|Ashkenazy returns to Hong Kong with a pastoral-themed concert|
|The third piece was Beethoven's Symphony no. 6, Pastoral|
Next Yoo came out in a bright red sparkly dress to perform Glazunov's Violin Concerto, just over 20 minutes that was definitely a vehicle to show off the violinist's talents, from playing chords to plucking, soft to loud. She had her eyes closed for most of the performance, setting the pace and enjoying herself on stage.
In reading her biography, the Korean-American was born in the US and raised in Europe since the age of six. She picked up the violin when she was four and made her first concert debut at eight. Talk about young talent.
|Esther Yoo picked up the violin at the age of four|
Finally after an intermission, Ashkenazy was back to conduct Beethoven's Symphony no. 6, Pastoral. It definitely evokes pastoral scenes of idyllic rolling hills, flocks of sheep grazing and young lovers having a budding romance.
The five movements seemed to be compressed into three, as Ashkenazy didn't want to waste time with formalities. The drama began to build in the third movement onwards with the wind section holding their own. And soon it was all over, and the Maestro went around shaking the musicians' hands.
|She seems self-assured on stage at the age of 23|
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Glazunov Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony no. 6, Pastoral