Saturday, 29 December 2012

BALI CLASSICAL NIGHTS I: A SOIRÉE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC / Hotel Tugu Bali


A SOIRÉE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
HOTEL TUGU BALI
28 December 2012

Here are the photos from a magical evening of chamber music and art song at the third edition of Bali Classical Nights, the annual post-Christmas musical soirée held in the Wantilan Agung Hall of Tugu Bali Hotel on Canggu Beach. There was a more varied programme this year, with a full piano concerto and piano quintet to boot. It seems that the audience is getting more bang for their buck from the international cast of performers.

The beautifully decorated  Wantilan Agung Hall  of Tugu Bali Hotel, with its high ceiling  and ever-looming Garuda, was the perfect venue for chamber music.
The evening opened with Boris Kraljevic and Neil Franks performing the first two Slavonic Dances (Op.72) by Antonin Dvorak. 
The Prima Vista String Quartet from Poland was the resident ensemble of the festival. Here  the foursome performs the first movement from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
Korean flautist Hyun Joo Juno Lee joined members of the quartet to play Mozart's Flute Quartet No.1 in D major.
Its dazzling diva time, with Korean soprano Sung Hee Park in sparkling form in a aria from Bach's Coffee Cantata and Adolphe Adam's Ah, dirai vous je maman. Accompanying her was flautist Soyoung Lee. 

Neil Franks performs Bach's Piano Concerto in F minor (BWV.1056) with the Prima Vista Quartet.
After the intermission, Boris Kraljevic was joined by the Prima Vista Quartet in Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A major (Op.81). Despite being the longest work in the evening by far, it was a very gripping performance which held the audience in a thrall.
More coloratura arias closed the evening's sumptuous fare: Mozart's Queen of the Night's Aria (The Magic Flute) and Offenbach's Doll Aria (Tales of Hoffmann) from soprano Sung Hee Park.
Sadly the soirée had to come to an end. Here's to Bali Classical Nights 2013!

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