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Angela Hewitt Shuttles between Baroque and Classical Eras
on 1 & 2 May

16-04-2010

[16 April 2010 –Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) presents two “Angela Hewitt plays Mozart & Bach” concerts on 1 & 2 May (Friday & Saturday), 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.  

Directing from the keyboard, Hewitt contrasts, in each half of this programme,the closely woven contrapuntal textures of Back’s concertos with Mozart’s eloquent and expansive dialogue between the piano and orchestra. Only limited tickets are available.

The Pre-eminent Bach Pianist of Our TimeAngela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. Completed in 2005, her eleven-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times) and has won her a huge following. She has been hailed as “the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time” (The Guardian) and “nothing less than the pianist who will define Bach performance on the piano for years to come” (Stereophile). She has a vast repertoire ranging from Couperin to the contemporary.

Angela Hewitt has performed throughout North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Israel, China, Mexico, Turkey and the former Soviet Union. Highlights of recent seasons include her debuts in Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and with the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as a North American tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her recitals have taken her to the festivals of Edinburgh, Osaka, Prague, Hong Kong, Schleswig-Holstein, Brescia/Bergamo, and Oslo to name but a few. Her frequent Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall recitals in London sell out months in advance. As a chamber musician she has joined international artists at Lincoln Center in New York and in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. A special DVD lecture-recital entitled "Bach Performance on the Piano" was released by Hyperion to co-incide with the tour. In July 2005, Angela Hewitt launched her own Trasimeno Music Festival in the heart of Umbria near Perugia. Now an annual event, it draws an international audience to the Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione, on the shores of Lake Trasimeno.

Angela Hewitt began her piano studies aged three, performing in public at four and a year later winning her first scholarship. She won First Prize in Italy’s Viotti Competition (1978) and was a top prizewinner in the International Bach competitions of Leipzig and Washington D.C. as well as the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, the Casadesus Competition in Cleveland and the Dino Ciani Competition at La Scala, Milan.

Angela Hewitt was named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006. She was awarded the first ever BBC Radio 3 Listener’s Award (Royal Philharmonic Society Awards) in 2003. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006.

The Queen of Baroque Plays Magnificent Keyboard Concertos
Angela Hewitt will direct the HKPO from the piano playing four keyboard pieces, including the two keyboard concertos by Bach and two piano concertos by Mozart. Bach revisited the seven harpsichord concertos first assembled between 1737 and 1739; however none of the seven was actually an original keyboard concerto. The Fifth in F minor (BWV 1056) comprising movements from earlier concertos for violin and oboe. Two famous piano concertos of Mozart will be brought to the audience in the second part of the concert.

Angela Hewitt’s Mozart & Bach
1&2 | 5 | 2010
sat & sun 8pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$420 $320 $220 $160
Available at URBTIX now

Artists

Angela Hewitt

director / piano



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Programme

BACH : Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV1056

MOZART : Piano Concerto No.27 in B-flat, K.595

BACH : Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058

MOZART : Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466


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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

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 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 successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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