Two reviewers recommended Mari Kodama’s New Paths as special choice of the month.
“Kodama’s mature performance shows her sensitive touch and phrasing. Her refined phrasing and colourful sound are very pleasant. For Brahms’ Theme and Variations, Op.18b, Kodama’s interpretation of the theme makes listeners feel a tingle of anticipation and it is very touching.” – Tsutomu Nasuda
“Kodama demonstrates Brahms’ Piano Sonata No.1’s sharp energy through her strong attack and accent. She expresses Brahms’ emotion at his young age through her colourful sound and articulation. For Brahms’ Theme and Variations, Op.18b, her expression is deeply profound.” – Jiro Kusano