The Joy of Music Festival

Gary Graffman first played in Hong Kong in 1957, well before the City Hall was built.

A week-long festival The Joy of Music Festival is ahead, starting from October 8 and ending on October 14. It features a series of concerts as well as a notable evening performance for the 50th anniversary of the Hong Kong City Hall.

The concert on October 9 features Gary Graffman, who first played in Hong Kong in 1957. He is joined by an array of well-established Hong Kong artists, including Chiu Yeeha, the first pianist to play at the concert hall back in 1962. She will be playing the first piano the City Hall acquired, now residing in Sheung Wan Civic Centre, so the presenter will be doing the work to move it back to where it was.

Also notable is the special souvenir for the concert: a facsimile copy of the supplement published by the South China Morning Post for the opening of the Hong Kong City Hall in 1962.

There is a number of happenings going on with this festival, which may be browsed in detail at The Chopin Society’s website. But there is an interesting event too: the “re-performance” series. The press release says,

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The Zenph Sound Innovation “re-performance” program played by the Yamaha Disklavier PRO, is a technology that instructs an actual grand concert piano to play itself in the exact way the masters did, key stroke for key stroke, touch for touch – making the performance exact on how each note and pedal were played.

The Zenph process starts with an artist’s original audio recordings – for Rachmaninoff, it was 78 rpm records; for Albeniz, it was wax cylinders – and determine how each note and pedal were played. For a note, this includes the microsecond it was struck, the force and the touch, how long it was held, how it was released, where the pedals lie and so on. This information is then saved as a computer data.

The data, known as a re-performance, is played by this rare high-resolution Yamaha Disklavier PRO concert grand piano.

Being able to extract and encode the details of how each note was played, the Zenph process replicates precisely each maestro’s distinctive sound. In doing so, the software turns audio recordings back in to “live” recitals, which will be played by Yamaha Disklavier PRO, making this the closest experience to hearing a master from the past perform live. [/quote]

The first concert will “feature” Glenn Gould playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the second will “feature” composer-pianists Sergei Rachmaninov, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, George Gershwin and Ruth Slenczynska.

Photo © Christian Steiner.
Zenph is a registered trademark.

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