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Star mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato dazzles in evening of Baroque arias and instrumental music

From a sublime Dido’s Lament to a jubilant closing Handel aria, the American singer showed the full range of her singing; she was ably accompanied by period instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

18 Jan 2019 - 8:01PM
Star mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato dazzles in evening of Baroque arias and instrumental music

From a sublime Dido’s Lament to a jubilant closing Handel aria, the American singer showed the full range of her singing; she was ably accompanied by period instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

Love for Western classical music continues to rise in China

Number of professional symphony orchestras on the mainland has grown well beyond 80

12 Jan 2019 - 1:27PM
Love for Western classical music continues to rise in China

Number of professional symphony orchestras on the mainland has grown well beyond 80

A year of sustained high notes for classical music in Hong Kong

The HK Phil went from strength to strength in 2018, while the programming of city’s other leading orchestras brought diversity – a touchstone of Yip Wing-sie’s tenure at the Sinfonietta, which is to end in 2020, we learned.

28 Dec 2018 - 6:03PM
A year of sustained high notes for classical music in Hong Kong

The HK Phil went from strength to strength in 2018, while the programming of city’s other leading orchestras brought diversity – a touchstone of Yip Wing-sie’s tenure at the Sinfonietta, which is to end in 2020, we learned.

Review | Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin excels in evening of Liszt and Richard Strauss with Hong Kong Philharmonic

Soloist mixes power, virtuosity and incredible lightness of touch in performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1; orchestra shines in Also Sprach Zarathustra, with brass and concertmaster’s contributions especially noteworthy.

6 Dec 2018 - 5:47PM
Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin excels in evening of Liszt and Richard Strauss with Hong Kong Philharmonic

Soloist mixes power, virtuosity and incredible lightness of touch in performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1; orchestra shines in Also Sprach Zarathustra, with brass and concertmaster’s contributions especially noteworthy.

Review | Magical, masterful Mahler from five-star Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden

From its perfectly paced opening to its final coda, this performance of composer’s Symphony No. 7 was one of sustained intensity.

19 Nov 2018 - 8:23PM
Magical, masterful Mahler from five-star Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden

From its perfectly paced opening to its final coda, this performance of composer’s Symphony No. 7 was one of sustained intensity.

Review | Vivaldi Unmasked: delightful, theatrical concert of music by the Venetian composer

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s costumed evocation of Vivaldi’s Venice was well conceived and executed; vocal and instrumental soloists shone in a 70-minute medley from composer’s vast oeuvre. 

12 Nov 2018 - 6:01PM
Vivaldi Unmasked: delightful, theatrical concert of music by the Venetian composer

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s costumed evocation of Vivaldi’s Venice was well conceived and executed; vocal and instrumental soloists shone in a 70-minute medley from composer’s vast oeuvre. 

Review | Joshua Bell’s smooth brilliance in Sibelius followed by laboured Mozart from HK Phil

Violin soloist showed dazzling technique and elegance in Sibelius concerto, but HK Phil under Jaap van Zweden lacked lightness and clarity in Mozart’s Jupiter symphony.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Joshua Bell’s smooth brilliance in Sibelius followed by laboured Mozart from HK Phil

Violin soloist showed dazzling technique and elegance in Sibelius concerto, but HK Phil under Jaap van Zweden lacked lightness and clarity in Mozart’s Jupiter symphony.

Passion and precision in HK Phil’s Russian-flavoured season opener of Stravinsky and Rachmaninov

A soloist with technique to burn, Leila Josefowicz negotiated the tricky passages of Stravinsky’s neoclassical Violin Concerto in D with ease; orchestra produced rich sound and gorgeous individual playing in Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Passion and precision in HK Phil’s Russian-flavoured season opener of Stravinsky and Rachmaninov

A soloist with technique to burn, Leila Josefowicz negotiated the tricky passages of Stravinsky’s neoclassical Violin Concerto in D with ease; orchestra produced rich sound and gorgeous individual playing in Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2

Energetic HK Phil impress in complex works by Ives, Bernstein and Saint-Saëns – review

From early American modernist Charles Ives’ Central Park in the Dark to Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for solo violin, it was a night of dynamic and focused playing from the musicians under the baton of Jaap van Zweden

12 Jun 2018 - 6:02PM
Energetic HK Phil impress in complex works by Ives, Bernstein and Saint-Saëns – review

From early American modernist Charles Ives’ Central Park in the Dark to Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for solo violin, it was a night of dynamic and focused playing from the musicians under the baton of Jaap van Zweden

Violinist Midori shines in Bernstein’s Serenade with Tongyeong Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach

Japanese soloist’s technical prowess and sweet tone were in full evidence in American’s 1954 work, and orchestra under baton of Christoph Eschenbach excelled in Korean ‘sound composition’ and Dvorák’s ‘New World’ symphony

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Violinist Midori shines in Bernstein’s Serenade with Tongyeong Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach

Japanese soloist’s technical prowess and sweet tone were in full evidence in American’s 1954 work, and orchestra under baton of Christoph Eschenbach excelled in Korean ‘sound composition’ and Dvorák’s ‘New World’ symphony

Review | Mozart’s Haffner Symphony ‘played with great fire’ by Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra: review

The orchestra, under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy, played with great energy, grace and spirit. Also on the programme were pieces by Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, Rossini and Camille Saint-Saëns

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Mozart’s Haffner Symphony ‘played with great fire’ by Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra: review

The orchestra, under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy, played with great energy, grace and spirit. Also on the programme were pieces by Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, Rossini and Camille Saint-Saëns

Danish orchestra, Chinese soloist dazzle in Sichuan quake-inspired concerto and late Romantic gems

Percussionist Li Biao showed remarkable technique, versatility and musicality in Guo Wenjing concerto, accompanied in stunning fashion by an orchestra which played a demanding programme with polish and panache

21 Mar 2018 - 5:55PM
Danish orchestra, Chinese soloist dazzle in Sichuan quake-inspired concerto and late Romantic gems

Percussionist Li Biao showed remarkable technique, versatility and musicality in Guo Wenjing concerto, accompanied in stunning fashion by an orchestra which played a demanding programme with polish and panache

Review: Denis Matsuev/State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia/Kristjan Järvi at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

By turns controlled, dreamy and dazzling, Denis Matsuev and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia under conductor Kristjan Järvi pulled out the stops in an all-Russian programme at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

9 Mar 2018 - 7:28PM
Review: Denis Matsuev/State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia/Kristjan Järvi at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

By turns controlled, dreamy and dazzling, Denis Matsuev and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia under conductor Kristjan Järvi pulled out the stops in an all-Russian programme at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Belgian troupe put the rock into baroque, making music from Biber to Vivaldi sound vibrant and new – review

Led by Russian violinist and soloist Dmitry Sinkovsky, chamber orchestra tackled a varied programme full of humorous moments with great spirit and energy

2 Mar 2018 - 5:48PM
Belgian troupe put the rock into baroque, making music from Biber to Vivaldi sound vibrant and new – review

Led by Russian violinist and soloist Dmitry Sinkovsky, chamber orchestra tackled a varied programme full of humorous moments with great spirit and energy

Hong Kong Sinfonietta at the Hong Kong Arts Festival review: a world premiere, a brilliant soloist and a Bartók favourite

Programme brilliantly showcased the playing of Hong Kong orchestra and guest viola soloist Maxim Rysanov, and featured first performance of Samson Young’s novel Such Sweet Thunder

27 Feb 2018 - 5:47PM
Hong Kong Sinfonietta at the Hong Kong Arts Festival review: a world premiere, a brilliant soloist and a Bartók favourite

Programme brilliantly showcased the playing of Hong Kong orchestra and guest viola soloist Maxim Rysanov, and featured first performance of Samson Young’s novel Such Sweet Thunder

Keyboard whizz shows accordion’s full range in Hong Kong concert – review

Soloist Martynas Levickis showed dazzling technique in an entertaining evening that ranged from Bach and Vivaldi to Piazzolla and Lady Gaga, with City Chamber Orchestra playing its full part

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Keyboard whizz shows accordion’s full range in Hong Kong concert – review

Soloist Martynas Levickis showed dazzling technique in an entertaining evening that ranged from Bach and Vivaldi to Piazzolla and Lady Gaga, with City Chamber Orchestra playing its full part

Review: HK Phil’s a Viennese New Year – delightful playing under guest conductor David Angus’ baton

Hong Kong Philharmonic pull off evening of crowd pleasers with precision and panache under David Angus’ baton, and Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong mixes beauty with bravura in Liszt’s Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: HK Phil’s a Viennese New Year – delightful playing under guest conductor David Angus’ baton

Hong Kong Philharmonic pull off evening of crowd pleasers with precision and panache under David Angus’ baton, and Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong mixes beauty with bravura in Liszt’s Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies

Review: HK Phil/Yu Long/Jean-Yves Thibaudet – solace, nostalgia in Gershwin and Elgar’s Enigma Variations

With soloist both playful and technically assured and orchestra’s playing by turns delicate and intense, this was an evening of mellow music making

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: HK Phil/Yu Long/Jean-Yves Thibaudet – solace, nostalgia in Gershwin and Elgar’s Enigma Variations

With soloist both playful and technically assured and orchestra’s playing by turns delicate and intense, this was an evening of mellow music making

Review: HK Phil/Peter Ruzicka/Francois Leleux – not just the oboe that delighted

Composer conducts orchestra in performance of his oboe concerto, a Beethoven symphony and Strauss’ tone poem Till Eugenspiegel, the latter allowing HK Phil’s wind section a chance to shine

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: HK Phil/Peter Ruzicka/Francois Leleux – not just the oboe that delighted

Composer conducts orchestra in performance of his oboe concerto, a Beethoven symphony and Strauss’ tone poem Till Eugenspiegel, the latter allowing HK Phil’s wind section a chance to shine

Review: HK Phil/Christoph Eschenbach/Tzimon Barto – contrasts abound in evening of Brahms and Dvorak

Pianist Tzimon Barto mixed power with poetry in German composer’s second concerto, and was matched by gorgeous orchestral playing, while conductor Christoph Eschenbach gave players freedom to delight in Dvorak symphony

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: HK Phil/Christoph Eschenbach/Tzimon Barto – contrasts abound in evening of Brahms and Dvorak

Pianist Tzimon Barto mixed power with poetry in German composer’s second concerto, and was matched by gorgeous orchestral playing, while conductor Christoph Eschenbach gave players freedom to delight in Dvorak symphony

Free anniversary concert an exuberant celebration of the music Premiere Performances has brought to Hong Kong

Organiser of chamber music and solo recitals in Hong Kong marks 10 years of operations in style with virtuoso performances from some of the artists it has championed

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Free anniversary concert an exuberant celebration of the music Premiere Performances has brought to Hong Kong

Organiser of chamber music and solo recitals in Hong Kong marks 10 years of operations in style with virtuoso performances from some of the artists it has championed

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