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"The Nutracker" Ballet; Anne Sofie von Otter Christmas Show; In the studio - Father and Son Percussionists Lung Heung-wing and Mark Lung (23 Dec 2008)

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In this special pre-Christmas edition of The Works, a seasonally-attired Ben Tse and Ben Pelletier introduce events with a particularly festive bent. For generations of Hong Kong children, no Christmas would be complete without a visit to "The Nutcracker Ballet". It's become something of an annual ritual. Based on Alexandre Dumas Pere's adaptation of the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it was set to music by Tchaikovsky and first performed in 1892. Since then, it's become a favourite ballet, particularly at this time of year. As always, the Hong Kong Ballet are presenting it again, but with a few new touches. In our studio, father and son percussionists Lung Heung-wing and Mark Lung give us their own rhythmic take on Christmas. They've been making music together since Mark was seven. He's now eighteen Anne Sofie von Otter is considered one of the finest mezzo-sopranos of her generation. Eagerly sought after by many of the world's major conductors, orchestras, and opera companies, she's particularly well known for the range of projects she's approached, having sung Baroque opera, Richard Strauss, Abba, and Elvis Costello. She has also made a Christmas album called "Home for Christmas" many of the songs from which she recently performed in Hong Kong accompanied by her "Merry Swedish Gentlemen". We feature highlights as she talks to us about the show, and about her own Christmases in Sweden.

Program: 
The Works
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Station: 
RTHK
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