“rarely does one find a performance that radiated such warmth and true feeling”
never a moment of impetuousness or misplaced power”
performances like these leave listeners craving for more”
Straits Times

Concerts by Tang Tee Khoon and friends were listed by the Straits Times as the Best Classical Concerts of the Year in 2014.

The Poetry in Life – Schumann, Adès, Brahms
May ’18

Schumann makes generous use of literature and poetry in his musical creative process. His inclination for merging literature and music is found not only in his songs but also in the extra-musical features of his solo pianoforte works.

For more curious minds, this intimate 60-minute Sharing Recital offered listeners a chance to look into specific examples from Schumann’s instrumental output (solo piano and chamber music works), in which the written word in the form of poetry, has had influence.

Equally intrigued and attracted to literature and poetry is contemporary British composer Thomas Adès, who has also found his own unique ways of merging literature and music. And in this Sharing Recital, we also dedicated time to exploring his instrumental output (solo piano and chamber music works), in which there is no longer a boundary but a complete fusion of literature and music.

Pictured here are Jazimina MacNeil, Giovanni Gnocchi and Hunter Mah in the opening segment, a song by John Dowland ‘In Darkness Let Me Dwell’ (1610) for voice, lute (classical guitar) and bass viol.  This perfectly sets up Luca Buratto’s sharing of the solo piano piece by Thomas Adès ‘Darknesse Visible’ (1992) inspired by Dowland’s song itself.

Beethoven Heroic Years
May ’17

What can we find, as a commonality between Ligeti and Beethoven ?  Violist Hsin-Yun Huang, faculty at Juilliard School and Curtis Institute, and pianist Luca Buratto, 2015 Honens Prize Laureate, shared an intimate hour with audiences onstage of the Victoria Concert Hall, on what their take is in regards to the similarities between the creative mindsets of 20th century Hungarian composer, Ligeti and Vienna’s greatest, Ludwig van Beethoven.

To illustrate their views, the artists carefully crafted a programme offering Beethoven’s turbulent ‘Appassionata’ Sonata Op. 57, a movement from Ligeti’s Viola Sonata, and the whole of Ligeti’s études for Solo Piano Book 3 – perhaps the first time this has ever been performed in its entirety in Singapore.

See Luca Buratto explore Ligeti’s push on rhythmic boundaries in the 20th century, in parallel with Beethoven’s challenge of the classical form during his Heroic Years, here