Friday, 14 October 2011

Hausmusik @ Bukit Damai

There's at least one household in Singapore that still believes in Hausmusik, that is music-making by friends and family members as a matter of fun and recreation, be it after a meal or during a birthday celebration. That is de rigeuer in the Franks family at Bukit Damai, a historic villa in Alexandra Park. Here's what happened on the evening of Friday 14 October 2011.

The host himself, Neil Franks, performed some solos, including Liszt's La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell (from Annees de pelerinage) and Debussy's Sarabande from Pour le piano.
Ana Jovanovic from Serbia performed the finale from Prokofiev's Sonata No.2, a veritable finger twister in tarantella rhythm.
Master and student, Boris Kraljevic and Neil Franks play the Berceuse from Faure's Dolly Suite.
NAFA colleagues at work and play, Rena Phua-Cheung and Boris Kraljevic take on Mozart's Sonata in D major for 4 hands - all three movements!
Its the turn for six hands, Boris, Neil and Tou Liang in Rachmaninov's Romance, originally composed for three sisters. PianoManiac took the easiest part, of course.
Some lighter fare, Thomas Frost (not the record producer!) on saxophone and pianist Jeremy Wong play jazz standards, including Take Five as the ladies swooned.

Eight hands on two pianos in a transcription of Rossini's William Tell Overture. PianoManiac was lucky to be paired with the lovely but less fortunate Ana Jovanovic.
Finally. Rena, Boris and Neil polish off the Grand Gallop de Concert, Qui Vive by Wilhelm Ganz. It was a total blast! We're all looking forward to the next dinner!

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