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Concert review: Spring Symphony by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Published on Apr 20, 2014 10:28 AM

Esplanade Concert Hall

April 18

For this concert conducted by its Music Director Shui Lan, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra dispensed with the usual overture or suite as curtain-raiser and went straight to the concertante works. The soloist was SSO principal cellist Ng Pei Sian, who got straight down to performing Sang Tong's Fantasy For Cello & Orchestra.

Sang (1923-2011) was the nom de plume of Zhu Jingqing, a former president of the Shanghai Conservatory and pioneering modernist composer in the manner of the Second Viennese School. His atonal works were destroyed by the Red Guards, and what remained included this rather unthreatening Fantasy of 1950, which evokes the same feelings of passion and oriental nostalgia as in the much better known Butterfly Lovers.

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