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.
1/12 (Sat 星期六) 8pm
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra: Haydn’s Creation
The last episode is a precious recording of Haydn’s Creation performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on Palm Sunday in 1970. It offers an invaluable clue to the sound of the HK Phil before it turned professional four years later. The concert took place during Easter and the annual schools
music festival. The latter brought in music experts from the UK, such as the scholar-conductor Anthony Hopkins who directed both the Philharmonic and the Combined Christian Choir, along with top local soloists, including soprano Nancy Zi as Gabriel and baritone Hwang Iurhen, as Adam. The orchestra
leader was Y. S. Liu, the incumbent chair of HK Phil. Little wonder Dr Bard once sighed to this writer how he wished the pre-professional HK Phil would be granted some recognition for its contribution to classical music in Hong Kong. This vintage recording is a testimony to the late maestro’s wish.