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Cello concert for romantics

DISTINGUISHED cellist Qin Liwei will perform Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov in a recital next Saturday.

For his performance at Shanghai Concert Hall, Qin has selected a romantic program. He will cooperate with pianist Albert Tiu in Beethoven's "Bei Mannern, Welche Liebe Fuhle" in E flat major.

The two other works are Chopin's "Sonata for Violoncello" and "Piano in F Minor" and Rachmaninov's "Cello Sonata in G Minor."

Shanghai-born Qin, who is in his 30s, is famous for Saint-Saen's popular "The Swan," and Yo-Yo Ma once told Qin that his performance of that piece was superior to Ma's own.

The three works to be performed are not very familiar to local audiences as Beethoven and Chopin are more famous for their piano compositions, but these works are worth the attention, says Qin.

"Art is about challenging, rather than pleasing," observes the cellist. "Surely, it is safer to play the most popular pieces that get an easy audience response, but I feel it my responsibility to try new good pieces and recommend them to the public. I am sure that the audience will be touched by these three wonderful pieces."

Qin is fond of the romantic works by Chopin and Rachmaninov.

"The harmony they use is quite complex," says Qin. "A composer sometimes is just like a painter. Some painters only have five colors to fill his canvas while others can make a much more beautiful painting with multiple colors."

Rachmaninov's "Cello Sonata in G Minor" evokes love stories with its beautiful melody, he says. When he performed it in Singapore a month ago, many in the audience burst into tears.

The cello has the most human sound of all stringed instruments and is especially touching in presenting certain emotional pieces, according to Qin.

Qin has recently finished an album of five Beethoven sonatas.

He has been appointed artistic director of the Jin Mao Concert Hall and is head of cello studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. He maintains a busy performance and recording schedule.

Date: November 13, 7:30pm

Address: 523 Yan'an Rd E.

Tickets: 80-580 yuan

Tel: 400-820-7910


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