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52. My New HKPO Concert Season's Selections

To me the current Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Season will end on June 26, 2014 as I finally hear on that day in my last concert Schubert's Symphony no.8 "Unfinished"(舒伯特的第八交響曲「未完成」), Beethoven's Piano Concerto no.1(貝多芬的第一鋼琴協奏曲)and Brahms's (orch. Schoenberg) Piano Quartet no.1(布拉姆斯(荀伯克配器)的第一鋼琴四重奏). As to the coming 2014-15 HKPO Concert Season I have most delightedly subscribed to 11 concerts including the Season Opening Concert on September 6, 2014. Jaap van Zweden, the very competent Music Director of the Orchestra, has almost achieved his objective as to render the Orchestra as the most acclaimed and successful orchestra in Asia. It seems increasingly certain that he could eventually turn out to be a highly admired and popular music director in the heart of many Hong Kong classical music lovers.

The following is a chronological list of my future concert programmes in the new concert season, most of them my most favourite masterpieces of some of my most favourite composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. It is worthy to mention here that the HK Phil is going to begin an awesome journey of performing Wagner's mammoth Ring Cycle as operas in concert over four years, "Das Rheingold" being the heralding piece in the new concert season.

I am very much looking forward to being absorbed in these marvellous entertainments as well as superior enjoyments:

1. September 6, 2014 (The Season Opening Concert)
BRAHMS Piano Concerto no.1
布拉姆斯 第一鋼琴協奏曲
WAGNER "Tristan und Isolde": Prelude and Liebestod
華格納 《崔斯坦與伊索爾德》:前奏曲及愛之死
R. STRAUSS "Der Rosenkavalier Suite"
李察•史特勞斯 《玫瑰騎士組曲》

2. November 7, 2014
MENDELSSOHN Symphony no.4 "Italian"
孟德爾遜 第四交響曲「意大利」
HANDEL "Zadok the Priest"
韓德爾 《牧師扎多克》
MOZART "Ave verum corpus"
莫扎特 《聖體頌》
BEETHOVEN "Choral Fantasy"
貝多芬 《合唱幻想曲》

3. November 12, 2014
BRAHMS
布拉姆斯
"Academic Festival Overture"
《大學節慶序曲》
Symphony no.4
第四交響曲
Symphony no.1
第一交響曲

4. November 15, 2014
BRAHMS
布拉姆斯
"Tragic Overture"
《悲劇序曲》
Symphony no.3
第三交響曲
Symphony no.2
第二交響曲

5. December 18, 2014
MOZART Piano Concerto no.24
莫扎特 第二十四鋼琴協奏曲
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony no.4
柴可夫斯基 第四交響曲

6. December 19, 2014
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto no.1
柴可夫斯基 第一鋼琴協奏曲
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony no.4
柴可夫斯基 第四交響曲

7. January 24, 2015
WAGNER "Das Rheingold" (opera in concert)
華格納 《萊茵的黃金》(歌劇音樂會)

8. May 16 2015
MOZART Piano Concerto no.18 "Paradis"
莫扎特 第十八鋼琴協奏曲「天堂」
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony no.11 "The Year 1905"
蕭斯達高維契 第十一交響曲「1905年」

9. May 23, 2015
HAYDN "The Creation" (sung in English)
海頓 《創世紀》(英語演唱)

10. June 13, 2015
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto no.3
貝多芬 第三鋼琴協奏曲
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony no.9
蕭斯達高維契 第九交響曲

11. July 4, 2015
LISZT "Les preludes"
李斯特 《前奏曲》
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
柴可夫斯基 小提琴協奏曲
STRAVINSKY "Song of the Nightingale"
史特拉汶斯基 《夜鶯之歌》
STRAVINSKY "The Firebird Suite"
史特拉汶斯基 《火鳥組曲》

(Written on May 30, 2014)