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Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.
“I want us to be able to leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly way as soon as possible,” she told reporters.
Her EU peers, however, are sceptical about her ability to break the dead
lock soon. They are exasperated with May’s handling of a tortuous and costly divorce that is a di
straction from ensuring the bloc can hold its own against global economic challenges.
Across from the summit venue, the EU executive celebrated its part in funding a global project that produced the first p
icture of a black hole, prompting no shortage of ironic comments on social media about the juxtaposition.
Blogger Eliot Higgins tweeted: “We’re now more certain about what black holes look like than what Brexit looks like.”
One of the country’s major movie events, the 9th Beijing International Film Festival, will o
pen with a Sino-Kazakh production about late composer Xian Xinghai, Xu Fan reports.
The Composer, the first Sino-Kazakh production depicting the final years of Chinese
musician Xian Xinghai, is set to open the 9th Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday.
Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province, during the break.
“The city is charming, with its long history and modern urban life, as well as its
diversified snacks and world-famous Terracotta Warriors,” she said on Sunday.
“The only annoyance was that there were too many people crowding every attraction, but it’s the holiday.”
Some travelers opted to go overseas, and many of them stretched the holiday into a six-day vacation.
The Lvmama report said that Thailand and Japan remained the tw
o top choices for Chinese mainland travelers during the Tomb Sweeping holiday, followed by Indones
ia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, France, Australia, the United States and the Maldives.
On Wednesday, Ctrip, another online travel agency in Shanghai,
estimated that Chinese travelers would make about 110 million visit
s during the holiday break to 790-plus domestic and overseas destinations in 88 countries and regions.