...The shift from musical to operetta has been masterfully achieved at Schloss Kittsee. Joji Hattori leads the Capella Istropolitana Orchestra and the Kittsee Festival Chorus with a great sense of operetta, taste and tempo, confirming that Hattori can be highly recommended as a conductor of not only opera but also of operetta...
...It is sometimes interesting to take a look at not only the highlights but also at the so-called “repertoire” of the State Opera season. One such example was the 89th performance of Marco Arturo Marelli´s magically colourful and extremely humorous production of the “Magic Flute” which marked the State Opera debut of the Japanese conductor Joji Hattori. The prize-winning violinist has already shown his affinity with Mozart in Vienna through his work with the Wiener Kammeroper. In this production, [...]
...A combination of grace and devotion ensured that the seventh Symphony Concert of the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra was enthusiastically received by the public.(...) One can only find good things to say about the performance of Gioachino Rossini´s Strabat Mater, a piece in several movements with a hint of the operatic but a weak denouement. The orchestra played enthusiastically under a highly engaged Joji Hattori, with exemplary instrumental flair being demonstrated by, amongst others, sensitive horns, full-bodied strings and a [...]
...The Philharmonia is regarded as one of the world's great orchestras and arguably this country's finest. This was evidenced in the richness of tone in the first few bars played. Throughout, Japanese conductor Joji Hattori drew from his forces disciplined playing with strict observance of dynamics and tempi. Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville opened the evening. He simply took this one "off the shelf" and substituted it. It has been a great favourite ever since. Hattori took [...]
...Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 with the Pathetique sombre opening (yes, the Philharmonia can do this too) showed the orchestra's melodic heart was on its sleeve and with fluid, energetic conducting - sometimes just a shrug of the shoulders - there was an exciting build-up to the third movement's march with string strength and bright brass inducing premature applause. But this happiness returned to the darker mood as they wrung out the emotion and one could sense them breathing the [...]
...From the very first notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 in a major the scene was set and the excitement began. Under the firm director of Joji Hattori, the first movement positively bounded along enthralling the packed Cathedral audience. The second movement allegretto in a minor key was taken at a slower pace producing a majestic and haunting interlude in this otherwise fast moving symphony. Returning to a major key, the orchestra leapt into a much faster speed for [...]
Supple Music-Making by the Conductor Joji Hattori ...Sometimes we encounter a staging which "defies expectation" in the positive sense. On such occasion, there are new discoveries in the performed work as well as the performers. The production of Zazà at the Pit Theatre of the New National Theatre, Tokyo, revealed the theatrical talent of Leoncavallo, generally known as the composer of Pagliacci, who vividly depicted the life and love of the people involved in the stage, and furthermore, Joji [...]
...Finally! After a long period the Kammeroper in Vienna managed to put on a production which fulfils its purpose to present new talent. In "La Finta Giardiniera", an early work by Mozart, a really solid and convincing project has been created; its success was primarily due to the conductor Joji Hattori. […] The conductor Joji Hattori, who has entered the world of musical theatre with this production, demonstrated Mozart's mastery of the musical characterization in this work with all [...]