Japan tour of 1996. "NHK Symphony Orchestra, 70th Anniversary Special Concert" The leaflet (left) and the program (right).
from NHK-TV VHS (NTSC)
20 December (FRI) 19:00 - Tokyo/NHK Hall
21 December (SAT) 15:00 - Tokyo/NHK Hall
from NHK-TV VHS (NTSC)
1. Ravel Alborada del Gracioso
2. Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
--- Interval ---
3. Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Op.14
Charles Dutoit/NHK Symphony Orchestra
Recording Date: 21 December, 1996 (live)
Recording Place: NHK Hall, Tokyo
Recording: NHK. TV was broadcasted on 1996 NHK-3ch: "NHK Symphony hour" Broadcasting: 2
NHK-BS2: Broadcasting: 1 to 3 (complete telecasting version)
* The interview by Annie Dutoit (the music journalist/the daughter of Argerich and Dutoit) was also telecasted by NHK-3ch: "NHK Symphony hour". (recording date: 22 December, 1996)
from NHK-3ch "NHK Symphony hour" VHS (NTSC)
Summary: Argerich was scheduled to do a joint concert with Dutoit when they
arrived in 1974. But because they had a fight, she cancelled the event and went
home. Later they officially divorced so the event seemed like a distant event
for the Japanese audience. Their long wait was finally ended when NHK Symphony
Orchestra invited both Argerich and Dutoit to do a special joint concert
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Orchestra. This was the
first performance by Argerich with NHK Symphony Orchestra, and of course, her
first joint performance with Dutoit in Japan. This memorable event was even more
meaningful because Dutoit was also functioning as NHK Symphony's Music Director.
Annie Dutoit, a music journalist and daughter of Argerich and Dutoit, also made
her Japanese debut by conducting an interview with Dutoit for NHK's
program "Stage Door". And it is also interesting to note that
Argerich noticed her pregnancy (baby was Annie) when she just arrived for the
first time in Japan in 1970. A lot of first time events for the family members
! The interview went on to disclose various episodes including how Dutoit
and Argerich first met, about their first joint concert in January of 1958
(Ravel Piano Concerto/Argerich was the first soloist for Dutoit).
At the hotel after the concert (21 December).
Dressed in Kimono, a gift from a Japanese fan. © Yu K.