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Review | Opera as it should be: no contemporary setting, Aids ward or bombast in this Don Giovanni production

Simple, conservative production of Mozart’s ‘serious comedy’ allowed the work to speak for itself – quite a radical idea these days; Richard Ollarsaba as the decadent don and Joseph Barron as his wing man excelled.

21 May 2019 - 3:45PM

Simple, conservative production of Mozart’s ‘serious comedy’ allowed the work to speak for itself – quite a radical idea these days; Richard Ollarsaba as the decadent don and Joseph Barron as his wing man excelled.

Opera as it should be: no contemporary setting, Aids ward or bombast in this Don Giovanni production
Review | Mighty Mahler Resurrection symphony shows HK Phil’s growth under Jaap van Zweden’s baton

Exciting, surprising performance that built to a transcendent conclusion showed clearly the evolution of the Hong Kong Philharmonic under its music director.

20 May 2019 - 5:49PM

Exciting, surprising performance that built to a transcendent conclusion showed clearly the evolution of the Hong Kong Philharmonic under its music director.

Mighty Mahler Resurrection symphony shows HK Phil’s growth under Jaap van Zweden’s baton
Chamber opera based on Yasunari Kawabata novel Beauty and Sadness is admirably concise

Chamber work by Carolyn Choa, based on a novel by Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata about a writer’s reunion with a much younger woman he had an affair with, overcomes the challenge of expressing what author leaves unsaid.

8 Apr 2019 - 6:45PM

Chamber work by Carolyn Choa, based on a novel by Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata about a writer’s reunion with a much younger woman he had an affair with, overcomes the challenge of expressing what author leaves unsaid.

Chamber opera based on Yasunari Kawabata novel Beauty and Sadness is admirably concise
Review | Leipzig Opera’s Tannhäuser a visceral pleasure, and well sung and played too

From bloody red to lush green to stark white, production of Wagner opera bore the unmistakable stamp of its Spanish director, Calixto Bieito; his bold visuals didn’t always flow comfortably with the music, however.

4 Mar 2019 - 2:52PM

From bloody red to lush green to stark white, production of Wagner opera bore the unmistakable stamp of its Spanish director, Calixto Bieito; his bold visuals didn’t always flow comfortably with the music, however.

Leipzig Opera’s Tannhäuser a visceral pleasure, and well sung and played too
Review | HK Phil’s West Side Story in Concert a mixed experience, the music well played but the lights too bright to engage with the film

Musical and technical demands of performing West Side Story make it a most ambitious live project; conductor Jayce Ogren coaxed some fine playing from the Hong Kong Phil and stayed true to the film – but rarely at the same time

2 Jul 2018 - 2:57PM

Musical and technical demands of performing West Side Story make it a most ambitious live project; conductor Jayce Ogren coaxed some fine playing from the Hong Kong Phil and stayed true to the film – but rarely at the same time

HK Phil’s West Side Story in Concert a mixed experience, the music well played but the lights too bright to engage with the film
HKPhil’s hat tip to US-bound music director Jaap van Zweden showed just what he’ll bring to New York Philharmonic

All-American programme had a rendering of Dvorak’s ‘New World’ symphony that made you sit up and listen, a studied performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide overture and Bernstein teacher Copland’s clarinet concerto

25 Jun 2018 - 6:45PM

All-American programme had a rendering of Dvorak’s ‘New World’ symphony that made you sit up and listen, a studied performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide overture and Bernstein teacher Copland’s clarinet concerto

HKPhil’s hat tip to US-bound music director Jaap van Zweden showed just what he’ll bring to New York Philharmonic
Review: Götterdämmerung/HKPhil/Jaap van Zweden – a wrestling match fought to a draw

Concluding part of Wagner’s Ring cycle saw cast initially struggle to match the power of orchestra’s playing, and some of the singing didn’t match the transcendence of 2017’s Siegfried – but hey, the HKPhil finally did it

19 Jan 2018 - 1:00PM

Concluding part of Wagner’s Ring cycle saw cast initially struggle to match the power of orchestra’s playing, and some of the singing didn’t match the transcendence of 2017’s Siegfried – but hey, the HKPhil finally did it

Review: Götterdämmerung/HKPhil/Jaap van Zweden – a wrestling match fought to a draw
Review: The Makropulos Case – cast, score and stage shine

Annalena Persson’s performance as opera singer Emilia a standout in a successful undertaking in which staging and score flowed seamlessly and the cast acted and sang with dramatic conviction

28 Feb 2017 - 10:47AM

Annalena Persson’s performance as opera singer Emilia a standout in a successful undertaking in which staging and score flowed seamlessly and the cast acted and sang with dramatic conviction

Review: The Makropulos Case – cast, score and stage shine
Review | Arts review: Edgar Meyer and CCOHK – double bass virtuosity

The renowned bassist is a master of genres and dips into bluegrass, jazz, blues and Hadynesque playing in a performance that outshone the orchestra

11 Nov 2016 - 9:12AM

The renowned bassist is a master of genres and dips into bluegrass, jazz, blues and Hadynesque playing in a performance that outshone the orchestra

Arts review: Edgar Meyer and CCOHK – double bass virtuosity
Review: Ensemble Intercontemporain/Matthias Pintscher - worth the wait

Group founded by Pierre Boulez make Hong Kong debut with concert of seven contrasting works spanning over a century, including one inspired by 2015 axing of four Mid-Levels banyan trees

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Group founded by Pierre Boulez make Hong Kong debut with concert of seven contrasting works spanning over a century, including one inspired by 2015 axing of four Mid-Levels banyan trees

Review: Ensemble Intercontemporain/Matthias Pintscher - worth the wait
Review: Jaap van Zweden’s Mahler 1st driven and lyrically infectious

HKPhil music director was fully in charge of what can be a demanding work, even if its earthy interludes were glossed over, and orchestra and soloist were in perfect sync in Mozart violin concerto

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

HKPhil music director was fully in charge of what can be a demanding work, even if its earthy interludes were glossed over, and orchestra and soloist were in perfect sync in Mozart violin concerto

Review: Jaap van Zweden’s Mahler 1st driven and lyrically infectious
Review: Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih shine in pursuit of Proust

French author and the mystery of his fictional sonata serve as pegs for recital of music for cello and piano, including a work by Proust’s companion Reynaldo Hahn

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

French author and the mystery of his fictional sonata serve as pegs for recital of music for cello and piano, including a work by Proust’s companion Reynaldo Hahn

Review: Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih shine in pursuit of Proust
Review: Joseph Moog and Hong Kong Sinfonietta - musical chemistry

Novel concert programme matched youthful, lyrical Webern with masterful late Haydn, and influence of both could be heard in orchestra and soloist’s interpretation of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Novel concert programme matched youthful, lyrical Webern with masterful late Haydn, and influence of both could be heard in orchestra and soloist’s interpretation of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2

Review: Joseph Moog and Hong Kong Sinfonietta - musical chemistry
Arts review: Verdi’s Otello – the parts are greater than the whole

Hong Kong Opera’s production of the classic featured a pure storyline and crystalline singing, although the performers were not well matched

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Hong Kong Opera’s production of the classic featured a pure storyline and crystalline singing, although the performers were not well matched

Arts review: Verdi’s Otello – the parts are greater than the whole
Review: Murray Perahia’s richly layered Hammerklavier worth the wait

Pianist used the demands of Beethoven’s most monumental keyboard work to illustrate its emotional depths in a programme of complementary works that allowed him to show the effortless grace of his artistry

12 Oct 2016 - 10:02AM

Pianist used the demands of Beethoven’s most monumental keyboard work to illustrate its emotional depths in a programme of complementary works that allowed him to show the effortless grace of his artistry

Review: Murray Perahia’s richly layered Hammerklavier worth the wait
Review: Joy of Guitar Festival - Shenzhen 9-year-old warms up for Uruguayan Alvaro Pierri

Pierri’s programme contrasted works by Spanish classical composer Albéniz with folkloric tunes from Latin America; Li Shezao showed technique, showmanship and precocious poise

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Pierri’s programme contrasted works by Spanish classical composer Albéniz with folkloric tunes from Latin America; Li Shezao showed technique, showmanship and precocious poise

Review: Joy of Guitar Festival - Shenzhen 9-year-old warms up for Uruguayan Alvaro Pierri
Review: Takács Quartet’s all-Beethoven programme a lesson in balance

Unaffected playing gives voice to the stark differences in works from composer’s early, middle and late periods while also emphasising Beethoven’s unifying musical vision

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Unaffected playing gives voice to the stark differences in works from composer’s early, middle and late periods while also emphasising Beethoven’s unifying musical vision

Review: Takács Quartet’s all-Beethoven programme a lesson in balance
Review: Verdi’s Requiem/Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda - intensity meets poetry

Superb singing, especially by soprano Erika Grimaldi, allied with the conductor’s clever pacing and thundering tutti produced a performance full of intensity

3 Jul 2016 - 9:23PM

Superb singing, especially by soprano Erika Grimaldi, allied with the conductor’s clever pacing and thundering tutti produced a performance full of intensity

Review: Verdi’s Requiem/Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda - intensity meets poetry