PAINTING WITH SOUND Closes the HK Phil's 2016-17 Season

PAINTING WITH SOUND Closes the HK Phil's 2016-17 SeasonOn 7 & 8 July in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) will close its 2016/17 Season with a dazzling palette of vibrant colours and shimmering sounds. Two world-class harp virtuosos - Isabelle Moretti and Xavier de Maistre - will perform music by Debussy and Ravel as well as an enchanting arrangement for harp and orchestra of a Mozart piano concerto. Conductor Jun Märkl will also direct the HK Phil in Debussy's Images which dips into the folk melodies of Britain, Spain and France, and is sure to leave you breathless with its spectacular aural images.

Audiences will hear French Harpist Xavier de Maistre performing Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 19. In 2013 he decided to enlarge the repertory of his instrument by selecting some works by Mozart and arranging them for harp. Among these was Mozart's 19th Piano Concerto, which was originally completed in Vienna in December 1784. Its suitability for the harp lies largely in the fact that the orchestra comprises just gentle strings and woodwind.

Isabelle Moretti will be featured in Debussy's voluptuous Sacred and Profane and Ravel's lush Introduction and Allegro, two of the great masterpieces of the French harp and orchestra repertory, both of which show their composers' marvellous gifts for instrumental timbre and orchestral colour. Their rich and sumptuous harmonies along with their magical melodies provide a warm glow to music of almost sensuous beauty,

Finally, Jun Märkl leads the orchestra through three countries of which Debussy had first-hand experience in his three-movement orchestral suite, Images. The first movement offers his view of Northern England, the second the colourful dances of Spain and finally the joyful celebrations of springtime in France.

Masterworks: Painting with Sound will be held on 7 & 8 July (Fri & Sat) at 8PM in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Ticket prices: HK$480, $380, $280, $180 are now available at URBTIX. For enquiries, please visit www.hkphil.org.

Partner: World Harp Congress

Artists

Jun Märkl, conductor [full biography]

Jun Märkl has long been known as a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French impressionists. His long-standing relationships at the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Semperoper Dresden have in recent years been complemented by his Music Directorships of the Orchestre National de Lyon (2005-11) and MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (to 2012). He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Basque National Orchestra for 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. His busy schedule takes him to guest conduct the world's leading orchestras including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, NHK Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.

Isabelle Moretti, harp [full biography]

Isabelle Moretti has been awarded prizes at international harp competitions in Geneva, Munich and Israel, and has performed all over the world. She has appeared with many orchestras including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunks, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and more. Moretti's solo repertoire ranges from the eighteenth century and the first sonatas for pedal harp to the most complex contemporary world premieres, which she frequently programmes in her recitals.

Xavier de Maistre, harp [full biography]

Xavier de Maistre belongs to an elite category of soloists who are redefining what is possible with their instrument. Aside from commissions from composers such as Kaija Saariaho, he performs works like Smetana's Má Vlast presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works has contributed to his reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation.

MASTERWORKS: PAINTING WITH SOUND

7 & 8 | 7 | 2017

FRI & SAT 8PM

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

HK$480 $380 $280 $180

Tickets are now available at URBTIX

For ages 6 and above

Photo Credit: Cheung Wai Lok/HK Phil

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