Rémi Geniet Plays Rachmaninov No 2
Making his Hong Kong debut in these two concerts, young French pianist Rémi Geniet first plays chamber music before turning to one of the great romantic piano concertos in the repertoire.
In his Hong Kong début, young French pianist Rémi Geniet takes the lead in Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Second Piano Concerto, supported by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and its Music Director Yip Wing-sie. But Geniet is not the only soloist. The evening opens with concertmaster James Cuddeford as soloist in a raptly delicate piece by Estonian musical mystic Arvo Pärt, Darf Ich (Can I…) dating from 1995. More recent still is the Asian première of Hark the Phoenix Solitaire Cry by Chan Hing-yan, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s current Artist Associate 2016-2018), Written for Hong Kong’s foremost sheng performer Loo Sze-wang, Chan’s music creates an atmospheric sound world across musical boundaries. And talking of phoenixes, Stravinsky’s musical evocation of just such a bird ends the concert in his 1919 suite from his ballet The Firebird.