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Hong Kong chamber music festival opens with virtuoso performances of Bach’s brilliant Brandenburg Concertos

Composer’s six Brandenburg Concertos, rarely played all together, launch 11th edition of Hong Kong chamber music festival. An eclectic group of musicians put on a masterly evening of virtuoso ensemble playing.

Composer’s six Brandenburg Concertos, rarely played all together, launch 11th edition of Hong Kong chamber music festival. An eclectic group of musicians put on a masterly evening of virtuoso ensemble playing.

Hong Kong chamber music festival opens with virtuoso performances of Bach’s brilliant Brandenburg Concertos
9 Jan 2020 - 6:20PM
Hong Kong Philharmonic deliver monumental Mahler and Shostakovich 10th symphonies under van Zweden’s baton

A well-constructed account of the opening movement of Mahler’s unfinished symphony was followed by a fast-paced reading of the Shostakovich symphony, in which contributions from the principal flute and French horn stood out.

A well-constructed account of the opening movement of Mahler’s unfinished symphony was followed by a fast-paced reading of the Shostakovich symphony, in which contributions from the principal flute and French horn stood out.

Hong Kong Philharmonic deliver monumental Mahler and Shostakovich 10th symphonies under van Zweden’s baton
16 Dec 2019 - 4:30PM
Rapturous Rachmaninov launches Hong Kong Philharmonic season, soloist Seong-Jin Cho excels

Soloist’s expressiveness and technical mastery of the keyboard, and orchestra’s refinement, were on show in Russian composer’s Piano Concerto No 2.

Soloist’s expressiveness and technical mastery of the keyboard, and orchestra’s refinement, were on show in Russian composer’s Piano Concerto No 2.

Rapturous Rachmaninov launches Hong Kong Philharmonic season, soloist Seong-Jin Cho excels
9 Sep 2019 - 4:26PM
Conductor and pianist Philippe Entremont shows Hong Kong he’s still got it

Philippe Entremont took the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong through its paces last night in an all-Beethoven concert, leading things in a manner in which Beethoven himself would have likely done.

Philippe Entremont took the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong through its paces last night in an all-Beethoven concert, leading things in a manner in which Beethoven himself would have likely done.

Conductor and pianist Philippe Entremont shows Hong Kong he’s still got it
27 Jun 2019 - 6:13PM
Review | Shostakovich piano concertos a mixed bag in Ben Kim’s hands

Orchestra perform two of Scottish composer MacMillan’s works, including the one that launched his career, and accompany pianist Ben Kim in two Shostakovich concertos.

Orchestra perform two of Scottish composer MacMillan’s works, including the one that launched his career, and accompany pianist Ben Kim in two Shostakovich concertos.

Shostakovich piano concertos a mixed bag in Ben Kim’s hands
10 Sep 2018 - 6:22PM
American pianist Jeremy Denk offers a pathway to the sublime in Hong Kong recital

Echo of Glenn Gould in soloist’s interpretations of late works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev

Echo of Glenn Gould in soloist’s interpretations of late works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev

American pianist Jeremy Denk offers a pathway to the sublime in Hong Kong recital
4 Jun 2018 - 6:00PM
François-Frédéric Guy Plays Beethoven review: bold musical choices and a few shaky moments

French pianist interprets Beethoven and Tchaikovsky with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, led by Hungarian conductor Gabor Kali in an exciting eclectic programme that sometimes lost clarity. Part of Le French May

French pianist interprets Beethoven and Tchaikovsky with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, led by Hungarian conductor Gabor Kali in an exciting eclectic programme that sometimes lost clarity. Part of Le French May

François-Frédéric Guy Plays Beethoven review: bold musical choices and a few shaky moments
29 May 2018 - 11:10AM
Review: Juan Carmona/City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong – flamenco flair

Spanish composer’s Sinfonia Flamenca gives each performer their moment to shine, and they didn’t disappoint, from the mesmerising singing of Noemi Humanes to Sergio Aranda’s dazzling dance and his own expressive playing

Spanish composer’s Sinfonia Flamenca gives each performer their moment to shine, and they didn’t disappoint, from the mesmerising singing of Noemi Humanes to Sergio Aranda’s dazzling dance and his own expressive playing

Review: Juan Carmona/City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong – flamenco flair
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: Nikolai Lugansky/HK Phil/Charles Dutoit – masterful Rachmaninov, effortless Stravinsky, restrained Ravel

Controlled brilliance characterised Russian pianist’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 and HK Phil under baton of Swiss maestro Charles Dutoit

Controlled brilliance characterised Russian pianist’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 and HK Phil under baton of Swiss maestro Charles Dutoit

Review: Nikolai Lugansky/HK Phil/Charles Dutoit – masterful Rachmaninov, effortless Stravinsky, restrained Ravel
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: HK Phil brilliant in Bruckner’s 8th Symphony under Jaap van Zweden’s baton

Dutch maestro brings out the dynamic subtleties and intricate moments of Austrian’s monumental work while maintaining a firm grasp of its structure, aided by principal horn Jiang Lin’s confident playing

Dutch maestro brings out the dynamic subtleties and intricate moments of Austrian’s monumental work while maintaining a firm grasp of its structure, aided by principal horn Jiang Lin’s confident playing

Review: HK Phil brilliant in Bruckner’s 8th Symphony under Jaap van Zweden’s baton
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: Konstantin Lifschitz begins Beethoven marathon in Hong Kong with delicacy and assurance

Konstantin Lifschitz’s playing in first of eight recitals of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas showed technical proficiency, subtlety and shadings of colour, but also moments of harshness

Konstantin Lifschitz’s playing in first of eight recitals of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas showed technical proficiency, subtlety and shadings of colour, but also moments of harshness

Review: Konstantin Lifschitz begins Beethoven marathon in Hong Kong with delicacy and assurance
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: Yuja Wang/HKPhil – Chinese pianist dazzles in Tchaikovsky, Jaap van Zweden steers transcendent Stravinsky

For all her technical and sartorial flamboyance, it was Wang’s musicality that shone through in Tchaikovsky concerto, while orchestra warmed to the task in The Rite of Spring under van Zweden’s assured baton

For all her technical and sartorial flamboyance, it was Wang’s musicality that shone through in Tchaikovsky concerto, while orchestra warmed to the task in The Rite of Spring under van Zweden’s assured baton

Review: Yuja Wang/HKPhil – Chinese pianist dazzles in Tchaikovsky, Jaap van Zweden steers transcendent Stravinsky
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: Camerata Salzburg and Piotr Anderszewski – effortless precision and colour

Chamber orchestra and pianist delivered ensemble playing of the highest order in some lesser known works by Mozart and Haydn

Chamber orchestra and pianist delivered ensemble playing of the highest order in some lesser known works by Mozart and Haydn

Review: Camerata Salzburg and Piotr Anderszewski – effortless precision and colour
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: Ray Chen with Julio Elizalde – violinist’s joyful, exuberant playing has audience begging for more

Chen’s flamboyance and expressiveness, allied to Elizalde’s empathetic accompaniment, is such as to sweep even musical purists along

Chen’s flamboyance and expressiveness, allied to Elizalde’s empathetic accompaniment, is such as to sweep even musical purists along

Review: Ray Chen with Julio Elizalde – violinist’s joyful, exuberant playing has audience begging for more
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Hong Kong Arts Festival – profound rendering of the anguish of Christ’s mother

Understated approach to Dvorak’s grief-stricken work brought out its profundity, in a triumphant, cathartic performance by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Janacek Opera of the National Theatre Brno

Understated approach to Dvorak’s grief-stricken work brought out its profundity, in a triumphant, cathartic performance by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Janacek Opera of the National Theatre Brno

Review: Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Hong Kong Arts Festival – profound rendering of the anguish of Christ’s mother
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Review: HK Phil assured, Heidi Melton a brilliant Brünnhilde, in Wagner’s Siegfried

Hong Kong Philharmonic rises to the challenges of Ring Cycle’s third episode, and singers overcome issues with balance to convey in concert form the power and emotion of the epic story Wagner tells

Hong Kong Philharmonic rises to the challenges of Ring Cycle’s third episode, and singers overcome issues with balance to convey in concert form the power and emotion of the epic story Wagner tells

Review: HK Phil assured, Heidi Melton a brilliant Brünnhilde, in Wagner’s Siegfried
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Review: Hong Kong Philharmonic shines in Mahler 3’s forceful and intimate episodes under baton of Jaap van Zweden

Orchestra showed itself up to the challenges of monumental six-movement symphony from the opening bars, and produced a performance of emotion and precision lit up by some wonderful solo playing

Orchestra showed itself up to the challenges of monumental six-movement symphony from the opening bars, and produced a performance of emotion and precision lit up by some wonderful solo playing

Review: Hong Kong Philharmonic shines in Mahler 3’s forceful and intimate episodes under baton of Jaap van Zweden
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Review: Hong Kong Philharmonic principals shine in timpanist’s world premiere and Haydn showpiece

Jaap van Zweden coaxes out the personality of HK Phil timpanist James Boznos’ new work, gives principals room to excel in Haydn Sinfonia Concertante, and delights in the detail of Dvorak symphony

Jaap van Zweden coaxes out the personality of HK Phil timpanist James Boznos’ new work, gives principals room to excel in Haydn Sinfonia Concertante, and delights in the detail of Dvorak symphony

Review: Hong Kong Philharmonic principals shine in timpanist’s world premiere and Haydn showpiece
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM