Mon, Fri 星期一、五 5:30pm
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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: Dennis Wu
A French orchestral programme par excellence, marking 100 years since the death of Claude Debussy. The relative absence of the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra from concert halls today is something of a mystery; all the colour, inventiveness, fluidity and pianistic and orchestral verve that characterise Debussy’s music can be heard here, with a central movement which is one of his most expressive pieces of writing. Bizet’s Symphony in C reveals all the clarity, directness, passion and sophistication that would later be associated with the composer of Carmen, while the richly imaginative orchestral textures of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite plunge listeners into a realm of fairy-tale fantasy. This recording owes much to the virtuosity, enthusiasm and energy of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and its conductor Emmanuel Villaume, and to the intelligence and poetic sensibilities of pianist Andrew von Oeyen.
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
Jukka-Pekka Saraste became principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2010/11 season. This release features Brahmss Second Symphony, which is often called his 'Pastoral'. It was written during a happy holiday in Pörtschach in 1877. Brahms wrote to his friend in Vienna, the critic Eduard Hanslick: 'The Wörthersee is virgin ground. Melodies fly around there, so that you have to take care not to step on them'. The work was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Hans Richter in December 1877, where it was a great success.