Classical music

Hong Kong Philharmonic rendering of Brahms, Tchaikovsky a sublime treat for the senses

    PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 November, 2018, 1:04pm
    UPDATED : Saturday, 17 November, 2018, 1:04pm

    I have been a Hong Kong Philharmonic fan for many years. In the Brahms and Tchaikovsky performance on October 19 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, orchestra concertmaster Jing Wang performed a brilliant and most memorable Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, under the baton of music director Jaap van Zweden.

    Worthy of Brahms’ creation and his only violin concerto, all three movements were played with dynamic energy full of vibrant colours. I particularly liked the second movement, where fluidity and emotions flowed effortlessly, as Wang moved through the passages with sensuous phrasing and interpretation all of his own, yet in perfect harmony and collaboration with the composer, who created the work some 140 years ago.

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    Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor is a real treat to excite our senses. All sections of the orchestra contributed magnificently to the familiar work that has been much loved over the years.

    Philip S.K. Leung, Pok Fu Lam