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Streaming: 22-year-old Minje Sung makes musical love with his double-bass

By John Terauds on April 6, 2012

It almost feels like voyerurism to witness 22-year-old South Korean Minje Sung play his double-bass like an ardent lover.

The recipient of several recent competition prizes was invited by organizers of the chamber music concert series at the Louvre Auditorium to perform there last week with pianist Jun Hee Kim.

The results, streaming in high-definition audio and video on medici.tv, are stunning, the boys’ bad haircuts notwithstanding. (Signing up online is easy — and medici.tv doesn not harrass you afterward to become a paying subscriber.)

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds

The programme is a grab-bag of showpieces, starting with Jules Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs. A great solo showcase is a strong echo of Bach’s solo-string partitas from contemporary composer Arni Egilsson. You can check out all the details here.

This is Sung at 19 playing Flight of the Bumblebee — the piece that ends his Louvre recital — in a poorly edited video:

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds
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