin's nocturne No.20 $sonata No.2, and Liszt's Faust Waltz. 
A collection of the postings, with translation, can be read here

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