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Good Friday and Easter Weekend

April 19 to 21


Listening to The Passions by J. S. Bach on Good Friday is one of the greatest classical music traditions for over centuries. On Good Friday, Stingray Brava will broadcast a renditions of Bach’s beloved St. John Passion. The work was composed during Bach’s first year as cantor of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig and premiered on Good Friday in 1724. The evening offers the celebrated baroque specialists of the Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki. The Easter weekend on Stingray Brava features two recent Easter concerts performed by the Berlin Philharmonic: acclaimed conductor Bernhard Haitink presents Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Sixth Symphony while Manfred Honeck teams up with the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma!

Friday, April 19 at 21:00 | Bach - St. John Passion (Suzuki) 

The choir and the orchestra of the Bach Collegium Japan - shooting-star among the celebrated baroque specialists -perform the St John's Passion with only a small ensemble of about 50 musicians (as was custom at the time) under the former Ton Koopman student Masaaki Suzuki. Recorded Live from The Suntory Hall in Tokyo/Japan. Soloists: Gerd Tuerck, Stephan MacLeod, Chiyuki Urano, Miduri Suzuki, Robin Blaze.

Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 | Easter Concert in Baden-Baden 2015

Bernard Haitink conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, 2015. On the program are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, and Violin Concerto, Op. 61. The award-winning Isabelle Faust is the soloist, and since her recordings with Claudio Abbado, she’s the first choice when it comes to this masterpiece. Beethoven composed his Symphony No. 6 between 1802 and 1808. Nicknamed "Pastoral Symphony," this piece is one of the few examples of program music for the German composer. Unlike other Beethoven symphonies, this piece has not four, but five movements, each with a programmatic title.

Saturday, April 20 at 14:00 | Bach - St Matthew Passion (Koopman) 

You are watching a beautiful interpretation of one of Johann Sebastian Bach's greatest masterpieces: St. Matthew's Passion. Under the great Ton Koopman, this timeless piece is portrayed in truly authentic and stunning fashion. Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir. Soloists: Hana Blazíková (s) - Maarten Engeltjes - (ct) Tilman Lichdi Jörg Dürmüller - (t) Falko Hönisch - (bariton, Jesus)  - Klaus Mertens - (b).

Sunday, April 21 at 11:30 | Handel - Brockes-Passion (HWV 48)

The Apollo Ensemble performs Händel’s Brockes-Passion (HWV 48) in the Oudhoornse Kerk in Alphen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands. The Brockes-Passion is a German oratorio libretto by Barthold Heinrich Brockes first published in 1712 and revised multiple times in the years after. Brockes was an influential German poet who re-worked the traditional form of the Passion oratorio, adding reflective and descriptive poetry into the texture of the Passion. The most famous setting of the text is by Händel. It is not known exactly why or when the composer set the text of the Brockes-Passion, which was already used by other composers, but it is known the work was performed in Hamburg in 1719. Händel's Brockes-Passion is said to be a worthy contribution to the genre, with passages of great beauty, such as the duet for Mary and her son. Bach was influenced by the work in his famous St John Passion.

Sunday, April 21 at 14:00 | Easter Concert in Baden-Baden 2016

This concert may be called a meeting of musical giants: Manfred Honeck conducts the Berlin Philharmonic while cellist Yo-Yo Ma features as soloist. Success guaranteed when these artists take the stage at the 2016 Easter Concert from the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden! Honeck, musical director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, made his successful debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2013. Yo-Yo Ma has played regularly with the orchestra since 1978. The concert opens with Brahms' Tragic Overture, Op. 81, followed by Schumann's Concerto for Cello, Op. 129. The orchestra concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique.” While Schumann’s Cello Concerto was never played during his lifetime, Tchaikovsky died just nine days after the premiere of his Symphony No. 6.