22nd April 2018, Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
The Classical Singers is collaborating with a number of highly accomplished soloist musicians including acclaimed pianist Mary Wu and renowned baritone Caleb Woo on a journey of songs and piano music inspired by the songs, with a programme of music by Mozart, Schubert and Liszt, revealing fascinating connections.
The programme starts with two favourite Schubert songs, Auf dem Wasser zu Singen (sometimes known as “boating song”) and Gute Nacht (“good night”), interspersed by Liszt’s transcription of Auf dem Wasser zu Singen. We then continue with a pairing of Mozart’s Ave Verum with a Liszt piano piece inspired by it, entitled “At the Sistine Chapel”, a piece that was dear to Liszt’s heart. This will be followed by a pairing of Liszt ‘s choral work with his own piano transcription, one of Liszt’s settings of the Ave Maria, and the final pairing is Schubert’s Der Wanderer (D.489), a rather dramatic Schubert song, paired with Schubert’s own piano piece, Fantasie in C major (sometimes known as the “Wanderer” fantasy), a brilliantly virtuosic piece that Schubert said “the devil may play it” and quotes the Wanderer song (in C sharp minor) in its second movement.
2nd September 2017, Hong Kong, Asia Society
Our 8-voice ensemble does an expanded “heaven + earth” on Saint-Saëns (Ave Verum and Calme des nuits) and Ēriks Ešenvalds (O Salutaris Hostia and Only in Sleep), two composers separated by more than a century who both contributed significantly to sacred as well as secular vocal repertoire.
We will have the wonderful twin-sister piano duo of Lok-ping and Lok-ting Chau get us a little into the beautiful dancing mood of Brahms’ Liebesliederwalzer (Op.52a), a musical pieces that have 2 original versions, piano-4-hands-only and piano-4-hands-plus-vocal-ensemble.
We will then continue with a number of songs that envelop us with “beauty + love” – including Stroope’s I am not yours, Elder’s Ballade to the moon, and Lauridsen’s Dirait-on.
31st August 2016, Hong Kong, St John’s Cathedral
Our 8-voice ensemble sings Mozart’s Ave Verum, Saint-Saëns’ Ave Verum, Brahms’ Geistliches Lied, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and premieres Eriks Esenvalds’ Only in Sleep.