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Saturday Premieres

Saturdays in June at 21:00


Every Saturday evening in June, Stingray Classica offers a fascinating concert premiere, featuring some of today’s most impressive artists. The first two weeks offer a great deal of pianistic virtuosity. Up-and-coming stars Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano present their program titled ‘Scandale’, which radiates energy and joyous piano-playing! It’s no surprise that their performance has been described as “classical music for the pop age”. Living-legend Grigory Sokolov displays his visionary interpretations and wide repertoire during a recital from the prestigious festival in Aix-en-Provence. On June 15th, Kristine Opolais presents a spectacular sequence of aria performances. The Latvian prima donna and star of the MET is one of the most sought-after sopranos in today’s international scene. The following week, be prepared to travel back in time for some of the finest German Baroque gems: The Masques ensemble and Vox Luminis team up to bring some of Buxtehude’s most beloved vocal compositions. The month closes with perhaps the greatest keyboard star of the moment! Daniil Trifonov will feature as soloist in the intensely difficult ‘Rach3’. The young Russian displays some first-class piano-playing during the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2016.

June 1 at 21:00 | Alice Sara Ott & Franceso Tristano: Scandale

The German network ZDF called Scandale “classical music for the pop age,” a great way to describe the piano collaboration between German Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano from Luxembourg. The program radiates energy and joy as these two artists go on stage to perform together. This recording of a performance at the Heidelberger Frühling of 2015 - a renowned festival for contemporary classical music - brings all that and more to the table. On the program are piano arrangements of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and La Valse, “Nuages” and “Fêtes” from Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes and Igor Stravinsky’s famous ballet music from “Le sacre du printemps.” The duo also introduces a composition by Tristano himself, titled “A Soft Shell Groove Suite.”

June 8 at 21:00 | Grigory Sokolov live in Aix-en-Provence

The shy and elusive Grigroy Sokolov is one of the greatest pianists of our time. His performances leave critics and audiences alike speechless, like they don't quite believe what they have just experienced. In 2015, he played a beautiful recital with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, and Claude Debussy that took place at the Festival La Roque D'Anthéron in Aix-en-Provence. And just as he was wont to do, Sokolov delivered an unforgettable, magical musical moment. On the program: Bach – Partita for keyboard No. 1, BWV 825, Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Schubert – Sonata in a minor op. 143, Schubert – Six Moments Musicaux. The encores are Chopin – Mazurka in A minor, Chopin – Prelude No. 15 and Debussy – Prelude Canope.

June 15 at 21:00 | Kristine Opolais Recital

Critics praise her, and the audience loves her. Kristine Opolais, the prima donna and the star of the New York Metropolitan Opera, performs in her home country Latvia.  She gives a splendid concert with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, at the Latvian National Opera, in 2017. The program includes arias from operas that made Kristine an international star. It includes mostly Italian music that will encourage you to dream about love and think about what is truly important. Enjoy the most beautiful arias and instrumental pieces of opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Pietro Mascagni, Camille Saint-Saëns, Arrigo Boito, and Alfredo Catalani.

June 22 at 21:00 | Buxtehude – Abendmusik

Dietrich Buxtehude is one of the founding fathers of the 17th century German school, whose influence on composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, his spiritual son, cannot be overestimated. Not only was he an indisputable master of organ music, but also a prolific composer whose oeuvre consists of more than 200 works. Buxtehude spent his life traveling between Lübeck and Helsingborg, Hamburg and Copenhagen. Very innovative, at a pivotal time in the history of music, Buxtehude established the ‘Abendmusiken’ (Evening Concerts) that were introduced by his predecessor Franz Tunder on the five Sundays preceding Christmas. Let’s us join the Masques ensemble and the Vox Luminis choir and discover 17th century baroque music and the composer Buxtehude through his vocal compositions, ranging from spiritual concert, choral, aria to cantata parties. The ensembles are led by Olivier Fortin and Lionel Meunier. This concert was recorded in 2017 at Centre Amuz in Antwerp, Belgium.

June 29 at 21:00 | Gala from Berlin 2016

Grammy Award-winning virtuoso Daniil Trifonov enchants with first-class piano-playing when he steps up to the podium at the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in 2016. The Moscow-born pianist and composer has been described as one of the most astounding pianists of today. Lead by star-conductor Sir Simon Rattle, Trifonov and the Berliner Philharmoniker perform Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, some of the most dashing Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák, and excerpts from William Walton’s Façade.