Mon, Fri 星期一、五 5:30pm
Monday and Friday: 5:30pm-6pm
A group of music critics guide you through some of the the most interesting new releases to keep you in touch with the latest fine music recordings.
Critic: Leonard Ip
Born in 1984, in Bulgaria, Evgeni Bozhanov completed his studies in Essen and Düsseldorf (Germany) with Prof. Boris Bloch and Prof. Georg Friedrich Schenck. His international career launched following top prizes at international competitions including the Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow, Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas and International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. In past seasons he has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the National Orchestra of Belgium, Philharmonia Orchestra, and others. The Dallas Morning News wrote: “He can produce more nuances of tone in a measure of music than most pianists find in a lifetime.” For this release, he has chosen to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto op. 35 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K453.
Critic: Dennis Wu
“Exceedingly satisfied with our musical collaboration on our Brahms/Schumann recording, I suggested to Helene Mercier that we take on the complete cycles of Brahms’s 21 Hungarian Dances and 16 Waltzes, Op.39, which, unlike me, she had already played in concert.
It was extremely important to both of us that the gypsy spirit was to the fore in the Hungarian Dances, likewise Viennese elegance in the Waltzes. I must humbly acknowledge how impressed I was by my Quebecoise partner’s level of understanding of this very distinctive music. All her musical suggestions that broke with the usual rules made sense, and we tried never to lose sight of the improvisatory character symbolising the freedom of the Gypsies.” Cyprien Katsaris