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“Mari Kodama obviously knows her Beethoven, and her readings are filled with superb technique and tons of emotion... the sound here is absolutely glorious... Very highly recommended!“   - CD: Beethoven Piano Sonatas, AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, October 24, 2014

“The approach is, as in the previous volumes, fine, rigorous and even, almost Brendelian with certainly, less digital magic than Bendel or Gulda.“   - CD: Beethoven Piano Sonatas, LE DEVOIR, September 27, 2013

"The program concluded with the serious but dazzlingly difficult St. Francis de Paule Walking on the Water, after which the audience immediately broke into applause and jumped to their feet to recognize the skill, musicality, warmth, grace and dignity of Ms Kodama."   - Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt recital review, THE BARRIE EXAMINER, April 18, 2012

"Kodama is widely experienced and her performances of sonatas she calls 'lyrical islands' are graceful, fluent and musically transparent. Everything proceeds in a faultless flow of sound..."   - CD Review, Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 6 of Complete Cycle on Pentatone, Gramophone, March 1, 2011

"When the performances are as stylish and idiomatic as these are, the only conclusion possible is that Kodama (who is also currently engaged in recording the composer's sonatas) may well emerge as a formidable especially rhapsodic and improvisational reading at once musical, virtuosic, and thrilling."   - CD, Beethoven Cti. 1 and 2, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano, Fanfare Magazine, January 1, 2010

"She produced a fine performance, pearly in tone but somehow assertive, notably in the cadenzas, despite the leisurely tempos and ubiquitous rhetoric of elegance."   - Mozart Concerto No. 27, K.595, Montreal Symphony w/Bernhard Klee, The Montreal Gazette, October 29, 2009

"Some pianists seem to have been born to play Beethoven. While I'm sure it's no mystery but a matter of temperament, I can say that Mari Kodama, a native of Osaka, Japan, is truly one of the Beethoven breed. She has the tools, as well as the inclination, needed to interpret this composer: a well-centered, beautiful tone, a love of the full range of keyboard colors, and a sensitivity to distinctions in rhythm both great and subtle."   - CD Review, Beethoven Sonatas on Pentatone, Audiophile Audition, February 1, 2009

"Ms. Kodama brings a canny, graceful style to these early--though iconoclastic--works of Beethoven, a graded, assiduous sense of rhythm and tempered dynamics. Suave, even feline, progressions mark her applications of color...a Beethoven acolyte of intense, intellectual and digital power."   - CD Review, Beethoven Sonatas on Pentatone, Audiophile Audition, December 23, 2008