The Hong Kong programme of the Vienna Philharmonic is announced. Matthias Goerne sings 11 Des Knaben Wunderhorn songs (that will well cover some of the songs that are mostly sung by female singers) and the orchestra plays a Brahms overture and the Schubert Unfinished. Top price: HKD 2,000 (USD 257).
Vienna Philharmonic will travel also to Macao and present a concert on October 10, probably one of the concerts in the Macao International Music Festival that happens annually between October and November. No details from the Macao office yet, but the VPO announces the programmes on their website: a Mozart and Bruckner’s Romantic. An overnight stay in Macao? Not a bad idea: it’s a Monday. Take a day off!
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra announces its last season with Edo de Waart at the helmet. Rumoured successor Jaap van Zweden will conduct two concerts with a Brahms symphony, a Philip Glass concerto and a Prokofiev symphony. Mr. de Waart also test-drived with a Brahms symphony some years back while he was rumoured to succeed the director role. I am more than surprised to see Thomas Dausgaard to play both Sibelius’ seventh and Nielsen’s Inextinguishable in one evening. This is certainly not to be missed. Mr. de Waart will open his final season with Das Lied von der Erde and conclude with Beethoven’s ninth, intended to bring down the hall for sure. Refer to HKPO websitefor a complete season listing.