Friday, November 13, 2015

Music Review: Beethoven's Symphonies 3 & 8

Date: 11 November 2015
Performers: Jaap van Zweden (conductor), Hong Kong Philharmonic
Rating: ** (2 out of 5)

Touted as the classical music event of the year and a "monumental experience for music lovers," the HK Philharmonic’s Beethoven symphony cycle – split into four concerts – dominates its 2015/16 programme. Conquering all nine masterpieces in a single season is like winning the Grand Slam in tennis or scaling the Seven Summits of the World – the challenge is tremendous, and the expectations are sky high. Can music director Jaap van Zweden deliver?

We go to the cycle’s opening concert on 11 November, which began with Symphony No. 8. Light-hearted and full of humor and zest, the so-called ‘little Symphony in F’ was said to be the composer’s personal favorite among the nine...

Beethoven's Symphonies 3 & 8 with Jaap van Zweden


Read the rest of this review on TimeOut HK.

As published on TimeOut HK


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