As an extension of the first series, the sequel of RTHK’s treasured recordings of live performances showcases the station’s own productions. From studios to a chorus to its name, Radio 4 has gradually emerged from a facilitator of fine music to an active music-maker in itself. The evolving process has been documented with recording of international artists. It was a time of the city’s economic takeoff in the 1970s, and there was always an interaction with musicians from the Mainland. All these features are captured in the next five episodes to celebrate the 90th anniversary of broadcasting in Hong Kong.跟10月份第一輯比較,慶祝香港廣播九十週年的第二輯珍貴現場錄音,更多突出了港台製作的角色。從錄音室到以電台為名的合唱團,第四台的美樂平台逐漸由音樂提供者,發展成為積極音樂製作的參與者。過程中有國際級音樂家的足跡,有錄音為證,記錄港台以至香港1970年代起全方位起飛。邁向國際的同時,不離與國內音樂家的互動。11月份開始的五套節目,正是這段歷史的音樂檔案。。
10/11 (Sat 星期六) 8pm
Felicity Lott and Michael Rippon’s Early Recordings at RTHK
Vocal solo was missing in the first series, here is a wonderful double-bill to show what talent was coming to Hong Kong. First is a recording of British soprano Felicity Lott in Studio Two in 1979. Her Hong Kong debut came just four years after the start of her international career performing Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the National English Opera. Here we revisit her performance of art songs by Mozart and Fauré, the latter showcasing her first degree in French.
The second vocal solo recital features our beloved Michael Rippon, who left us in 2004. The 1984 recording was the first he did in Hong Kong when he, at age 46 with renowned recordings of Bach, Handel, and Walton under his belt, was appointed Head of Vocal Studies at the new HKAPA. His signature deep bass had made him a celebrity for decades, and he could be heard in both concert pre-announcement and as a voice at Radio 4. His destiny with the city started with this recital of works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams.