Making an Effort

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. – Igor Stravinsky

25 August – HKFO, Vassily Sinaisky & Dominique Moralez

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Orchestra: Hong Kong Festival Orchestra

Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky

Tenor: Dominique Moralez

Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Berlioz Requiem

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I seem to have a theme recently – see some choral music with extra brass situated on each side for the surround sound effect! It was First night of the Proms with Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and now Berlioz’s Requiem. (I also realised I’ll be seeing Belshazzar’s Feast again later this season with HKPhil!)

The brass were situated in four groups, two to the left and two to the right, to demonstrate the four corners of the world. This was particularly effective in the movement as the sections entered one after another. There were definitely some Verdi- type moments within the piece.

It was lovely to see the Rowlands family again and I managed to have a photo with the two music students before we parted ways.

(L to R) Abigail, me and Isabelle

(L to R) Abigail, me and Isabelle

Here is a video of Berlioz Requiem from the Proms conducted by Sir Colin Davis:

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