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<One Thousand And One Nights With The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra>
19 June, a day Johor Bahru has been waiting for a decade – the celebrated and long-awaited return of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra “Live in JB”. With world-class cellist Florent Audibert sharing the centre stage performing pieces never before heard in the city, the debut performance is a fitting finale to 5 days of classical music extravaganza.
Up close & personal with Ciarán & Florent
Prior to the concert, we managed to catch up with Irish-born Resident Conductor Ciarán McAuley and guest cellist Florent Audibert (sponsored by the Embassy of France in Malaysia), who were both visiting and performing in Johor Bahru for the first time. Despite not having the luxury of a purpose-built concert hall (yet), the duo were undaunted by the challenge of performing in a TV Studio, and were, in fact excited at the opportunity to present their best repertoire in front of a capacity crowd of over 700 music enthusiasts.
A fitting finale fit for the royalty
The stage is set for a grand finale, with YAM Tunku Tun Aminah (Puteri Johor) – Royal Patron for the Arts gracing the occasion, joining a full house capacity crowd of over 700 appreciative locals and visitors at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in witnessing this live musical spectacle.
The concert began with Felix Mendelssohn’s Die schöne Melusine, Op. 32 (Overture), which tells of Melusine (a mythical woman with a serpent or fish’s body) marrying a mortal with the promise to never ask about her whereabouts on Saturdays. Unfortunately, Melusine’s husband eventually broke his promise and his curiosity sadly ending their bliss.
The second segment was Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52., and the third performance before the interval was Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35 (The Kalendar Prince), based on The Arabian Nights or One Thousand and One Nights, adding further fascinations, colors and mystique to the rich Middle-Eastern overtones for the evening.
下半场的曲目更是精彩绝伦，大人也终于盼到法国著名大提琴家 Florent Audibert 独奏亮相，为全场演绎德沃夏克《大提琴协奏曲》。这绝对是全场的压轴曲目，感觉也是为他量身定做；只见大提琴家柔指飞弦，浅吟低回，声声琴语行云流水般滋润我们的心灵。难怪表演结束后，全场起立报以如雷的掌声；即使表演到此终于落下完美的帷幕，但场内及场外的激动仍久久不能散去。大人不禁在想，下次何年何日再有机会在新山老家漫游古典、畅享天籁呢？
After the interval, world renowned guest cellist, Florent Audibert, finally made his long awaited appearance and joined the MPO to perform Antonin Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191., which is widely considered among Dvořák’s best compositions, leading to a standing ovation from the appreciative audience, including a personal compliment from YAM Tunku Tun Aminah after the stirring performance.
The best is still to come…
Our heartiest congratulations to Suzie Yap, Festival Director of JB Arts Festival (second from right) and the JB:IFC team for yet another successful Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival, and we look forward to the remaining festivals under the 2016 calendar as we now witnessed slowly but surely, Johor Bahru is coming to age as a vibrant centre for the arts and culture and beyond.