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The Japanese percussionist turns to the cello suites and violin sonatas of J.S. Bach for her fourth studio recording with Linn. Arranged for solo marimba, Kuniko gives a unique perspective of these hugely famous and intellectually challenging works. Kuniko’s trademark is her highly sensitive touch, particularly with wooden instruments such as marimba, which gives these interpretations an extremely stripped-down yet natural, organic feel. Kuniko won praise for her performance of Bach’s G minor violin sonata at Leigh Howard Steven’s International Marimba Competition in 1995, particularly for her lack of marimba rolls in the adagio. Throughout her 2016 series of concerts (‘Reich at 80’ and ‘Bach To Contemporary Music’) Kuniko has performed works from the new album giving fans worldwide a chance to hear these works live. This is an exciting new take on these perpetually popular works. Kuniko is a soloist who is recognized around the world for her astonishing virtuosity, exquisite musical insight and expressive yet elegant performance style. She is renowned for her flawless technique when playing both keyboard and percussion instruments, which blends seamlessly with her profound musical intelligence. Kuniko’s debut kuniko plays reich was acclaimed by the media becoming Linn’s bestselling album of 2011, whilst cantus entered the Top 10 of the Official UK Specialist Classical Chart and Xenakis: IX was nominated at Japan’s Record Academy Awards. 

"…this thoroughly engaging, fastidiously produced recording casts the marimba in an entirely new light."
International Record Review
"Kuniko Kato makes stunning music from the simplest of instruments, stretching their sonorities to heights never previously heard on record."
Facts & Arts
"As if the works are for marimba."
Mostly Classic
"An excellent performance which lets us hear the chords inherent in Bach's unaccompanied works."
Audio Accessory
"Counterpoint that clearly floats and beautiful harmony that blends."
Record Geijutsu
"Kuniko's voluptuous marimba...cloaks the music in an all-consuming glow...The sheer technical elan she brings to the violin fugues, however, is jaw-dropping..."
BBC Music Magazine, October 2017
"That relaxed, effortless flow of sound is enticing..."
Gramophone, October 2017
"Kuniko’s enormous insight into Bach and her own limitless inventiveness make for muscular, exhilaratingly voiced and contrapuntally lucid performances..."
The Whole Note, 29 August 2017
"5* - A deeply felt and perfectly realized expression of Bach solo works on marimba"
Audiophile Audition, 9 August 2017
"CD Hotlist: As always, her playing is masterful—not only her sheer technique, but also her emotional investment..."
Baker & Taylor, 8 August 2017
"5* - Kuniko's performances are a mathematical and physical wonders, revealing Bach as never before in all his fecund possibility."
All About Jazz, 15 July 2017
"An excellent performance which lets us hear the chords inherent in Bach's unaccompanied works."
Audio Accessory, 1 July 2017