In the Show: 14th April 2009

In Hong Kong this week for a sold out one-night only concert, Maurizio Pollini is considered one of the greatest living pianists. He’s renowned for playing composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, but particularly for his interpretation of the works of Chopin. It was Chopin that first boosted his career when, in 1960, he was awarded the first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw at the age of 18. Four decades later, the composer still features prominently in Pollini’s repertoire, including in his programme for tomorrow’s Hong Kong concert.

Last September on The Works we reviewed a Japanese movie called “20th Century Boys”. It was the first episode of a trilogy based on a 24-volume science-fiction manga by Naoki Urasawa. The second part of that trilogy, “Twentieth Century Boys Chapter 2: The Last Hope”, is showing at Hong Kong cinemas this week. The first episode mixed elements of the murder mystery, childhood nostalgia, and science-fiction, and jumped backwards and forwards in time. The second episode is set in the 21st century and shows the aftermath of what happened at the turn of the millennium. Gary Pollard tells us more.

What is a huqin? Well, to end tonight’s show we bring you two studio performances on different varieties of the instrument, as well as news of a three-month festival devoted to it. Celina Chin, Executive Director, of the HK Chinese Orchestra, Hsin Hsiao-hung performs on the erhu, Lo Chun-wo on the gehu, and Shao Lin on the Uyghur ajik.

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To see a streaming video of the show, please click here.

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