Easter Premieres

April 16 & 17, 2017

Easter 2017 on Stingray Brava is dedicated to British and Irish composers, Parry, Stanford and Elgar. These three composers took late 19th century English classical music to new heights. Their contemporary counterpart David Matthews (*1943) follows in their footsteps.

Edward Elgar's arrangement of Charles Hubert Parry's song “Jerusalem”, a setting of William Blake's poem, And did those feet in ancient time, traditionally concludes the annual BBC Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall. Vox Mago performs Parry’s well-known coronation anthem “I was glad when they said unto me”. The Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford tried his hand in many genres, but his fame primarily rests on his choral works for church performance in the Anglican Communion. Vox Mago selected Stanford's Mass in G major, Op. 46 for their performance, alongside the great Edward Elgar's adaptation of Psalm 47: Great is the Lord, Op. 67.

Sunday April 16 at 21:00 CET | Great Cathedral Composers

Vox Mago is Ghent’s Academy of Music, Word and Dance’s concert choir. Led by Patrick Debrabandere, this dynamic group of vocalists delivers sheer quality as showcased in the program Great Cathedral Composers. This project features cathedral music by great British composers Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Edward Elgar and Charles Hubert Parry.

Conductor: Patrick Debrabandere
Composers: Charles Hubert Parry, Edward Elgar, Charles Villiers Stanford
Performers: Vox Mago
Producer: Audiovisuals BVBA, Ghent, Belgium
Soloists: Helena Maes, Anita Dur, Joris Bosman, Joris Stroobants
Location: Sint-Jacobskerk, Ghent, Belgium
Year: 2016

Monday April 17 at 21:00 CET | Le Festival Radio de France - Kreuzer Quartet 

David Matthews (1943) follows a route similarly taken by older composers such as Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten. Like theirs, Matthews' music is firmly rooted in Vienna's classical tradition. Moreover, he is strongly influenced by 20th-century modernist composers Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius. Matthews writes tonal music in today's idiom reflecting on the past, while exploring traditional forms of music. In this broadcast, Kreutzer Quartet plays Matthews’ String Quartet No. 4, Opus 127. Beethoven's Groβe Fuge, Op. 133 closes the concert. Although this one-movement composition originally served as the final movement of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13, Groβe Fuge was eventually published separately.

Production: Karl More Productions/Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon
Director: René Koering
Composers: David Matthews, Ludwig von Beethoven
Performers: Kreutzer Quartet