Concert review: Once Upon A Time, Loh Jun Hong, Violin, & Abigail Sin, Piano
Esplanade Recital Studio
More Than Music is a new series of concerts initiated by young Singaporean musicians Abigail Sin and Loh Jun Hong to bring classical music closer to beginners and neophytes, through an informal and interactive approach that is accessible yet does not dumb down.
In Once Upon A Time, the duo performed a 90-minute-long programme of light classics and short works, leading listeners through each piece by relating stories of their own. Loh's selection of violin works was romantically inclined, and the subject of composers' love lives figured prominently in his preambles. Thus Edward Elgar's Salut D'Amour (Love's Greeting) was an appropriate opener, showcasing his full and sweet string tone, one which he could emote and wallow unabashedly in sentimentality.