April 19 and April 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 Classica will broadcast two 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 afternoon offers the celebrated baroque specialists of the Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki, while in the evening, Sir Simon Rattle takes centre stage with the marvellous Berlin Philharmonic. Solo parts are sung by the world’s most renowned soloists, among them Ian Bostridge and Thomas Quasthoff. The Easter weekend on Stingray Classica closes with 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!