April Premieres

Every Saturday at 21:00 CET in April


Saturday, April 1 at 21:00 CET | Deeply Mozart

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Romantic repertoire, Francesco Attesti (*1975) gave his first recital at age 11 and by the time he was 23, had earned the highest honours in piano from Florence’s Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini. In this recording of his 2016 Deeply Mozart concert tour, Attesti performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s piano concertos KV 449 and KV 488 with Italy’s OIDA Orchestra and conductor Paolo Belloli.

Conductor: Paolo Belloli
Performers: Francesco Attesti, OIDA Orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Year: 2016

Saturday, April 8 at 21:00 CET| Musical Portrait of Henry Madin

The ensemble Stradivaria performs rarely-heard works by French baroque composer Henry Madin (1698-1748), who worked at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles. The ensemble is led by violinist Daniel Cuiller, with Geoffroy Jourdain wielding the baton over choir Les Cris de Paris. This concert at the Château de Versailles features Madin's Te Deum Laudamus, Te Confitemur, Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae, and Te Ergo Quaesumus. The vocal performances are interspersed with short but insightful interviews with Cuiller and Jourdain, shedding new light on Henry Madin's wonderful music.

Performers: Ensemble Stradivaria (violinist: Daniel Cuiller)
Composer: Henry Madin
Choir: Les Cris de Paris (conductor: Geoffroy Jourdain)
Production: Karl More Productions, Benjamin Bleton, Laurent Brunner
Participation: TF1, CNC
Location: Château de Versailles, France
Year: 2015

Saturday, April 15 at 21:00 CET | Pedal Concert

Pianist Roberto Prosseda is not only fleet-fingered, but fast-footed too. Much like a traditional church organ, the bass notes on the pedal piano, a descendant of the pedal clavichord and pedal harpsichord, is played with the feet on a pedal board. Roberto Prosseda revived the pedal piano in 2011 when he played the first modern performance of Charles Gounod’s Concerto for Pedal Piano and Orchestra. Other pedal piano pieces in his repertoire include compositions by Robert Schumann, Alexandre Pierre François Boëly and Charles-Valentin Alkan, as well as more contemporary works by Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman and Cristian Carrara. In today’s broadcast, Roberto Prosseda plays Schumann’s 4 Skizzen für den Pedalflügel and 6 Studien in kanonischer Form für den Pedalflügel, Op. 56, Boëly’s Fantaisie et Fugue Op. 18 No. 6, and Alkan’s Benedictus Op. 54 pour piano-pédalier in d minor.

Performer: Roberto Prosseda
Location: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza
Composer: Robert Schumann
Director: Pietro Tagliaferri
Date: June 4, 2012

Saturday, April 22 at 21:00 CET| Musica Zelandica

The musical heritage of Zeeland, Brabant and Flanders has much to offer. Ghiselin Danckerts (1510 -1567) was a composer from Tholen, Zeeland and active at the Papal Chapel in Rome. His work is on par with Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 -1611) and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594). To this day, the region is still prolific in producing great vocal music. With the help of the Zed Chamber Choir, featuring professional vocalists from all over the Netherlands, the Musica Zelandica foundation promotes composers from this region by performing classical choral music from the Romantic period to the present.

Performers: Zed Chamber Choir
Conductor: Elisabeth Blom
Video Production: Audiovisuals BVBA, Ghent
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Year: 2016

Saturday, April 29 at 21:00 CET| Arkovsky Sextet - Brahms: Sextet No.2 in G Major

In this broadcast, the Arkovsky Sextet performs Johannes Brahms’ Sextet No. 2 in G Major. Brahms composed the work between 1864 and 1865, but it only premiered in Boston on October 11, 1866, after being published by Fritz Simrock. The ensemble’s name is a contraction of composers Arnold Schönberg and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and features Elise Besemer, Ernst Jan Vos, Martin Moriarty, Robin van Gameren, Kalle de Bieand Pieter de Koe. Five members attend The Hague and Amsterdam conservatories and the sixth studies engineering at Delft University of Technology along with private lessons from a conservatory teacher.

Performers: Arkovsky Sextet
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Year: 2016