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Principal Cello Richard Bamping solos with HKPO in Haydn's Cello Concerto this weekend, directed by John Harding

28 May 2007

Hong Kong, 28 May 2007 – One of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO)’s star musicians, Principal Cello Richard Bamping will be the soloist in Haydn’s Concerto in D major at this week’s concert, “Cathay Pacific Discovery Series - Stormy Mozart, Sunny Schubert”. The concerts will be held on Thursday, 31 May and Saturday, 2 June, 8pm, at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

Richard has been Principal Cello of the Hong Kong Philharmonic for 14 years and his many solo appearances with the HKPO have been greeted with critical acclaim. A critic in Ta Kung Pao wrote of his performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1: “Richard Bamping’s performance was a treat for the audience…on the whole, Bamping’s performance had the air of a commander.”

Compared with the First Concerto in C major, which is extremely passionate and ebullient, Haydn’s Second Concerto in D major, written in 1783, is much more noble and elegant. The solo cello is also very much a part of the orchestral sound. “The most interesting about this Concerto is that for a long time musicologists believed that it was not really by Haydn because the style is very different from his First,” said Richard. “Then, in the 1950s, they discovered on the manuscript the authentic signature of Haydn. Since then it has been authenticated, and is now well-known and well-loved in concert halls.”

“I am very lucky to be playing a cello was made by Andrea Guarneri in 1674. He was one of the foremost cello makers of the time and was the teacher of Antonio Stradivari.” Richard is very proud of his cello, which is one of only eight surviving examples of the maker’s work.

In the same programme is one of Schubert’s sunniest symphonies, Symphony No. 5, written in a style extremely similar to Mozart’s. It is well contrasted with Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni, written at a time when gloom and doom started to descend on Mozart’s life, in particular the death of his mentor and father. Also in the programme is Adagio and Fugue in C minor, a lesser-heard work by Mozart who wrote in imitation of the master of Baroque composers, J. S. Bach, and a Sinfonia by CPE Bach, an older contemporary of Haydn.

Directing the Orchestra will be John Harding, Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has had an extremely successful international career as a soloist, teacher, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor and recording artist which has taken him all over the world. Since becoming concertmaster with HKPO in September 2006, his performances have been greeted enthusiastically by critics and audiences alike.

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Programme Information
Cathay Pacific Discovery Series
Stormy Mozart, Sunny Schubert
31 | 5 & 2 | 6 | 2007
Thursday and Saturday
HK City Hall Concert Hall
8 PM
$250, $200, $150, $100
Reservations: 2734 9009
Credit Card booking: 2111 5999
Enquiries: 2721 2030


John Harding director
Richard Bamping cello


Mozart Don Giovanni: overture
Haydn Cello Concerto in D major
CPE Bach Sinfonia in B minor
Mozart Adagio and fugue in C minor
Schubert Symphony No.5

The Cathay Pacific Discovery Series - Stormy Mozart, Sunny Schubert concerts are sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways Limited.

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is rapidly emerging as Asia’s leading orchestra, since internationally renowned Edo de Waart joined as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in the 2004/05 Season. Throughout the last three decades, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. It gives over a hundred performances annually, many of which are highly anticipated events in the city’s cultural calendar. The Hong Kong Philharmonic reaches out to the community with such diverse activities as a comprehensive music-in-education programme for primary and secondary school students, performances at university campuses, an annual project with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to help nurture aspiring professionals, free pre-concert talks that provides in-depth knowledge of music and musicians and an open-air concert that gives the public free access to classical music.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the HKSAR Government.

SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.