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LondonMusic of Today: Wu Wei artist portrait

Music of Today: Wu Wei artist portrait
Tiensuu, Jia, Adámek
Philharmonia Orchestra; Jonathan Stockhammer; Wu Wei

HamburgHamburger Camerata

Kodály, Schneider, Hindemith, Beethoven
Hamburger Camerata; Simon Gaudenz; Hiyoli Togawa; Wu Wei
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Modernism trumps romanticism with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Hong Kong Sinfonietta © Hong Kong Sinfonietta Ltd.
Stravinsky and Arvo Pärt’s modernism trumps Rachmaninov’s romanticism with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. 
***11
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Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra with Long Yu © Guangzhou Symphony
East meets West meets East in a disappointing display of homogenised, sugar-coated music-making in Birmingham
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Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at BBC Proms

Wu Wei plays the sheng in Unsuk Chin’s Šu © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A ravishing performance from the Myung-Wung Chung Seoul Philharmonic for the orchestra's BBC Proms première.
****1
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Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Yip Wing-sie in a fine Toronto debut at Koerner Hall

Loo Sze-wang with Yip Wing-sie and Hong Kong Sinfonietta  ©  HK Sinfonietta Ltd
To mark the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta was invited to kick-start the Koerner Hall’s chamber music series as part of their debut tour in North American. Despite competing concerts held downtown that very same evening, those who supported the HKS were rewarded by their fine performances.
****1
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Unsuk Chin Total Immersion, Barbican

Unsuk Chin  ©  Eric Richmond
Unsuk Chin's music is extravagant. This must have been a shockingly expensive concert to produce. The stage at the Barbican had to be extended to fit the massive orchestra, and the whole middle section of the stalls was closed off for safety reasons. The two intervals lasted longer than usual because there was so much equipment to move.
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