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    Romantic and melancholic

    Life, Published on 26/02/2019

    » In the run up to this year's Valentine's Day, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra served up rousing masterworks of appropriately pitched emotional content on Feb 8 at the Thailand Cultural Centre. "Romantic Variations" was a cleverly imagined programme title for three vastly contrasting compositions from Russia, France and England in terms of national temperament, yet they all shared the overriding universal theme of sentimental love.


    Revolutionary Dreams

    Life, Published on 15/04/2019

    » In the presence of HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, it was a refreshing delight to hear the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) perform Prokofiev's brilliant Piano Concerto No.3 at the Thailand Cultural Centre late last month, with Bulgarian pianist Dora Deliyska rising commendably to the considerable challenges present in this undisputed pinnacle of the literature. It represents an imposing challenge for even top level performers.


    Sounds of Shostakovich and Sibelius fill TCC's chambers

    Life, Published on 06/03/2019

    » British-born conductor Douglas Bostock made a hugely positive impression on the entire ensemble of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra instrumentalists when he conducted them for the first time in 2018, and his return visit this year for "Li-Wei Qin Plays Shostakovich" at the Thailand Cultural Centre last month was no less inspiring.


    RBSO shines with rendition of Sibelius

    Life, Published on 05/12/2017

    » Joined by the Russian-born violin virtuoso Boris Belkin for a memorable performance of Sibelius' Violin Concerto In D Minor, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) excelled once again at the Thailand Cultural Centre last Tuesday. The orchestra also gave a rousing performance of Tchaikovsky's ultimate orchestral warhorse, his Fifth Symphony In E Minor.


    A triumph for all seasons

    Life, Published on 23/02/2017

    » Still only 23 years of age, violin soloist Elizabeth Basoff-Darskaia is yet another in an ever growing procession of accomplished millennial musicians who will be vying for the limelight in coming decades. Accompanied by the recently renamed Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and returning Dutch conductor Wim Steinmann, she worked her way assuredly through Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons last Wednesday, Feb 15, in the Small Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre, and one was taken over by the well-honed artistry and reliable technique, which are always undeniably there, but what is it about the character and personality of this particular player that can possibly set them apart from the legions who are likewise joining the concerto circuit wide-eyed and hungry? Especially in this work -- among the most recorded and continually performed of all Baroque masterpieces?


    The concert of the decade?

    Life, Published on 11/09/2018

    » Last Tuesday at the Thailand Cultural Centre, the American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performed Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 In G Minor and Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen to a capacity audience. It was no surprise that tickets had sold out for this highly anticipated event. The universally admired legend has enjoyed over three decades in the very top division of violinists, giving some 150 concerts worldwide year in, year out, and his forty-plus recordings as an exclusive artist for Sony Classical have already guaranteed his legacy as one of the all time greats.


    Mozart masterclass at the TCC

    Life, Published on 19/08/2014

    » Over the past four decades, violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, now 60, has built up a reputation as one of classical music's elite virtuosos and has been consistently engaged to perform with the world's very finest orchestras from Berlin to Chicago, from Vienna to St Petersburg.


    Good legal drama

    Life, Published on 23/02/2015

    » Good legal drama


    Priceless Stradivarius in masterful hands

    Life, Published on 12/06/2018

    » The rich tonality of D major was the order of the day at the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra's latest concert last week at the Thailand Cultural Centre, with the mighty dual pillars of the Brahms' Violin Concerto and Sibelius' Symphony No.2 comprising the two halves of a beautifully presented concert. Sensational Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio captivated the hall with a rendition of the Brahms concerto which will remain long in the memory, whilst newly appointed RBSO music director Michel Tilkin displayed an assured ease with his new orchestra in a central work of the symphonic canon.

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