Musical Journey in May
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.
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.