The Four Seasons Hong Kong Sinfonietta Friday City Hall Concert Hall There is no better way to show leadership than leading a universally beloved piece like Vivaldi's Four Seasons. James Cuddeford, the new concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, showed convincingly he was the man for the job by playing exquisitely the enchanting tunes on his 1769 Nicolo Gagliano violin while directing his fellow musicians. The former Australian String Quartet violinist generated fine chamber music quality, reflected in the natural flow and robust ensembleship of the five string sections. The chirruping bird calls in 'Spring', scorching heat in 'Summer', vigorous hunting in 'Autumn' and cosiness of 'Winter' were sumptuously expressed in the music. Original ornamentations were observed in solo passages, delighting the full-house audience with the early music feel. Some might find the viola too soft in depicting dog barks in the Largo of 'Spring'. The harpsichord, too, was hardly audible. Four rounds of rapturous applause were awarded, with a rare encore of George Enescu's Impressions from Childhood for solo violin. The upbeat strings continued to shine in Beethoven's Sixth Symphony in the second half under the baton of guest conductor Luke Dollman. The young Australian maestro produced a lyrical reading of the masterpiece. With just three double basses, the orchestra at times failed to deliver the right volume, especially in the 'Thunderstorm' and the subsequent 'Thanksgiving'. But the City Hall's warm acoustics and the Sinfonietta's sheer joy in music making offset the deficit.