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(RBSO) การแสดงดนตรีนานาชาติเฉลิมพระเกียรติ 2560 : Hitomi Niikura plays Elgar Concerto

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11 August 2017 , 10 am onward.

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Saturday September 2, 2017 8.00 pm

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Youthful Japanese violoncello sensation Hitomi Niikura has very recently recorded Elgar’s melancholic Cello Concerto for Sony Music Direct. Come and see her perform what many classical fans consider to be the jewel in the crown for cello soloists with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO). Niikura feels a particularly close affinity with this work. Exploring its profoundly conceived and deeply felt score, brimming with English introspection, is sure to bring back happy memories for Niikura as she will recall her previous successful collaboration with the RBSO in the Thailand Cultural Centre only a few years ago. Joined by inspirational Dutch conductor Michel Tilkin, himself no stranger to Thailand or the RBSO, the cellist is an increasingly sought-after soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician who regularly appears at major venues at home and internationally, including in Switzerland. As an artist at EMI Music Japan she has released three highly praised albums.

Ravel’s hauntingly beautiful Pavane pour une infant défunte will start this concert, its plaintive opening horn solo in keeping with the mood of the Elgar concerto which follows, but in the second half conductor Tilkin and the RBSO will present something very different. César Franck composed a quite incredible Symphony in D minor in 1888. It is a late nineteenth century French orchestral behemoth which is, quite simply, as breathtaking as it is intriguing. With so many Wagnerian overtones in its language and construction, it is effectively a ‘French-German’ hybrid symphony – that alone sets it apart from the rest of the repertoire and has ensured the continued fascination of audiences with it to the present day. It uses the Romantic period cyclic technique of shared themes between movements in a quite ingenious way. The central movement’s hypnotic use of harp arpeggios and the awe-inspiring vitality of the finale in particular stand out as iconic highlights in the entire symphonic literature.

Michel Tilkin had the honour of conducting the RBSO’s 30th anniversary celebration concert in 2013, and such is the increasingly strong bond between himself and the orchestra he was also invited to conduct them at last year’s prestigious ‘Asian Orchestra Week’ in Tokyo, Japan. Scintillating music-making is in store for this concert – book your tickets now!

by Daniel James Hudson


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