Deutsche Gram­mophon an­niver­sary con­cert held in Bei­jing

Global Times US Edition - - LIFE - By Huang Tingt­ing

A con­cert cel­e­brat­ing the 120th an­niver­sary of Deutsche Gram­mophon – one of the world’s old­est clas­si­cal record brands – kicked off at the For­bid­den City’s Im­pe­rial An­ces­tral Tem­ple in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day, bring­ing over­seas mu­sic stars and Chi­nese mu­si­cians to the cap­i­tal.

Fa­mous Chi­nese con­duc­tor Yu Long and the Shanghai Sym­phony Or­ches­tra opened the con­cert with Chi­nese com­poser Liu Tian­hua’s En­chanted Night be­fore an au­di­ence made up of peo­ple from China and abroad.

High­lights of the night in­cluded Rus­sian pi­anist Daniil Tri­fonov per­form­ing Rach­mani­nov’s Se­cond Pi­ano Con­certo with Yu and the Chi­nese or­ches­tra as well as Rus­sian so­prano Aida Gar­i­ful­lina – who per­formed at the 2018 Rus­sia World Cup open­ing cer­e­mony – singing Ger­man com­poser Carl Orff’s can­tata Carmina Bu­rana along with Bri­tish tenor Toby Spence, French bari­tone Lu­dovic Tézier and mem­bers of the Shanghai Spring Chil­dren’s Choir and Vi­enna’s Wiener Sin­gakademie.

“It is my first-time co­op­er­a­tion with Mae­stro Yu Long and the Shanghai Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, which I am very happy about,” Tri­fonov told the Global Times in an in­ter­view be­fore the per­for­mance.

“I would say the ex­pe­ri­ence to play in such a his­tor­i­cal place is very unique,” Tri­fonov said.

“The gala con­cert was un­for­get­table,” com­mented Cle- mens Traut­mann, pres­i­dent of Deutsche Gram­mophon, as quoted in a state­ment from the or­ga­niz­ers.

“The con­cert’s his­toric na­ture was en­hanced by its iconic set­ting in front of the Im­pe­rial An­ces­tral Tem­ple and the walls of the For­bid­den City.”

The Im­pe­rial An­ces­tral Tem­ple is a na­tional key cul­tural site that once served as an im­pe­rial tem­ple dur­ing the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dy­nas­ties and is now used to hold com­mer­cial events from time to time.

Ma­jor mu­sic con­certs held at the site in­clude a 2001 con­cert by The Three Tenors –Plá­cido Domingo and José Car­reras from Spain and the Ital­ian Lu­ciano Pavarotti, as well as a 1998 per­for­mance of Ital­ian com­poser Gi­a­como Puc­cini’s opera Tu­ran­dot con­ducted by world-renowned In­dian con­duc­tor Zu­bin Mehta and di­rected by Chi­nese di­rec­tor Zhang Yi­mou.

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