Thursdays in June
On Thursday evenings in June at 21:00 CEST, Stingray Classica premieres four wonderful new piano recital recordings by three renowned pianists. On June 2, award-winning Italian pianist Leonora Armellini performs works by J. S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, and Franz Liszt. On June 9, Lithuanian pianist Vadim Chaimovich presents a program of lesser-known piano works by the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner, whose fame relies largely on his symphonies. A week later, on June 16, Stingray Classica broadcasts a recital dedicated to works by Felix Mendelssohn. It is performed by Roberto Prosseda, one of today’s leading interpreters of Mendelssohn’s piano repertoire. On June 23, Prosseda returns to Stingray Classica with performances of piano music by Alexander Scriabin, Alban Berg, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Piano works by Bach, Chopin & Liszt
Thursday, June 2 | 21:00
The Italian pianist Leonora Armellini (*1992) graduated summa cum laude at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome in 2009, under the guidance of Sergio Perticaroli. She won several national and international competitions, including the Premio Venezia (2005) and the Camillo Togni International Competition (2009). Moreover, Armellini was awarded the Janina Nawrocka Prize for “extraordinary musicality and beauty of sound” at the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010). In this recital, Armellini plays Ferruccio Busoni's adaptation of J. S. Bach's Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge, BWV 903, followed by Frédéric Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 25. The recital ends with Franz Liszt’s Après une lecture de Dante, Fantasia Quasi Sonata. This performance was recorded at Palazzo Orsato Lazara Giusti del Giardino in Padua, Italy.
Piano works by Bruckner
Thursday, June 9 | 21:00
Lithuanian pianist Vadim Chaimovich (*1978) has won several prizes at international piano competitions, such as the Schubert Competition in Dortmund, the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland, and the 29th Masterplayers International Music Competition in Lugano. Moreover, the pianist has performed in several European countries, Japan, and the USA , and has played at many international music festivals. In the current recital, Chaimovich performs piano works by Anton Bruckner. On the program are Klavierstück in E-flat major, WAB 119, Erinnerung in A-flat major, WAB 117, Lancier-Quadrille Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4 in C major, WAB 120, Steiermärker in G major, WAB 122, Stille Betrachtung an einem Herbstabend ('Quiet meditation on an autumn evening') in F-sharp minor, WAB 123, Fantasie in G major, WAB 118, and Piano sonata in G minor, WAB 243.
Piano works by Mendelssohn
Thursday, June 16 | 21:00
The Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda (*1975) is considered one of today’s leading interpreters of Felix Mendelssohn’s piano repertoire. Prosseda’s discovery of unknown Mendelssohn compositions made the headlines throughout Europe and led to several releases on the celebrated Decca label. In the current recital, recorded in 2015 at Teatro alle Vigne in Lodi, Italy, Prosseda performs a selection of Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words (Lieder ohne Worte) (Op. 19 No. 1, Op. 38 No. 2, Op. 38 No. 6, Op. 53 No. 2, Op. 30 No. 6, and Op. 62 No. 2), Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, and Fantasie, Op. 28.
Piano works by Scriabin, Berg & Beethoven
Thursday, June 23 | 21:00
The Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda (*1975) is particularly noted for his performances of newly discovered works by Felix Mendelssohn. Moreover, Prosseda is particularly praised for his interpretations of W. A. Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin. He won major prizes in several piano competitions and has frequently performed with some of the world’s most important orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In this recital, Prosseda performs Alexander Scriabin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2, Alan Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111. This performance was recorded at Teatro alle Vigne in Lodi, Italy, in 2015.