Classical Music

Book review: 'Bel Canto Bully' by Philip Eisenbeiss

Book review: 'Bel Canto Bully' by Philip Eisenbeiss

Hong Kong author and opera fanatic Philip Eisenbeiss' refreshing take on 18th-century Italian impresario Domenico Barbaja tells of how the wheeler-dealers 200 years ago, as they do now, played a crucial part in shaping music history.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 7:00pm

Review: Sinfonietta ensemble

Stefan Temmingh

The Sinfonietta's associate conductor Jason Lai directed this disparate but enjoyable four-item programme, except during Vivaldi's Recorder Concerto, when soloist Stefan Temmingh held sway - literally.

21 May 2013 - 10:13am

Jing Wang leads Hong Kong Philharmonic

Jing Wang is leaving the Dallas Opera for Hong Kong. Photo: HKPO

Ahead of the launch of its 2013/14 season this Friday, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its new concertmaster, Jing Wang, a 28-year old Canadian-Chinese, to succeed incumbent concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich, whose 18-month contract will come to an end this summer.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:25am

When the music's over

Li Xincao, principal conductor of China National Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Xinhua

When top mainland conductor Li Xincao made his debut in Hong Kong in 2000, he was “cautiously optimistic” about the future of Western classical music in China. At the time, he reckoned the most pressing issue was funding.

25 Mar 2013 - 10:56am

Jaap van Zweden puts fresh manpower into Mahler

Jaap van Zweden. Photo: Warton Li

The Mahler work alluded to in this concert's title was his Symphony No 1, Titan. There's some logic to being non-specific. Many posit that when you've heard one Mahler symphony you've heard them all. To wit: a recurrent interchange of artlessness, Austrian folk-song, chorales, wonderment in nature and a morbid obsession with death.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Opera singer Shenyang promotes Western classical music on mainland

Shenyang feels a "duty to be a good singer". Photo: May Tse

After being discovered in 2007 by opera singer Renee Fleming, winning the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World award and debuting at New York's Metropolitan Opera that same year, bass-baritone superstar Shenyang has set his sights on promoting classical music on the mainland.

20 Jan 2013 - 3:50am

Chinese zodiac-inspired concert series

Violinist Haylie Ecker (far left) and Andrea Fessler of Premiere Performances. Photo: Paul Yeung

PLAY!, the aptly named chamber music series for primary and middle-school children, got off to a great start last year with a debut concert led by pianist Alpin Hong. Titled Transformers: More Than Meets the Ear, the sell-out performance showed how classical music can be accessible and fun for youngsters.

13 Jan 2013 - 3:49pm

Soloist captured Ravel's gypsy mood with style

Igor Yuzefovich. Photo: Cheung Chi-wai & Keith Hiro

In terms of the overall quality of instrumental sound, this concert got the thumbs up. The HK Phil players were impressive throughout the ranks, particularly concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich who stepped up as soloist in Chausson's Poème and Ravel's gypsy-rooted Tzigane.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:21pm

Scored for success

Scored for success

Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony, is relishing the idea of returning to Asia for many reasons, and not all of them are necessarily musical.

4 Nov 2012 - 9:40am

Season Finale - A Feast of Masterworks

Lawrence Foster conducts Turkish pianist Huseyin Sermet (left) and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra performing Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme Enigma. Jul 6-7, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120-HK$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Gustavo Dudamel conducts

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Beethoven 3 DG

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Performance hits the wrong note in subtlety

Hong Kong Sinfonietta City Hall Concert Hall June 2

The Hong Kong Sinfonietta's line-up this season features five Mozart piano concertos (Nos 20 to 24) and all four Brahms symphonies, forming a recurrent strain with the promise of something special to come.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Son Yeol-eum Plays Mozart

Jason Lai conducts Korean pianist Son (left) and the HK Sinfonietta performing Arvo Part's Fratres, Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 and Brahms' Symphony No 4 in E Minor. Jun 2, 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$140-HK$300 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2836 3336

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Waves of pleasure with ondes Martenot

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong City Hall May 22

They say people who are old enough still remember where they were during those crucial moments of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. I'll bet listeners similarly recall their first encounter with the ondes Martenot, that ingenious cross between an electric organ and a theremin.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ray Chen Plays Bruch

Perry So Pak-hin conducts violinist Ray Chen (left) and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra performing works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Bruch and Sibelius. May 11-12, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120-HK$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030

11 May 2012 - 12:00am