Saturday, October 18, 2014

Music Review: Mahler 5

Date: 17 October 2014
Performers: Vassily Sinaisky (conductor), HK Philharmonic
Rating: *** (3 out of 5)

Mahler 5 was one of the marquee shows in the HK Phil’s 2014/15 programme. Still recuperating from an injured shoulder, however, music director Jaap Zweden had to sit this one out and ask Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky to step in. Sinaisky’s calendar should be wide open these days, after he resigned as chief conductor of Moscow’s renowned Bolshoi Theatre in December 2013. His sudden departure might have something to do with the acid attack earlier that year that nearly blinded a ballet director. The day after Sinaisky announced his decision to leave, lead dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the attack. The turn of events was more dramatic as any opera Sinaisky had directed during his three-year tenure at Bolshoi.

Mahler's Symphony No. 5  by Vassily Sinaisky


Read the rest of this review on TimeOut HK.

As published on TimeOut HK

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