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Monthly focus: Music in Asia

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVES AROUND ASIA
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TokyoSir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Grime, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

TokyoSchubert, Strauss, Beethoven, Haydn

Schubert, Strauss R., Beethoven, Haydn
Radek Baborák; Paavo Järvi; NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Hong KongA National Day Concert: Butterfly Lovers & Long March

Yip, Chen Gang, Ding
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Huang Yi; Zhi-Jong Wang

TokyoSir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ravel, Szymanowski, Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Janine Jansen

TokyoDie Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Roland Böer; William Kentridge; New National Theatre; Greta Goiris; Steve Davislim; Masako Hayashi

TokyoSuntory Hall Organ Promenade Concert

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Energetic Rachmaninov under Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden © Wong Kin Chung
The Hong Kong Philharmonic opens its 45th season with Mozart, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov. 
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The Casals in Tokyo: Pushing the boundaries too far?

Cuarteto Casals © Suntory Hall
Cuerteto Casals delivers audience the gems of Beethoven String Quartets at their full potential at Suntory Hall Blue Rose Hall. 
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A masterclass in chamber playing at Suntory Hall

Tatsuki Narita, Mami Hagiwara and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi © Suntory Hall
Intergenerational ensemble-making was the key feature of the opening concert of Suntory Hall's Chamber Music Garden festival, produced by eminent cellist and the hall's President Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
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Unsuk Chin presides over Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

Yoichi Sugiyama and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra © Michiharu Okubo | Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foudation
Asian themes were felt in some of the works selected for the final of this composition award.

Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
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Fantastic evening of “Scottish Fantasy” with the Hong Kong Phil

Long Yu © Askonas Holt
Scotch snap aplenty in evening of “Scottish Fantasy” with Hong Kong Philharmonic. 
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