David Greilsammer
Scarlatti / Cage

5 September 2021 (Sunday) 7:30 pm Duration: 70 mins without interval
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall View map
$480, $320, $180
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One of the most accomplished and adventurous musicians of his generation”
The New York Times

David Greilsammer finally brings his acclaimed solo recital programme “Scarlatti/Cage” to Hong Kong! Greilsammer alternates between two pianos, playing the Baroque Scarlatti Sonatas on one piano and the avant-garde John Cage Sonatas on another ‘prepared’ piano, in a truly ground-breaking showcase of Greilsammer’s range and virtuosity. Join us and experience Scarlatti and Cage like never before!

Scarlatti/Cage was selected by The New York Times as one of ten most Important Musical Events of the Year.

David Greilsammer’s note about the programme:

Music from another planet. This is how I always felt when listening to the Sonatas of John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti. Music from an invisible world, mysterious and different. The works of these composers do not resemble in any way those of their contemporaries: is it, perhaps, because these men were not composers, but in fact, inventors? Inventors of sounds, creators of a new language never heard before. As true visionaries, ahead of their time, they treated the Sonata not as a rigid and momentous form but as a magic space devoted to creation and experimentation. More than two hundred years separate the two composers, but their Sonatas seem to be so much alike: short, provocative, passionate, full of wild colours, and bursting with fresh rhythms. Light years away from to the traditional Sonata who ruled during these two centuries, Scarlatti and Cage treated this form as an enlightened, free, pop-like entity: Like an Unidentified Flying Object, passing in the sky, distant and brief. Searching their feverish imagination, they transformed each one of these pieces into a messenger from an unknown world. Embracing the future and its innovations, the Sonatas seem to be staring at us from their distant planet.


Scarlatti / Cage

SCARLATTI Sonata in D minor K. 213

CAGE Sonata XIV 

SCARLATTI Sonata in D minor K. 141


SCARLATTI Sonata in E Major, K. 531

CAGE Sonata XI

SCARLATTI Sonata in B minor, K. 27

CAGE Sonata I

SCARLATTI Sonata in B minor, K. 87


SCARLATTI Sonata in A minor, K. 175


SCARLATTI Sonata in E Major, K. 380

CAGE Sonata V

SCARLATTI Sonata in D Major, K. 492

Programme and artists may be subject to change.

Trailer for Scarlatti:Cage by David Greilsammer

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Audiences will be seated according to social-distancing guidelines. Audiences must observe the special measures implemented by the venue in response to the COVID-19.
Programme runs approx. 70 mins with no interval.
For ages 6 or above.

5 September 2021 (Sunday) 7:30 pm Duration: 70 mins without interval
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall View map
$480, $320, $180
Buy Tickets

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Discounts & Concessions

  • 50% off for full-time students, seniors (60+), disabled and the minder and CSSA recipients
  • 10% off for groups purchase of 10 or more standard tickets in one event

David Greilsammer is invited through a special collaboration between Premiere Performances and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  David Greilsammer will also be performing with the HK Phil on 17 & 18 Sep in “Swire Denim Series: Mozart Meets John Williams”.