American writer Edwin Way Teale once wrote, “For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.” For the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO) — one of the three most prestigious orchestras in China — this autumn is a time for the full-size orchestra with more than 100 musicians to make its Taiwan debut and present a series of concerts titled “Best Love.” Featuring cellist Wang Jian, the GSO will be sharing with Taiwanese audiences a program praising romantic music.
The GSO was founded in 1957. Under the management of GSO President Yu Qikeng for two decades, the GSO has developed from being a “local orchestra” and established itself as one of the most prestigious orchestras in China after decades of artistic growth. Besides serving as the music director of the GSO, Yu Long also holds posts as music director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Beijing Music Festival. When asked how he manages to direct several orchestras while at the same time maintaining each orchestra’s integrity and characteristics, Yu said, “I respect the different cultural characteristics of each orchestra and lead them by bringing out the best musical interpretations possible.”
The program of works includes Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s (1844-1908) The Tsar’s Bride: Overture, Chen Qigang’s Reflet d’un Temps Disparu for cello and orchestra, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s (1873-1943) Symphony No. 2 in E minor (Op. 27). The three works represent passionate love, sublime love, and sincere love respectively. They also echo the “triangular theory of love” proposed by psychologist Robert Sternberg. According to the theory, the three components of love are “intimacy,” “passion,” and “commitment.” Wang, dubbed “a poetic cellist,” will be joined by the orchestra to play Reflet d’un Temps Disparu, which includes the traditional Chinese musical work Three Variations on Plum Blossom played in harmonics for this contemporary work of Western music.
The first concert will be held under the baton of GSO music director Yu Long in Taipei’s National Concert Hall tomorrow, while the other concert is to be conducted by 32-year-old Lin Daye and will be held in Taichung’s Chunghsing Concert Hall on Sunday. It is worth mentioning that Lin recently won the first prize at this year’s Sir Georg Solti International Conductor’s Competition last month. It is believed that the GSO will give a musical feast with love-filled music and music-filled love.
(Lin Ya-ti, Taipei Times)