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Japanese musicians give earthquake benefit concert

Japanese musicians give earthquake benefit concert

Sapporo’s long-serving principal conductor Tadaaki Otaka, whom audiences here will know from his fine concerts and recordings with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, said: "It was an unforeseen and terrible disaster, from which all Japanese people are working extremely hard to recover. We, the musicians, wish to turn our London appearance into a charity concert in aid of the vital relief efforts in our country. Please join us and help Japan."

General Manager Toshio Miyazawa added: "We appeal to music lovers to support us in this; with deepest gratitude for their generosity, we will perform our very best." The programme mixes lamentation and fortitude with Takemitsu’s How Slow the Wind, Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with violinist Akiko Suwanai and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.

Watch Otaka conduct a Japanese orchestra in the catastrophic scherzo of Elgar's Second Symphony

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