Premiere of "Samson and Delilah"
of Wroclaw Opera conducted by Chikara Imamura
International biblical story
Conductor Chikara Imamura instantly drew out a performance of high nobility
and full of dignity, and yet leading the orchestra.
Jacek Marczynski, Rzeczpospolira, 200-04-06
Samson and Delilah:Beautiful stagong by Znaniecki
The orchestra of the Wroclaw Opera, conducted by Chikara Imamura, a japanese conductor, accompanied the stage perfectly and
admirarbly with no weak point to criticize. He kept the sound of various
nuance, which differed from Donizetti, Verdi, and Bizet, but it was no
means inferior to them and performed a fantastic music.
Magdalena Talik, Kultura on-line, 2009-04-06
"Samson and Delilah" of the Wroclaw Opera:
Super costumes, lighting and music
Japanese conductor,Chikara Imamura, made a great success in the performance.
From the perfectly desinged score, he pictured the strange atmosphere and
the aspect of sensuality of musical language in Saint-Saens.
Magdalena Talik, Polska Gazets Wroclawskej 2009-04-07
Samson, Delilah and death
Chikara Imamura, a Japanese conductor conducted full of sensibility. Bravo,
Adam Domagaa, Gazela Wyborcza, 2009-04-06
"Samson and Delilah" come back
Chikara Imamura directed and conducted with extraordinary expressions of
Antonina Gruszecka, Dziennik Teatralny, 2009-04-07
Kritik in Deutschland
*Dass sich am Ende des attraktiven Werks der ganze Saal im Quasi-Schwebezustand
befand, ist auch der Authentizitat des japanischen Gastdirigenten Chikara
Imamura zu verdanken, der insgesamt einen guten Eindruck hinterlieβ.
Stader Tageblatt, 11.04.2005
*Das sechste der “Internationalen Sinfoniekonzerte” wurde diesmal von der
intenational renomierten “Sinfonia Varsovia”. Nach den Erfahrungen, die
man in Oberhausen mit den verschiedenesten polnischen Ensembles gemacht
hat, scheint das allein schon ein hohes Niveau zu garantieren.
Wenn dann noch ein Solo-Cellist wie Adrian Brendel, der Sohn des groβen
Pianisten, dazukommen, und das Ganze unter der Leitung eines ispirierten
Dirigenten von fast besessener Intensitat wie Chikara Imamura steht, ist
die kunstlerische Qualitat kaum noch zu ubertreffen.
Neue Rhein Zeitung, 12.04.2005
*Affinitat von Chikara Imamura war wohl zu Beethoven am groβten. Mit Ravels
“La Vals” entfaltete Imamura die Farbiglkeit des Orchesters, baute er eine
dynamische Steigerung auf. Hier uberzeugte er das Publikum.
Ostsee Zeitung, 18. 05.1993
Review in Netherland
*Madama Butterfly: “The Japanese conductor Chikara Imamura knows the facts
as well. In short, this “Madama Butterfly” won’t disappoint anyone. “ Haagsche
Reviews in Poland
*I, myself have never heard this first movement played so completely "finished"
catching the heart of everyone in the audience. I don't think you will
find anything like this among hundreds of recorded performances by great
maestros who earned fame in the 20th century.
Trybuna Lodzka, 14. 03. 2000
*Lalo/ Hindemith - Silesian Philharmonic
“For a long time, I have not heard Orchestra Filharmonia Sloska play with
so much maturity and with such emotionally expressive interpretation. Imamura's
current visit to Poland did not disappoint his fans. In Lalo's "Symphonie
Espagnole", Orchestra Sloska became a group of wonderful co-performing
artist under Imamura's baton. The performances of the orchestra members
featured their precision, pure intonation and their capability to play
consistent phrases. The confident, cool and minute movements of the conductor
aroused artistic imagination and inspiration, as he took in every details,
even the smallest notes, of score. Thus, their performance made the audience
realize that Lalo's Symphony is a first-class masterpiece, impressing them
with many unforgettable things. (…) In his interpretation, Imamura grasped
the forms expansively and guided the orchestra to the climax in a perfect
way, paying special attention to depict the music in rich colors while
allowing individual instruments to fully exhibit their parts. The performance,
which was full of inspiration, flawless techniques, passion and dynamism,
incorporated every note on the score and the complex polyphonic structure
as well as fragments of old German folklore. The accurate interpretation
of Hindemith's piece, like this one, will surely be remembered by the audience.
The Friday's concert established a proof that a splendid conductor can
transform any symphonic orchestra into a meister-like group and can satisfy
the audience as well as the orchestra members."
Ruch Muzyczny, Bogumila Mika, 09. 01. 2000
*The Violin concerto by Szymanowski conducted by Chikara Imamura is considered
the best performance played in recent years. This young Japanese conductor
showed his sensivity to the richness in color of the tone…
Ruch Muzyczny, Josef Kanski, January 1984
Review in Finnland
*It was very clear that Chikara Imamura, a very capable conductor, has a
full understanding of the message of Mahler.
Uusi Suomi, 1989
Review in Denmark
*Chikara Imamura has recently made a future-promising debut of his excellent
musicality. Each part of the orchestra was released in full power, Maestro
Imamura gave very clear signs to the orchestra, connecting each part very
smoothly. It was a glowing performance of Beethoven by the Japanese conductor.
Review in Japan
*He has a large repertoire varying from Haydn to contemporary music, and
has a deep understanding for different kinds of works and also the technique
to express it with accuracy. His style could be simply expressed as the
“elegant flow” of music, but there is no lukewarmness at all. He played
Haydn with perfect gracefulness and Lutoslawski at a high level of intensity.
That was one of the unforgettable events of this year.