30 Jul 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

I am breaking the rule for a couple Sundays - these cantatas are being shared with you, not because of its relevance to the liturgical calendar, but because Die Konzertisten and Cammer Musicus, our local baroque orchestra, are performing them! On 8 and...

29 Jul 2017


[Vocal Saturday]


One doesn't get to hear Monteverdi Vespers in Hong Kong often, even rarer does one get to hear it performed by a local choir, reinforced by oversea soloists and a period ensemble comprises of players both local and abroad. This Sunday evening is your...

28 Jul 2017

[Instrumental Friday]

The String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 by Mozart, nicknamed "Dissonance" on account of its unusual slow introduction, is perhaps the most famous of his quartets. It is the last in the set of six quartets composed between 1782 and 1785 that he...

26 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]


Monteverdi's Vespro della beata Vergine, or simply Vespers of 1610, 'is an iconic work in more ways than one. For the composer...it was a calculated summation of his skill as a writer of sacred music...[it is] one of the great pillars of the Baroque vo...

25 Jul 2017


[Instrumental Wednesday]

L’Apothéose de Lully was François Couperin’s (1668 - 1733) homage to his great musical predecessor, Lully, and depicts the elder composer’s elevation to Mount Parnassus. On Parnassus, Lully and Corelli meet and are persuaded by Apollo that the...

24 Jul 2017

[Vocal Tuesday]

Johann Hermann Schein (1586 - 1630) was one of the most important early Baroque German composers. He was known for his use of Italian late Renaissance madrigalistic style. He wrote over 350 sacred works and near a hundred secular ones. Here is a motet 'D...

23 Jul 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 (Contested rest! beloved pleasure of the soul!) is one of Bach's best-loved solo cantatas. The work was written in 1726 for an alto solo. It takes the form and structure of the secular Italian solo cantata com...

22 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

Monteverdi's madrigals hold a special place in music history, they defined the early Baroque aesthetics, the stille moderno, and the stille concitato. Here is an example from his Book 8 of madrigals. If you like this music, a group of local young choral...

21 Jul 2017

[Instrumental Friday]

The story of Don Quixote provides inspiration to composers across the eras. We are perhaps most familiar with Richard Strauss's famous setting. Telemann also wrote an orchestral suite for strings under the same title. Here is the third movement, in...

20 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]

Handel wrote 'Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' (The Triumph of Time and Enlightenment) when he was 22. It was his very first Italian oratorio. Why am I posting this? Because it is my sister's favourite Handel oratorio :) Congrats again Alison Lau...

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