Feature Concert II
Song Is Being:
All that was near is now distant
Y-Studio, 2/F Youth Square
238 Chai Wan Rd, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Song Is Being
Alison Lau, soprano |
Sean Lai - Vivian Shen*, baroque violin |
Tim-wai Lam, viola da gamba |
Stephen Hung, harpsichord |
Alice Yu, narrator |
Yat-ho Tsang, concept & script
Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629 - 1691)
Pièces de clavecin, Suite in G minor – Passacaille d'Armide de Mr. De Lully
George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Armida Abbandonata, HWV 105
Heinrich Iganz Franz Biber (1644 - 1704)
Rosary Sonata, Guardian Angel - Passacaglia
Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667 - 1737)
Le dépît généreux
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788)
Trio Sonata in C minor, "Gespräch zwischen einem Sanguineus und Melancholicus", Wq.161/1, H.579
Marin Marais (1656 - 1728)
Pièces de viole, Livre 2, Les Voix Humaines
During PCMF 2019, we will premiere a programme juxtaposing baroque music, played on period instruments, with an original story written by Yat-ho Tsang: Song is Being - All that was near is now distant.
The story begins with a man walking into a Cha Chaan Teng located in Choi Hung Estate, his childhood home, to meet up with a friend whom he hasn't seen for 22 years. It is a personal reminiscence inspired by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.
As the story unfolds, we will perform two beautiful secular cantatas written by Handel and Monteclair, representing two different perspectives towards pain and lost love; two challenging passacaglias written by Lully/d’Anglebert and Biber on one identical ground bass line; C.P.E. Bach’s engrossing Trio sonata, Sanguineus and Melancholicus, in which a conversation between an optimist and a pessimist is depicted by two violins; and, to conclude, Marais’ exquisitely calming piece, The Human Voices.
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