MASATO SUZUKI IN TWO SINGAPORE CONCERTS AS SSO GUEST CONDUCTOR AND ORGANIST

Published on 06 August 2019

MASATO SUZUKI IN TWO SINGAPORE CONCERTS AS SSO GUEST CONDUCTOR AND ORGANIST

Conductor. Composer. Harpsichordist. Organist. The distinguished and much-admired Japanese conductor Masato Suzuki returns to Singapore to present two programmes curated from the golden age of classical music in Europe.

As Conductor and Orchestrator – “Inspired by Leipzig”

Bach. Schumann. Chopin and Mendelssohn – four different composers all linked to Leipzig, great city of western classical music. In this concert on Friday 6 Sep, Suzuki is joined by Singapore-based Filipino pianist Albert Tiu in two works for piano and orchestra: Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92 and Chopin’s Variations on "Là ci darem la mano”. The latter refers to the duet sung by Don Giovanni and Zerlina in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni. It was this adaptation that caused Schumann to exclaim in praise of Chopin, “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!” Albert Tiu, Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, has been called “an artist of uncommon abilities” by American Record Guide and hailed for “performances where heart and mind unite in a deeply affecting union” (Gramophone).

Mendelssohn’s grand Symphony No. 5, the “Reformation Symphony” concludes this inspired programme, which is also graced by Suzuki's own orchestration of music by J.S. Bach.

As Organist – “Organ, Omakase”

Bach is also on the programme on Sunday 8 Sep, this time on the Klais Organ at the Victoria Concert Hall. Suzuki performs a tantalizing solo concert of organ music, which he has carefully curated by interspersing mains such as toccatas and fugues, with shorter chorale preludes to cleanse the aural palate. Organ, Omakase, will also include pieces by Schumann, Brahms and Liszt.

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MASATO SUZUKI - INSPIRED BY LEIPZIG #

Date & time

6 September 2019 (Friday), 7.30pm

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm | library@esplanade

VENUE #

Esplanade Concert Hall

PERFORMERS #

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Masato Suzuki, conductor
Albert Tiu, piano

Please contact the Media Officer for photographs and interviews.

PROGRAMME #

BACH (orch. STOKOWSKI) Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
SCHUMANN Introduction & Allegro appassionato for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 92
CHOPIN Variations on "Là ci darem la mano"
BACH (orch. MASATO SUZUKI) Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 5, Op. 107 “Reformation”

TICKET PRICES* #

$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15

*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40.

Concession discounts

Students, Senior Citizens, NSF and PWDs: 30% off (Cat 4-6)

Tickets are available from website: ticketing.sso.org.sg, SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, SISTIC counters island-wide and Esplanade Box Office.

VCHPRESENTS ORGAN: ORGAN, OMAKASE #

Date & time

8 September 2019 (Sunday), 4pm

Victoria Concert Hall Tour: 5.15pm-6pm Tour is free and open to public. Pre-registration is required and will open on 26 Aug 2019. Please check back for updates.

VENUE #

Victoria Concert Hall

PERFORMERS #

Masato Suzuki, organ

Please contact the Media Officer for photographs and interviews.

PROGRAMME #

J.S. BACH 
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541
An Wasserflüssen Babylon from the Leipzig Chorale Preludes, BWV 653
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele from the Leipzig Chorale Preludes, BWV 654
BRAHMS  Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele from 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, No. 5
J.S. BACH  Komm, Heiliger Geist from the Leipzig Chorale Preludes, BWV 651
SCHUMANN Fugue No. 1 in B-flat major from Six Fugues on B-A-C-H, Op. 60
LISZT Prelude on B-A-C-H, S. 260
BRAHMS O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, from 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, No. 11

TICKET PRICES* #

$30, $20

*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40.

Concession discounts

Students, Senior Citizens, NSF and PWDs: $22, $15

Tickets are available from website: ticketing.sso.org.sg, SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555 and SISTIC counters island-wide.