Hong Kong Arts Festival announces 40th season

The annual Hong Kong Arts Festival announces its 40th season which will run from January 28 to March 8, 2012.

As reported earlier, the festival will have the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Bavarian State Opera performing Così fan tutte. What’s new would be the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra would also come with a programme of Anton Bruckner and Franz Schubert at the main bills. Finnish soprano Karita Mattila will sing in a recital with a good mix of Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and, of course, Jean Sibelius.

The biggest musical attraction to me, though, would be the long-awaited The Sixteen with Harry Christophers. George Friderich Handel is never my cup of tea, but Christophers’ sophistication in interpretation and vitality of making music will not fail to dazzle.

Also noteworthy would be Kun-Woo Paik’s complete Ravel piano work recital. He played the same three-hour-long repertoire in Guangzhou’s Xinghai Hall in this year’s March. Failing to notice that, the Hong Kong recital would be the second chance.

Full programme of the festival will be out in October.

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