Hong Kong Sinfonietta Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall One night only There was a bit of a mismatch between title and programme in the latest concert of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Why should nearly half a concert entitled 'The Beethoven-Brahms Connection I' (the 'II' will be held next Saturday) be taken up by a Prokofiev piano concerto? What was this 20th century Russian composer's connection with Beethoven and Brahms? The programme booklet did not explain. And the concert itself was similarly unbalanced: despite some moments of fine playing and the diligence and effort of the players. In Beethoven's Egmont Overture, British guest conductor Christopher Warren-Green roused the orchestra to give a dramatic performance. In the second half of the concert, however, he had to make do with a hard-working orchestra that was not up to the challenge of Braham's Symphony No3. The woodwinds were weak, the brass occasionally hoarse, and the strings sounded harsh as well. Nonetheless, the overall contour of the work was vividly brought out. Young Chinese soloist Mei-ting Sun performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No2 with virtuosity, precision, clarity and strength. Greater things could well be promised him in the future. Perhaps the same could be said of the Sinfonietta.