Performers: Jaap van Zweden (conductor), Hong Kong Philharmonic
Rating: **** (4 out of 5)
If the opening act of the HK Phil’s Beethoven symphony cycle on 11 November was a let-down, then the second act a week later was the comeback that the orchestra sorely needed and ultimately pulled off.
The evening began with the picturesque Symphony No. 6 – Beethoven’s tribute to Mother Nature and his answer to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The HK Phil returned to top form, delivering the kind of velvety sounds that put the orchestra on the world map. Even though the first three movements were a touch too sluggish, the slow tempo was a deliberate move to accentuate the contrast with the violent ‘Thunderstorm’ fourth movement, before calm was restored in the serene "Shepherd’s Song" finale. The HK Phil appeared well-rehearsed, coordinated and in control.
|Beethoven's Symphonies 6 & 7 with Jaap van Zweden|
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