01/10/2010 | 15:40:22

Classic concert to start Hanoi millennium celebrations

A classical concert will be held under the baton of Spanish conductor Carlos Cuesta on the opening night of the Hanoi millennium celebration on Oct. 1.

The concert will open with Concerto No 2, written for the piano by S Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), with orchestra accompaniment. The piece will be played by outstanding Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son.

Son was awarded first prize and the gold medal at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1980, marking the first time that an esteemed international competition was won by an Asian pianist.

The second part features Beethoven's (1770 – 1827) Symphony No 9 to be played by the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of Vietnam National Academic of Music. The piece is one of the most monumental symphonic works in all of classical music.

Four soloists, Phuong Nga (soprano), Phuong Uyen (alto), Dang Duong (tenor) and Phuc Tiep (bass), will perform the piece.

Cuesta, of the Atelier Gombau Chamber Orchestra, has a strong background as an opera conductor. Cuesta has conducted for the Zarzuela Theatre, focusing not only on classical music but also collaborating with The Opera Comica de Madrid in the aim of reviving old works./.

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