Mu­si­cal Jour­ney in May

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Pu Songlin, pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld

As spring and sum­mer meet, the Na­tional Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts May Fes­ti­val 2017 is soon com­ing, tak­ing lis­ten­ers on a jour­ney of 17 clas­si­cal mu­sic con­certs.

As spring and sum­mer meet, the NCPA (Na­tional Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts) May Fes­ti­val 2017 is soon com­ing, tak­ing lis­ten­ers on a jour­ney of 17 clas­si­cal mu­sic con­certs in May. “From Baroque to Beethoven,” var­i­ous gen­res of cham­ber mu­sic will be per­formed for au­di­ences.

Dur­ing the his­tor­i­cal pe­riod of clas­si­cal mu­sic, nu­mer­ous mas­ter­pieces were com­posed by great mu­si­cians such as Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach (1685–1750), Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), Felix Men­delssohn (1809–1847) and An­tonín Dvořák (1841–1904). Among them, pi­ano con­cer­tos, Triple Con­certo, and string quar­tets by Ger­man com­poser Lud­wig van Beethoven (1770–1827) are in­com­pa­ra­ble clas­sics.

With ten years of qual­ity mu­sic, the May Fes­ti­val this year will un­veil the mys­ter­ies of clas­si­cal mu­sic. This May, with flow­ers in full bloom, come and set foot on a jour­ney of clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Po­etic Phi­los­o­phy Beethoven Con­cert by Lars Vogt & Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia Date: May 18, 2017

Beethoven is great per­haps in that he brought mu­sic back to the earth from the al­tar. Hu­man souls un­fold in his mu­sic, re­flect­ing com­mon peo­ple's long­ing for happiness and beauty as well as their strug­gles, suf­fer­ings and con­fu­sions. Beethoven was in­no­va­tive and pro­gres­sive in his mu­sic, and to audience's amaze­ment, led the clas­si­cal to the ro­man­tic in his hey­day.

This time, Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia, the UK'S best cham­ber or­ches­tra, led by its newlyap­pointed mu­sic di­rec­tor Lars Vogt, will per­form Beethoven's five pi­ano con­cer­tos— mag­nif­i­cent her­itage of pi­ano lit­er­a­ture—and Sym­phony No.7 and No.8, two mas­ter­pieces re­flect­ing his deep thoughts on des­tiny, na­ture, life and death. The per­for­mance will take au­di­ences back to Beethoven's po­etic world of mu­sic.

Voice of Scan­di­navia ‘Clas­si­cal and Sim­ple’ Con­cert by Trond­heim Soloists Date: May 19, 2017

Sim­ple, nat­u­ral, en­er­getic, in­no­va­tive—these words ap­ply to Nor­way's Trond­heim Soloist Or­ches­tra. Founded in 1988, the or­ches­tra was first set to gather top mu­sic tal­ents from Trond­heim to per­form to­gether. To­day, it has be­come one of the most fa­mous or­ches­tras in Nor­way with its unique, open and dis­tinct or­ches­tral mu­sic. Mu­si­cal in­ge­nu­ity, faith and pre­cious cu­rios­ity in mu­sic unite its or­ches­tral mem­bers to, in­stead of “play­ing it safe,” re­lent­lessly in­no­vate and pur­sue the very mu­sic they want to play and con­vey to au­di­ences.

At this May Fes­ti­val, Trond­heim Soloists will per­form clas­sic pieces in­clud­ing

Beethoven's string quar­tet Op. 95 and Mozart's pi­ano con­certo KV.415. With vim and vigour, the mu­sic is ex­pected to de­liver a har­mo­nious con­cert.

Love Mu­sic, Love Life China Trio by Lü Siqing, Qin Li­wei, Sun Yingdi

Date: May 20, 2017

Con­fu­cius once said, “You can al­ways find some­thing to learn from peo­ple who keep you com­pany.” Maybe this proverb also ap­plies to the China Trio. Shar­ing a sim­i­lar back­ground in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion, ca­reer achieve­ments and high as­pi­ra­tions, vi­o­lin­ist Lü Siqing, cel­list Qin Li­wei and pi­anist Sun Yingdi “clicked” with each other and soon be­came close friends. In their ca­reers the three are out­stand­ing in their own fields, hav­ing won nu­mer­ous hon­ours and be­com­ing world fa­mous. Spurred by a com­mon en­thu­si­asm for cham­ber mu­sic, the three mu­si­cians formed their own or­ches­tra—china Trio—in hopes of pro­mot­ing their mu­si­cal style.

The ele­gant pi­ano trios har­mo­niously played by China Trio evoke for au­di­ences the beauty of mu­sic. The or­ches­tra's per­for­mance is sure to sat­isfy each soul off stage. This con­cert fea­tures works by Mau­rice Ravel and Jo­hannes Brahms, set­ting a goal for the three per­form­ers to strive for har­mo­nious co­op­er­a­tion with high mu­si­cal stan­dards.

Rus­sia’s

String Mu­sic Leg­end String Quar­tet Con­cert by Borodin Quar­tet Date: May 24, 2017

To ev­ery­one's sur­prise, the Borodin Quar­tet, founded in 1945 by four stu­dents of the Moscow Con­ser­va­tory, has ac­tu­ally been ac­tive in per­for­mance for years on end. De­spite changes over time, the string quar­tet has man­aged to main­tain tra­di­tions in Rus­sian mu­sic, cre­at­ing a leg­end. With four in­de­pen­dent mu­si­cians, it also owns a six­teen­stringed in­stru­ment of su­perb tim­bre. Its tonal beauty, skil­ful­ness, and deep un­der­stand­ing of mu­sic are never dimmed but get pol­ished over time, mainly at­trib­uted to its four mem­bers: Ruben Aha­ro­nian, Sergey Lo­movsky, Igor Naidin, and Vladimir Bal­shin.

For more than 70 years, Borodin Quar­tet has been widely praised for its ren­di­tions of works by Beethoven and Shostakovich and its deep un­der­stand­ing of cham­ber mu­sic. The quar­tet keeps a close friend­ship with com­poser Shostakovich, who used to guide all of them in their per­for­mance.

If you want to lis­ten to the best ren­di­tions of Beethoven and Shostakovich, this May, come to the NCPA and indulge yourself in the leg­endary mu­sic of Borodin Quar­tet. Don't miss out!

Am­ber be­side the Baltic Sea Spe­cial Tour Per­for­mance on Gi­don Kre­mer’s 70th Birth­day by Kre­mer­ata Baltica & Con­certo Bu­dapest Sym­phonic Or­ches­tra Date: May 25, 2017

In 900 BC, the Baltic peo­ple set­tled down in Latvia and be­gan to trade with an­cient Rome, us­ing am­ber, a lo­cal good used as a cur­rency. To­day, from Latvia's cap­i­tal Riga—the beat­ing heart of the Baltic Sea, comes Gi­don Kre­mer, a top vi­o­lin­ist, who's trav­elled a long way to per­form clas­si­cal vi­o­lin for Chi­nese au­di­ences, on the oc­ca­sion of his 70th birth­day.

Born into a mu­si­cian fam­ily, Gi­don Kre­mer re­ceived a rig­or­ous and tra­di­tional mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion since child­hood and rose to his ca­reer peak af­ter many achieve­ments. In the past half cen­tury, he has set foot on nearly all the ma­jor stages around the world and won world­wide ac­claim. Gi­don Kre­mer man­ages to han­dle dif­fer­ent mu­sic gen­res, from clas­si­cism to ro­man­ti­cism, and even to later-gen­er­a­tion mu­sic mas­ter­pieces. While ad­her­ing to tra­di­tions, Kre­mer is care­ful to make fresh and orig­i­nal mu­sic. He is widely con­sid­ered a con­tem­po­rary artist.

Twenty years ago, Gi­don Kre­mer founded Kre­mer­ata Baltica, in­tend­ing to share his mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence with young mu­si­cians in Baltic coun­tries. To­day, this 70-year-old mu­si­cian in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion will lead Kre­mer­ata Baltica and Con­certo Bu­dapest Sym­phonic Or­ches­tra, a time-hon­oured Hun­gar­ian or­ches­tra with more than 100 years of his­tory, pre­sent­ing to Chi­nese au­di­ences a pas­tiche of clas­si­cal vi­o­lin con­cer­tos by Bach.

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