DNA in May
Thursdays in May
On Thursday evenings in May at 21:00 CEST, Stingray Classica's special DNA in May shines a light on stars of classical music whose immaculate musical skill and talent run in the family. The special starts on May 5 with a great performance by two French musical sisters: violinist and cellist Camille and violinist and violist Julie Berthollet. Accompanied by pianist Guillaume Vincent and Ensemble Appassionato, the sisters perform a repertoire of classical music, jazz, and film music. On May 12, the famous soloist siblings Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Philip Glass's Concerto for two pianos, accompanied by Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Jaap van Zweden. One week later, Stingray Classica presents two Franz Liszt piano transcriptions of Richard Wagner’s works. Wagner was married to Liszt’s daughter Cosima, making him Liszt’s son-in-law. The evening opens with Liszt’s transcription of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, S.442 performed by Mengjie Han, recorded during the quarter finals of the Liszt Piano Competition 2014. This is followed by a transcription of ‘Isoldens Liebestod’ from Wagner’s opera ‘Tristan und Isolde’, performed by Costantino Catena. Last in this series, on May 26, is a performance of Ascension oratorios by J. S. Bach and his most famous son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Recorded at the Bachfest in 2004, Sigiswald Kuijken conducts baroque ensemble La Petite Bande and the Ex Tempore choir.
Berthollet Sisters at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Thursday, May 5 | 21:00
For this exceptional recital, recorded in 2019 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Camille (cello) and Julie Berthollet (violin) are accompanied by pianist Guillaume Vincent and the Ensemble Appassionato under the direction of Mathieu Herzog. The two musical sisters have chosen a repertoire which crosses genres and eras to explore the expressive palette of the violin and cello, from the baroque of Vivaldi to the jazzy notes of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grapelli. Among the works on the program are Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5 and No. 6, Karl Jenkins' Palladio, 'Theme from Forrest Gump' by Alan Silvestri, Schumann's Piano Quintet, Op. 44, The Red Violin by Corigliano, Hungarian Rhapsody, op. 68 by Popper, Minor Swing by Reinhardt/Grappeli and Csárdás by Monti.
Glass - Double Concerto for Two Pianos
Thursday, May 12 | 21:00
As part of a new collaboration with the famous composer of "music with repetitive structures" Philip Glass, French pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque perform the European premiere of Glass's Concerto for two pianos with the Orchester de Paris. The program continues with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 with the Orchester de Paris, directed by Jaap van Zweden, current music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the next musical director of the New York Philharmonic.
Liszt/Wagner - Tannhäuser Overture S.442
Thursday, May 19 | 21:00
Mengjie Han (*1989) performs Franz Liszt’s transcription of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, S.442, during the quarter finals of the Liszt Piano Competition 2014. Han studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Marlies van Gent, and with Jan Wijn at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He has taken part in masterclasses with among others Paul Komen, Rian de Waal, Boris Petrushansky, Jacques Rouvier, Leslie Howard and Dmitri Bashkirov. He won First Prize at the Steinway Piano Competition, the Princess Christina Competition, and the International Piano Contest Maria Campina in Portugal.
Liszt/Wagner - Isoldens Liebestod
Thursday, May 19 | 21:15
Italian pianist Costantino Catena performs Franz Liszt’s transcription of ‘Isoldens Liebestod’ from Richard Wagner’s opera ‘Tristan und Isolde’. This performance was recorded at the Church of the Jesuit College in Trapani, Italy.
Bachfest Leipzig 2004: Ascension Oratorios
Thursday, May 26 | 21:00
Sigiswald Kuijken conducts baroque ensemble La Petite Bande and the Ex Tempore choir at the St. Nicolas Church in Leipzig in this recording from Bachfest 2004, a leading music festival for the performance of the Bach family's music. This concert opens with J. S. Bach’s Ascension Oratorio “Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen” (BWV 11). Written in 1735, this short work ended up being the composer’s final contribution to the genre. Due to its brevity, the oratorio was accidentally classified as a cantata in the Bach Gesamtausgabe of 1852. Next is “Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu” (Wq 240), an oratorio by Bach’s most famous son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Soloists are Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Patrizia Hardt (alto), Christoph Einhorn (tenor), Christoph Genz (tenor), Jan van der Crabben (baritone), and Stephan Genz (bass).