Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Noriko Ogawa City Hall Concert Hall Last night only The Hong Kong Sinfonietta offers attractive programmes and high-class soloists on a fraction of the budget of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. With professional management, the appointment of Yip Wing-sie as music director and solid audience support, the orchestra has improved immensely. Last night's concert opened with one of its own commissions: the world premiere of Reflections of the Mountain by local composer Lam Shun. Unexpectedly, this well-orchestrated, impressionistic work depicted a mountain range in Northern Iran. The rest of the concert was devoted to the music of Tchaikovsky. The soloist for Piano Concerto No1 in B-flat minor was Japanese artist Noriko Ogawa. Since winning third prize in the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition, her career has flourished. Her small frame belied the powerful rendition she gave of this technically-challenging work. After a dramatic opening, the rhapsodical, cadenza-like flights of fancy contrasted well, while the more contemplative second movement opened with a beautifully-phrased flute solo. The final movement was an exciting concoction of fire and dynamism, breadth and grandeur and the speed of Ogawa's double octaves was electrifying. The concert closed with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No2 in C minor, nicknamed the Little Russian because of the copious use of Russian folk tunes. It was enjoyable to hear an early symphony and this was a polished performance. This work provides an opportunity for the woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra to shine and we were not disappointed.