Classical music lovers, myself included, often complain of a general lack of imagination in orchestra concert programming. Innovative programmes do exist, as is evident in the Hong Kong Philharmonic concert Antarctic Journey. But there are many things to be done to draw a hesitant audience to a journey of unfamiliar
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"You need to be focused on music when you are a musician; you have to be emotional and connected to the music. To be a scholar, however, you have to consider different angles and be critical." It requires some years to reconcile the imminent conflict, says Laurence Dreyfus.
The lively, octogenarian Lorin Maazel continues to command the mighty Chicago Symphony Orchestra, making some surprisingly different result to the music.
When Lorin Maazel is driving carefully the mighty Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a very slow Mozart Jupiter Symphony, my mind drifts off to recall the good old days of Mr. Maazel.
It’s confirmed: Lorin Maazel will replace Riccardo Muti to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the eagerly awaited Asian tour.
Who says classical music recording industry is dying? Being an active listener and reviewer, 2012 was a busy year as usual for me. My time was only enough for a very small fragment of the universe. But I was a diligent record reviewer for the year. So I shall share
The beginning of a year is a good time to summarise the one that passed. It certainly does and I would share my definitive concert moments of 2012 that I think worth a mention.
SAR Philharmonic is performing for charity again, this time for the benefit of Kely Support Group, a group dedicated for youth drug and alcohol addictions. They are working with Liu Meng-chieh, a pianist with a story of fighting against strange illness.
Six young musicians are selected to be among the elites of Young Music Makers, a project of RTHK Radio 4 highlight emerging music talents.
If I am to poll a concert which stunned me the most in recent years, the inauguration concert of Jaap van Zweden as music director of HKPO surely comes to the top.