Sunday, September 7, 2014

Music Review: HK Phil Season Premiere 2014

Date: 5 September 2014
Performers: Yefim Bronfman (pianist), Jaap van Zweden (conductor), HK Philharmonic
Rating: *** (3 out of 5)

The new season of the Hong Kong Philharmonic opened with the usual fanfare on September 5. The premiere, which featured Soviet-born Israeli pianist Yefim Bronfman, was preceded by a brief opening ceremony officiated by Home Affairs Secretary Tsang Tak-sing. Important people spoke, champagne flutes clanged, camera flashes lit up the atrium. But a question lingered: will the new season bring pleasant surprises or will it be another string of run-of-the-mill performances by an orchestra that is perennially stuck in an artistic rut?

Brahms' Piano Concerto No.1 by Yefim Bronfman


Read the rest of this review on TimeOut HK.

As published on TimeOut HK

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