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Richard Bamping to replace Mørk in Dvořák 24 & 25 April

22 April 2009

Hong Kong, 22 April 2009 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces today that Truls Mørk has cancelled his appearances in Hong Kong owing to health problems. HKPO Principal Cellist Richard Bamping will replace Mørk as the soloist in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor. The concerts on 24 & 25 April (Friday and Saturday) will be held at 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. The HKPO will perform Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Symphony No. 3 in F major under the baton of Maestro Edo de Waart.

Music

“Why on earth didn’t I know that one could write a cello concerto like this? If I had only known, I would have written one long ago!”  Praised Brahms, Dvořák’s friend and mentor, on the latter’s famed Cello Concerto in B minor. The first movement of the concerto starts with a lengthy introduction by the orchestra with the clarinet, ushering in the main theme which offers plenty of opportunities to exploit the soloist’s virtuosity. The second theme – a particular favourite of Dvořák’s – allows the cello to bare its soul in music of unforgettable lyricism. 

Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 is notable for its unity and achieved by the use of a “motto theme” – a rising sequence of three notes, F, A flat and F. This particular “motto theme” had been devised by Brahms in 1853 to represent the words “frei aber froh” (“free but happy”) to counter a comment frequently made by the violinist Joachim, “frei aber einsam” (“free but lonely”).  On the 4-movement work, Clara Schumann declared that “all the movements seem to be of one piece, one beat of the heart, each one a jewel!”

Brahms composed two of his most famous works, the Academic Festival Overture, a playful, rousing medley of student songs, and the Tragic Overture in 1880.It opens with two biting chords, like the hammer, blows of fate, and finishes angrily and decisively after a building up of lyricism, expressiveness and passages of wintry desolation.

Edo de Waart, conductor
Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, having held distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. This is his 5th season with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Richard Bamping, cello
Richard Bamping has held the title of Principal Cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993. His many solo appearances with the Philharmonic have been greeted with critical acclaims. In 1990, Leonard Bernstein chose Richard Bamping to play Principal Cello for the first Pacific Music Festival in Japan, where he also worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas and Marin Alsop. In January this year, Richard performed Tan Dun’s The Map in Taiwan and Shenzhen, under the baton of the composer.

Richard’s cello, dated 1674, was made in Cremona by Andrea Guarneri and is one of only 8 surviving examples of his work.

Truls Mørk plays Dvořák
24 & 25-4-2009 Fri & Sat 8PM
HK City Hall Concert Hall
Ticket Price: HK$300 $250 $200 $150
Weekday 10% discount

Artists:
Edo de Waart conductor
Richard Bamping cello

Programme:
Brahms Tragic Overture
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major
Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor

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Edo de Waart Richard Bamping

About the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

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 in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances. HKPO stays in tune with our city by presenting the biggest outdoor symphonic concert of the year, Swire Symphony Under the Stars at Happy Valley in the 0708 season. In 0809 season the Orchestra undertook a major six-concert tour of China, including the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and Shanghai Grand Theatre under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart.

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