Every Saturday in May
Every Saturday evening in May, Stingray Classica presents a brand-new concert, recently recorded at Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Titled Pianomania!, this five-part concert series features both keyboard legends as well as today’s stars and upcoming piano talents of tomorrow. Menahem Pressler shows age is no issue when delivering a refined Mozart interpretation, as does Elisabeth Leonskaja in an all-Beethoven concert, performing his last three piano sonatas. Today’s piano sensation Daniil Trifonov displays his virtuosity and craftmanship in Schumann’s Piano Concerto, while the talented Italian pianista Beatrice Rana performs some of the composer’s solo piano beauties. The audience brings their hands together for a powerful and versatile collaboration of compatriots Pedro Burmester and Mário Laginha!
Saturday, May 4 at 21:00 | Pedro Burmester & Mário Laginha
The Portuguese pianists Pedro Burmester and Mário Laginha bundle their forces in a diverse concert program. This concert opens with a piano transcription of Astor Piazzolla’s La Grande Tango, which was originally composed for piano and cello. After this energetic performance, Burmester plays Chopin’s beloved First Ballade, Op. 23. Laginha joins again for two interesting two-piano transcriptions of impressionistic works: Debussy’s Prélude “À l´après-midi d´un faune,” and Maurice Ravel’s “La valse.” The duo close the concert with two more encores: Arthur Benjamin's “Jamaica Rumba” and “Rosa” by Pixinguinha. This concert is recorded at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, in 2018.
Saturday, May 11 at 21:00 | Elisabeth Leonskaja
Elisabeth Leonskaja (1945) performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas (Op. 109, 110 and 111) during a concert recorded at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, in 2018. Beethoven's last three sonatas mark a culmination in the classical-romantic sonata form, and it is also Beethoven's farewell to the genre. The composer not only aesthetically and emotionally heralds the arrival of the Romantic Age in music but also profoundly alters what had been the accepted parameters of sonata form. Because of these three works, it was possible for Liszt to create his Sonata in B minor. Leonskaja began her studies at the Moscow Conservatory in 1964, during which she won multiple international prizes. In 1978 Leonskaja left the Soviet Union and has resided in Vienna, Austria, since then.
Saturday, May 18 at 21:00 | Menahem Pressler
The Gulbenkian Orchestra is conducted by Leo Hussain in a concert program which features ballet music from Mozart's opera Idomeneo and Stravinsky's Petrushka. Menahem Pressler (1923-) is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 (K. 488). The career of the German-born Israeli-American pianist quickly launched after winning top prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco. During his extensive career, Pressler earned six Grammy nominations and a lifetime achievement award from Gramophone Magazin. Mozart finished his 23rd Piano Concerto in March 1786, only two months prior to the premiere of his Le nozze di Figaro. Stravinsky’s Petrushka tells the story of the loves and jealousies of three puppets. The ballet premiered in 1911, by Sergei Diaghilev's famous Ballets Russes, with Vaslav Nijinksy in the leading role. This concert is recorded at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, in 2018.
Saturday, May 25 at 21:00 | Daniil Trifonov
Hannu Lintu conducts the Gulbenkian Orchestra in a Finnish flavoured concert program, since the concert features Cantus Articus, Op. 61 by Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. Furtermore, Daniil Trifonov (1991) is star soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Op. 54, which was premiered in 1841 by Clara Wieck, wife of the composer. Trifonov rose to fame after winning prizes at both the Tchaikovsky International Chopin competition in Moscow as well as the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Trifonov has been called "arguably today's leading classical virtuoso,” and “without question the most astounding pianist of our age." This concert is recorded at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, in 2018.
Wednesday, May 29 at 21:00 | Beatrice Rana
The young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana (1993) provides the public a colourful piano recital at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, in 2018. Rana opens with two works by Robert Schumann. His Blumenstück, Op. 19, is a short piano piece dating from 1839 and generally not included among the composer's more poetically inspired adventurous pieces. It is followed by the highly technically demanding Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13. After Schumann, Rana dives right into the 20th century with Maurice Ravel’s impressionistic five-part suite for piano Miroirs. The concert concludes with Guido Agosti’s transcription of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.