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"The Pride of China" Lang Lang returns to play the Piano Concert
No.1 of Liszt and Beethoven under the baton of Stéphen Denève
[Sold Out]


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[26 August 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) specially presents a music rendezvous with the Chinese star pianist Lang Lang which he will play two dazzling piano concerti by Beethoven and Liszt under the baton of the world renowned conductor Stéphen Denève. The French conductor will opens the evening with the enchanting Roman Carnival by Berlioz.

“Great Performers: BOCHK Charitable Foundation proudly sponsors – The Pride of China” will be held on 13 October (Wed), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talk will be held at the 4/F of Hong Kong Cultural Centre. All tickets were sold out.

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. He is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras. Apart from a recital pianist, Lang has contributed a lot in supporting children worldwide. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation was also launched with the support of the Grammy and UNICEF. Besides being an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo, he has also been added as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders picked by the World Economic Forum and received the 2010 Crystal Award.

Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Denève has served as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra since September 2005, where he has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. Stéphane Denève has assisted Georges Prêtre for Turandot at the Paris National Opera (1997) and Seiji Ozawa for Les dialogues des Carmélites at the Saito Kinen Festival (1998). He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. He was appointed as Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra from September 2011.

Beethoven has written five piano concerti in his life. In the concert, Lang will play the First Piano Concerto (actually the third by time) of Beethoven which was written between 1795 and 1798 and premièred in Prague by the composer himself as pianist in 1798. It is regarded as one of the most remarkable works of the young Beethoven. Liszt’s First Piano Concerto was written as early as 1830, yet it was not completed until 1849 that Liszt completed the version for two pianos. He passed the word to Raff (the young copyist and personal editor) to orchestrate in 1853. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 was premièred in Weimar in 1855 where Liszt himself as pianist while Berlioz as the conductor. However Liszt made extensive revisions and erased some of Raff’s contributions.

Great Performers: BOCHK Charitable Foundation proudly sponsors: The Pride of China
13 | 10 | 2010
wed 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$1280 $880 $480 $280
Tickets were SOLD OUT


Stéphen Denève conductor
Lang Lang bass-baritone

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BERLIOZ Roman Carnival
BEETHOVEN     Piano Concerto No. 1
FAURÉ         Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite
LISZT           Piano Concerto No. 1

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.

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