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Karin Kei Nagano - J.S.Bach Inventions and Sinfonias is KUCI 'Featured CD'

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Analekta is extremely proud to announce the release of the second album by young pianist Karin Kei Nagano, devoted to the Inventions and Sinfonias of Johann Sebastian Bach. This cycle of 30 short studies, composed as musical exercises for Bach's eldest son, went on to become an invaluable reference tool among students and a true source of inspiration for numerous musicians. The daughter of Maestro Kent Nagano and pianist Mari Kodama, Karin Kei Nagano looked, for this album, at the original version of the work, entitled Klavierbüchlein. That version – which starts with the key containing the fewest sharps and flats and whose complexity increases with each key change, creating as such a symmetric cycle of keys – seemed more fluid in the eyes of the musician.

Nagano's recording is a rite of passage, sort of a Ph.D dissertation. A child prodigy, Nagano, now 19, plays with assured focus and craft.   SEE ALL OF THIS WEEK's KUCI: IRVINE CA REVIEWS BY MD - HOBART TAYLOR