Season Opening Concert

MD Series

Season Opening Concert

2019-09-20 Fri 19:30National Concert Hall500 800 1200 1600 2000Buy
Shao-Chia Lü, conductor
Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Ling-Hui Lin, soprano
Jo-Pei Weng, alto
Ezio Kong, tenor
Chan-Yu Yeh, baritone
Shun-Hsu Chuang, chorus master
NTU Alumni Chorus
Shih-Ling Hsiung, chorus master
Taipei Philharmonic Children's Choir

Chun-Wei Lee:The Last Mile
Ludwig van Beethoven : Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.19
Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Before they became world renowned composers influencing their contemporaries and later generations, both Beethoven and Mahler had already manifested their unparalleled talent in the early years of their careers. Published as his second, though written first, Beethoven's Piano Concerto in B-flat major is a battle horse in concert which Beethoven used to conquer the Viennese audience’s hearts. The forceful rhythms, brilliant techniques and merry tone in the work thoroughly reveal a young person’s ambition. Yet the technique for expression during slow movements shows unexpected maturity. With Meng-Chieh Liu as soloist, the music is sure to stir your emotions.

A work which Mahler himself recognized as “the first work in which I really came into my own as ‘Mahler’”, the music and lyrics for Das klagende Lied were both written by Mahler. After numerous revisions, it was finally presented on a grandiose scale including a full orchestra, large mixed-voice chorus, several vocal soloists, addtional an offstage orchestra. The work features Mahler’s unrestrained romantic sentiment. Requiring extensive preparation due to the scale of this piece, Das klagende Lied’s premiere in Taiwan will be a monumental event in the Asian classical music circle. At the same time, Chun-Wei Lee’s The Last Mile is a must-hear masterpiece.

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