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Preview: Japanese conductor Masato Suzuki returns to Singapore to present two concerts by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

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Conductor. Composer. Harpsichordist. Organist. The distinguished and much-admired Japanese conductor Masato Suzuki returns to Singapore to present two programmes curated from the golden age of classical music in Europe.

In Inspired by Leipzig, come discover Bach, Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn are all linked to this great city of western classical music. As conductor, Suzuki is joined by Singapore-based Filipino pianist Albert Tiu in two works for piano and orchestra: Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92 and Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”. The latter refers to the duet sung by Don Giovanni and Zerlina in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. It was this adaptation that caused Schumann to exclaim in praise of Chopin, “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!” Mendelssohn’s grand Symphony No. 5, the “Reformation Symphony” concludes this inspired programme, which is also graced by Suzuki’s own orchestration of music by J.S. Bach.

Suzuki follows this as organist in Organ, Omakase just a few days later, playing the Klais Organ at the Victoria Concert Hall, and presenting a tantalizing solo concert of organ music, which he has carefully curated by interspersing mains such as toccatas and fugues, with shorter chorale preludes to cleanse the aural palate. Organ, Omakase, will also include pieces by Schumann, Brahms and Liszt.

Inspired by Leipzig plays on 6th September 2019 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

Organ, Omakase plays on 8th September 2019 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

 

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