Eternal Longing

Yukiko Hasegawa

TTK 0053

Eternal Longing (‘unendliche Sehnsucht’) is the presumed longing for something sacred, something truly beautiful and deeply satisfying. A feeling which accompanies us throughout our lives and makes it impossible for people to remain happy for long. It haunts us and drives us, makes us want to get involved in beautiful artworks and go see wonderful landscapes. It searches for a deeper understanding of life and our part in the infinites of existence and time. It also is the reason why I play the piano.

(2 customer reviews)

Choose your desired format. Not sure which?

  • 96/24
  • 192/24
  • DXD 24bit
  • DXD 32bit
  • DSD64
  • DSD128
  • DSD256
  • Stereo
  • 5.1
Clear

About the album

In front of you lies Eternal Longing, Yukiko Hasegawa’s debut album. The title was chosen while Yukiko was reading E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Kreisleriana. Or rather, she was struck by the term as it resonated with her on a deep level.

Yukiko explains: “Eternal Longing (‘unendliche Sehnsucht’) is the presumed longing for something sacred, something truly beautiful and deeply satisfying. A feeling which accompanies us throughout our lives and makes it impossible for people to remain happy for long. It haunts us and drives us, makes us want to get involved in beautiful artworks and go see wonderful landscapes. It searches for a deeper understanding of life and our part in the infinites of existence and time. It also is the reason why I play the piano.”

It is also the reason why Yukiko, for as long as she knows, feels attracted to certain music, certain composers that explore this feeling in deep ways, like Bach, Mozart, and the composers on this album.

Before Yukiko was able to present the works on this album, she had walked a long path starting in Hamamatsu in Japan, where she grew up. She enjoyed piano lessons from the age of four, and soon decided to follow a career in music. After high school, Yukiko continued her piano studies in Tokyo. Studying music means to be submerged in an international world characterized by a very competitive spirit, where the accent lies on rivalry and virtuosity. Yukiko says: “Often people were trying to play quicker and quicker, and sometimes also louder. For me, playing the piano was for other reasons, and at times I felt even alienated for studying piano.” It was also in Tokyo that Yukiko met her later teacher Willem Brons. Yukiko: “I remember very well that Willem Brons came to Tokyo to give lectures and masterclasses. He spoke in such a very inspired way of the deeper layers in music, that it made me want to come to the Netherlands to study with him. I auditioned and applied for a scholarship with the International Rotary Foundation, and luckily I got accepted.”

“In Amsterdam,” Yukiko continues, “I felt I had to start all over. It wasn’t easy, but I did have such a wonderful time.” She graduated for a Master of Music with the piano, and received a Bachelor’s degree in fortepiano. The latter study provided her with knowledge of authentic performance practices and a broader understanding of the repertoire of the 18th and 19th century. “And I like the sound of the fortepiano,” Yukiko explains, “Sometimes it may come across as from a dream and awakens a certain melancholy.” She laughs: “I guess I’m just a romantic soul!”

Yukiko added: “When I studied fortepiano at the Amsterdam Conservatory, we – with a group of students – went to the gallery of Chris Maene, a piano and fortepiano builder. There, I played on Chris Maene’s Walter model (a replica of a Walter fortepiano). When I heard about the Straight Strung instruments I was very excited and had no doubt that it would sound wonderful. It was a huge wish for me to play and record the repertoire of this album on that instrument, thanks to its many possibilities in sound. Thanks to YPMA-Maene Gallery Alkmaar, my dream could come true!”

Tracklist

  1. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo Ludwig van Beethoven 06:53
  2. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto Ludwig van Beethoven 02:24
  3. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo Ludwig van Beethoven 11:06
  4. Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21: I. Prélude. Moderato César Franck 05:06
  5. Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21: II. Choral. Poco più lento - Poco allegro César Franck 06:54
  6. Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21: III. Fugue. Tempo I César Franck 07:46
  7. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: I. Äußerst bewegt Robert Schumann 03:04
  8. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch Robert Schumann 09:47
  9. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: III. Sehr aufgeregt Robert Schumann 05:35
  10. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: IV. Sehr langsam Robert Schumann 04:03
  11. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: V. Sehr lebhaft Robert Schumann 03:28
  12. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VI. Sehr langsam Robert Schumann 04:13
  13. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VII. Sehr rasch Robert Schumann 02:24
  14. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VIII. Schnell und spielend Robert Schumann 03:39

click to play/pause

Artist(s)

Yukiko Hasegawa

Composer(s)

César Franck
Ludwig van Beethoven
Robert Schumann

Genre(s)

Classical – Classical (1750 – 1830)
Classical – Romantic (1830 – 1920)

Label

TRPTK

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording date(s)

17 – 19 December 2019

Recording location

Maene-Ypma
Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

  1. Anthon Hintzen

    Very elegant album.

    Try the DXD 32 bit version and you’ll love it

  2. Jerome Visser

    The DXD 32 bit recording sound very natural
    Especially the Kreisleriana is very nice!

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

SKU: TTK 0053 Category:
Updating…
  • No products in the cart.