Duel (with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra) Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: November 5 Judging from the full house, the insistent applause for encores and the queue for autographs after the concert, Duel scored a success in their first Hong Kong performance. With their good looks and popular tunes, Greg Scott and Craig Owen - twentysomething violinists from Manchester - probably attracted many listeners who otherwise might not be that curious about classical music. The evening was entertaining enough, with a programme of popular pieces, most arranged for orchestra and violin duo by Peter Tomasso. Scott (right) showed fluent bowing and a silvery tone and had a fine rapport with Owen (far right) - but intonation was far from perfect, subtlety was often lacking, and the two seemed to have played through an amplifier for part of the concert. They first appeared on stage giving a shaky delivery of the first movement of Bach's two violin concertos, but picked up much lyricism in the next, and dynamism in the final movement. Then followed, after an interval, Camille Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre, Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dance No5, Ryuichi Sakamoto's Theme from Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Owen's Song for Hong Kong (which didn't appear to shine with a great melody) and other popular tunes. There was even rudimentary colour lighting to go with each piece. The concert ended with tangos by Rodriguez, Gardel and Piazzolla - and it has to be said that Duel couldn't muster the fire, passion and sensuousness of top tango music performances. Harmen Cnossen conducted the Philharmonic, which played a few works on their own.