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13. Unexpectedly Agreeable and Rich

The concert of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong at Tsuen Wan Town Hall on March 8, 2009 was unexpectedly agreeable and rich. The programme contained Joseph Haydn's Symphony No.63 in C Major "La Roxelane" and Cello Concerto in D Major, Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor, RV 531, and Boris Tchaikovsky's Sinfonietta for Strings. The conductor of this night's concert was Alexander Rudin who was also the soloist in Haydn's and Vivaldi's concertos, Artem Konstantinov being the other soloist in Vivaldi's concerto.

Haydn, honoured the Father of Symphonies due to his establishment of the symphony format, composed a total of 104 symphonies, which set good examples to the composition of symphonies by his successors Mozart and Beethoven. The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in this night's concert exhibited unexpected fluency and confidence in the performance of Haydn's Symphony No.63 which is elegant and delightful.

The concert was immediately followed by Haydn's Cello Concerto in D Major. This and his C Major Cello Concerto are the most important two cello concertos in the Classical Period of classical music. The timbre of the cello is fully exploited in this concerto and the soloist's mastery of the instrument in this night's concert was exceptional as well.

After the intermission, Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor, RV 531 was performed with, in addition to Rudin as one of the cello soloists, Konstantinov, the principal cellist of the orchestra, as the other cello soloist in this concerto. Vivaldi, probably the most important Italian composer in the Baroque Period of classical music, composed over five hundred concertos, 26 of which are set for the cello as the solo instrument. The double cello concerto in this night's concert is, however, very unique on its own, being the only Vivaldi's concerto set for two solo cellos. Both Rudin and Konstantinov played superbly and the orchestra also did its job extraordinarily well.

The orchestra chose to play a rather modern composition, Sinfonietta for Strings of Boris Tchaikovsky (1925-1996) as the ending programme of this night's concert. Boris Tchaikovsky (no relation at all to the other famous Tchaikovsky), one of the second generation of Soviet composers, composed a creditable quantity of works and the Sinfonietta for Strings in G Minor may be one of his best known. Once again, the orchestra's fluency in skill made an excellent interpretation of the music.

(Written on March 16, 2009)