Bukit Damai is a historical "black and white" bungalow house located on Royal Road in Alexandra Park, dating from the days of the British Raj. A British Raj still resides there, except most of us refer to him as Neil Franks, that retired oil-man who now turns his attention to triathlon and Iron Man competitions, building palatial villas, organising soirees and music festivals, and pursuing things musical and beautiful. Music @ Bukit Damai is a series of impromptu music events where his guests get to play anything on two pianos, before tucking into a sumptuous Indian buffet spread and alcohol...
It's still daytime when the soiree begins with Neil and his teacher Boris Kraljevic take on Beethoven's Sonata in D major (Op.6) for four hands. Its not exactly Op.111, but its lots of fun (especially when the opening theme looks ahead to the Fifth Symphony!)
|Tou Liang still can't quite figure out Brahms' Intermezzo|
in A major (Op.118 No.2), so he inflicts it yet again
on an unsuspecting audience.
|Another Sonata in D major, this time by Mozart,|
from Boris and visiting Oxford don George Rousseau.
|Music on two pianos, now Poulenc's Elegie,|
from Neil and Boris.
|Four becomes six hands, for Percy Grainger's|
Zanzibar Boat Song, now one of the Bukit Damai favourites.
The most difficult part belongs to the guy in the centre.
|Neil is now an old hand in Liszt's Petrarch Sonnet No.123.|
|Rachmaninov's Romance for 6 hands,|
written for the Skalon sisters.
|More Rachmaninov, the 18th Variation from the |
Paganini Rhapsody.Neil plays the solo part.
|George the historian plays one of D.Scarlatti's|
581 Sonatas, a melancholic one.