Rapturous Rachmaninov launches Hong Kong Philharmonic season, soloist Seong-Jin Cho excels

Seong-Jin Cho is an artist whose rise has been meteoric, and it is easy to see why. He held the audience’s attention from the first chords of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert.His aptitude for both large-scale works and more intimate pieces was on show in a concerto that by turns calls for concentrated expressive power and ornamental playing. The first movement in particular juxtaposes technically demanding passages and moments…

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