The opening evening of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Das Rheingold is the prologue of the cycle, which is followed in turn by the music dramas Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. The first instalment in Jaap van Zweden's projected Ring with the Hong Kong Philharmonic – an undertaking he regards as central to his tenure with the orchestra – is a promising beginning that may surprise many experienced Wagnerians. Van Zweden is ambitious in presenting the Ring with this orchestra, which plays it for the first time, though in fairness to the musicians, they offer an intensity and vigor that more than makes up for any minor scrappiness.
L'ouvrage réunit les trois grands textes des "pères fondateurs" de la philosophie taoïste, Lao-tseu, Tchouang-tseu et Lie-tseu, à partir des traductions soigneusement revues, assorties d'un "répertoire" général. C'est la somme, de haute tenue littéraire, d'une démarche de la pensée sans équivalent dans les cultures occidentales, désormais bien commun de la philosophie universelle.
Music by Schoenberg, Mauersberger, Schütz, Hassler, Gjeilo, and Mahler Angels intermediaries between the visible and the invisible world arent always easily heard and seen. But when musical settings of texts give them expression and sound, they are there: in history and in the present, in war and in peace. Making this heard requires a high level of artistic skill, a solid sense of style, fine distinction and shaping of sound, as well as a sincere intensity in singing.