The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra names Dutch conductor and violinist Jaap van Zweden the new music director to succeed the outgoing fellow Dutchman Edo de Waart.
Having been a classical music CD buyer for 20 years, I frequently run into hesitation when confronted with a new "complete edition" boxset. Among those tens of CDs in a boxset, I often have two to three CDs on my shelf and I have spent some good cash buying that lone discs quite some years back. With a sense of guilt of buying some duplicate items, hesitation prevails and the sets would have gone after a flash mob in CD stores.
Before forgetting everything about the concert let me write a short note on the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) opening concert of Das Lied von der Erde.
With AYO you can see devoted eyes fixed at the conductor, giving out their best with their instruments, with dedication unrivaled by many orchestras with a rostered season. You can expect an energetic, sometimes coarse but always committed performance of truly admirable standard.
I seldom write about the concert I attended when I am not a lay audience. But for the recent concert of Mass in B minor, there are two reasons that I take the liberty to make an exception.
The 2011 installment of Beijing Music Festival is seen on various websites, with information of the stellar international cast to play Gustav Mahler's symphonies and Lieder in the coming October.
The depressed global economy hasn't shadowed Hong Kong buyer's enthusiasms to the sole Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concert in October. According to reliable sources directly from the queue this morning, the box opens and meets with a furious crowd and the top-price HK$2,000 (US$256) tickets are gone in some 30 minutes.
The annual Hong Kong Arts Festival announces its 40th season which will run from January 28 to March 8, 2012.
This is perhaps the first release of the symphonies of the Polish symphonist Karol Szymanowski on DVD. At long last the mysterious, gigantic third symphony, also known as "Song of the Night," is pictured.
The Hong Kong programme of the Vienna Philharmonic is announced.