Women in Classical Music
Fridays in May
In May, Stingray Classica presents three brand-new programs that feature women in classical music. On three consecutive Friday nights, marvel at the skill of three classical stars on the rise. Friday May 14 brings a concert premiere of French pianist Anne Queffélec interpreting various solo piano works of Beethoven at the 2020 edition of the Festival de Rocamadour. This Paris Conservatoire graduate began playing the piano at the age of five and is not only recognized for her exquisite solo performances, but also for her chamber music collaborations with contemporary greats of the genre. On May 22, Australian flautist Ana de la Vega joins forces with Spanish oboist Ramón Ortega Quero in a musical performance recorded shortly after the onset of worldwide social distancing in April 2020. The following week, Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska performs with conductor Claudio Abbado and the Símon Bolívar Youth Orchestra in a 2010 Lucerne Easter Festival concert.
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas No. 1, 14 & 32
Friday, 14 May | 21:00
French pianist Anne Queffélec performs solo piano music by Ludwig van Beethoven at the atmospheric Basilique Saint-Sauveur, recorded during the Festival de Rocamadour on August 17, 2020. On the program are Beethoven's Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2/1; Piano Sonata No. 14 ("Moonlight") in C-sharp minor, marked Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2; and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 - the very last of Beethoven's piano sonatas.
Works for Flute & Oboe: Haydn, Schumann, Bach
Friday, 21 May | 21:00
On April 9, 2020, when that year's pandemic forced concert life to a standstill, flautist Ana de la Vega and oboist Ramón Ortega Quero were well into their scheduled concert tour. They played their concert at Palais Lichtenau in the German city of Potsdam as planned, albeit without an audience. This intimate recording is the result. On the program are Joseph Haydn's “Londoner” Trio No.1 C Hb. IV/1, Clara Schumann's Drei Romanzen, Op.22, Antonín Dvořák's Silent Woods for cello and piano, J. S Bach's Trio Sonata in C minor from “Musikalischen Opfer” BWV 1079 and Robert Schumann's Drei Romanzen, Op. 94. The concert concludes with Ignaz Moscheles's Concertante in F.
Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky
Friday, 28 May | 21:00
Claudio Abbado conducts the Símon Bolívar Youth Orchestra at the Lucerne Easter Festival of 2010. Soloist is the young and talented Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska. On the program are Sergei Prokofiev's “Scythian Suite”, Op. 20, Alban Berg's Lulu Suite for soprano and orchestra, and Pamina's Aria from W. A. Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. The orchestra concludes with a performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Op. 74.