The Works

The Works

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:Personalities FeatureArts & CultureStatus:On going Description: RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene.

The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also in – most weeks – a live studio performance.

The Works is aired on TVB Pearl every Tuesday at HKT 1900 -1930 and on RTHK 31 & 31A every Wednesday at 00:00-00:30 and a repeat at 17:30-18:00.

Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.

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Hidden Agenda raid & pianist Remi Geniet 00:21:57 2017-05-17
Performance venues for live music are in somewhat short supply in Hong Kong. Music lovers were hoping for a new one in the West Kowloon Cultural District, but that idea has been scotched. Most of the venues we have are known to be limited, hard to book and old. Most were built three or more decades ago and tend to be booked by big art or event organisations for very mainstream entertainment. In 2010, under Carrie Lam, the Development Bureau implemented the revitalisation of factory buildings scheme to allow owners of factory units more leeway in letting their space. Artists and musicians thought that here might be some solution to the problems of high rents and inadequate space, maybe even a location for performance. It hasn’t quite worked out like that.

In 2011, the French pianist Rémi Geniet, taking third prize, became the youngest ever prize-winner of the Bonn International Beethoven Competition. Just two years later, at 20, he took second prize in the Queen Elisabeth 2013 International Piano Competition. And the awards and accolades don’t stop there. Still in his early twenties, Rémi has already been invited to perform with many international orchestras, not long ago completed a tour of the United States, including a recital at Carnegie Hall, and – in 2015 – released a much praised debut CD of Bach compositions. This week he’s in Hong Kong to perform, with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, one of the world’s best loved piano concertos. There are few, if any, Romantic piano concertos better known to the general public or more loved than Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Not so well known is the fact that it would likely never have been finished if not for the hypnotist who helped Rachmaninov overcome a crisis of confidence and continue writing it, and to whom the concerto is dedicated: Nikolai Dahl.