Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, December 18, 2005.
From the first phrases of the J.S. Bach-Busoni chorale, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme it became apparent to this listener that Ms. Tanaka had come beautifully prepared for her recital. Her phrasing was natural; her basic tone pleasing and singing; and the contrapuntal lines were clear in texture.
In Josef Haydn's Sonata in Minor, Hob XVI:34 she showed stylistic pedigree by observing the first movement exposition repeat and, everything considered, came forth with lively, alert interpretation. The tempos of the respective three movements, whether Presto, Adagio, or Vivace molto, were on the money. I was particularly pleased with the rollicking Finale which captured the requisite swinging pulse without untoward hurrying or overdrive: In short, a model performance.
Her way with Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor, Op.57... she gave a technically clear reading; and made the great sonata structurally clear. And even rightfully observed the arduous repeat in the third movement.
After intermission, we heard a pleasant World Premier, Anthithese by Onishi; Samuel Barber's Ballade, Op.46; Ravel's Jeux d'eau: customery pair of Liszt's concert Etudes, Waldesrauschen and Gnomenreigen: and finally, Mili Balakirev's audacious Orientale Fantasy Islamey. The pianist met these diverse requirements with variable success. She seemed to be most comfortable in the lyrically inclined Barber, the shimmering Ravel work and the piece by Onishi. ...she played the notoriously splashy and famously terrifying Balakirev with unexpected poise and unflappability.
Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review, Spring 2006
"Keys to the Future" concert series at Renee Weiller Hall, NYC, March 27, 2008, 8pm.
The relay was, then, handed over to young pianist Yukiko Tanaka who played the delightful Arinushka Variations by Arvo Pärt, whose minimalist approach to piano music has inconsistent results. Luckily young Ms. Tanaka’s personal charm and soft touches brought out the optimism within the score to an overall satisfying result.
Alan Matalon, SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL CONCERT REVIEW