Orchestra: Hong Kong Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky
Tenor: Dominique Moralez
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
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.
Here is a video of Berlioz Requiem from the Proms conducted by Sir Colin Davis: