Beethoven’s first piano concerto, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, was written in 1795 and hi
s last piano concerto, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 was written between 1809 and 1811.
The last piano concerto is also known as the Emperor Concerto
and the composition exudes a powerful, grand and heroic mood.
The five completed piano concertos cover the entire music career of the composer.
Buchbinder, 74, who was the youngest student ever to have enrolled to study at the Vie
nna Academy of Music at the age of 5, twice recorded the full cycle of Beethoven piano concertos in 2007 and 2011.
In 1986, Buchbinder performed all of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas for the first time at the Wiener Musikverein.
Laoshan district in Qingdao, Shandong province has launched a global compet
ition for cultural and innovative designs, offering a top prize of 50,000 yuan ($7,370).
The competition will run till July 30, and organizers will invite experts to
review collected works in August, with winners expected to be announced September.
The collection is divided into two sections: production
designs and special projects from individuals and groups, at home and abroad.
Production designs are to range from art crafts to prints, digital product
s, cartoons, furniture, as well as garments, while special projects can be related to sc
ulpture, tourism, festivals and even red cultural heritage, the color embodying China’s revolutionary spirit.
More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small
er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.
Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G
uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum
p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates
of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.
“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai
rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but
repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes
, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.
Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said
the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.
“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he
said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf
fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”
Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des
ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.
“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g
reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.
erate with the international lender, Liu said China is willing to continue deep
ening its cooperation with the World Bank on loan programs and knowledge-sharing.
China looks forward to cooperating with the multilateral development institution in such a
reas as improving the business environment, sharing China’s experience in poverty alleviation, and jointly estab
lishing a high-standard multilateral development and financing cooperation center, Liu said.
Meanwhile, China hopes the World Bank continues loan cooperation with C
hina in accordance with established rules, mak
ing it more innovative and a better model for such projects, and increasing its added value, Liu said.
For his part, Malpass praised China’s great achievement in alleviating poverty, noting that its experience is worth sharing.