漫游古典、畅享天籁 JBCMF 2016 (Day 5: The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra with Florent Audibert

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漫游古典、畅享天籁
<One Thousand And One Nights With The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra>

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早在一个多月前,大人就已经定下6月19日这个“良辰吉日”,到底这天是什么黄道吉日呢?原来今天乃新山万众瞩目,享誉国际的大马爱乐团阔别10年再度回到边城演出的大日子;表演阵容之大绝对不亚于当年,更重金礼聘请来了世界著名的大提琴家前来助阵,声势可谓空前浩大!

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.

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Up close & personal with Ciarán & Florent
与大师大谈古典音乐经

Image credit: Tony Johor Kaki
Photo credit: Tony Johor Kaki

大人有幸在演出正式开始前,在后台访问来自爱尔兰的驻团指挥麦考利及法国著名大提琴家弗罗伦特奥迪博初到新山“卖艺”的“动机”,大人有眼不识泰山!尽管新山目前欠缺合乎大型表演规格的场地,两人仍然信心满满,将联合阔别十年的大马爱乐团近70名的表演者,一起为新山的古典音乐爱好者谱出前所未演奏过的曲目,可说是诚意十足。新山的听众可真是有耳福啊!

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.

 

大马爱乐团震撼登场 
A fitting finale fit for the royalty

万众瞩目的大马爱乐团,终于在柔佛州公主等贵宾莅临及观众热烈的掌声下正式登场。大人期待已久,终于可以近距离一睹这个享誉国际乐团的精彩表演!

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.

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首先表演的曲目是德国作曲家门德尔松-巴托尔迪的著作之一《美丽的梅露西娜》,作品取材自法国的传奇故事,讲述梅露西娜是一位美丽的女妖与鲁希南伯爵的儿子雷蒙达在哥伦伯森林的泉水中邂逅,成家到最后因违背信约而分离的凄美爱情故事。大人没想到阔别10年后的首场演出,就能将故事情节如浪花般迴旋於澎湃的音符之中,让全场如痴如醉。上半场结束前的两个曲目,分别是舒曼:序曲、谐谑曲与终曲,作品52及充满独特的异国浪漫情调,创作于1888年里姆斯基-科萨科夫的经典名曲-《天方夜谭》,也让观众屏住呼吸,听出耳油。

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.

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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.

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更多精彩节目、敬请期待
The best is still to come…

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Photo credit: Michael Cheng

所谓:天下无不散之筵席,尽管为期五天四夜的古典音乐节终于落下帷幕,但接踵而来的还有一连串精彩节目即将在下半年继续登场。大人我也决定开始收拾心情,迎接接下来的新山艺术节及电影节,到时我们不见不散哦!

最后,大人也祝贺大会的这场音乐节圆满落幕,并向Suzie及新山国际艺术节都会的每一位成员致敬,感谢你们为灌溉新山这片文化沙漠不遗余力,期待八月份的土著文化艺术节再见!

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.

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