|Principal Guest Conductor||Christoph Poppen|
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43
Symphony No 8 in F, Op 93
Sonata for Piano & Violin No 5 in F, Op 24, “Spring”
Violin: Christoph Poppen
Encouraged by the positive response of the first “Back On Stage” film, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta ventured to record this second film – with a full orchestra and two artists from Germany: Principal Guest Conductor Christoph Poppen and pianist Alexander Krichel, who quarantined in a Hong Kong hotel for a full 14 days prior to their first rehearsal.
Hong Kong Sinfonietta recorded this concert at the City Hall Concert Hall in Sept 2020, without an audience but as a live concert, with no fewer than nine 4K cameras.
The concert opens with the exuberant Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, followed by Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, which signifies a grounded sense of joy and serenity. As a bonus, the audience is blessed with the warm sunshine of Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata for piano and violin, promising new hope for a new beginning.
“Back On Stage II (Quarantined!)” was screened 21 times at Broadway Cinemas all over Hong Kong from November 2020 to June 2021, receiving rapturous applause throughout.
*With post-screening sharing session:
– Yip Wing-sie (Music Director Emeritus, Hong Kong Sinfonietta)