Summer Webcast Series Returns to the Verbier Festival July 18

Classic Arts Features Summer Webcast Series Returns to the Verbier Festival July 18 returns for the second consecutive season to the Verbier Festival, where it will offer 27 webcasts between July 18 and August 3.

Having kicked off its summer season last month from Aspen, the free online service by French music producer Medici Arts (under the direction of Herv_ Boissire) moves on to Switzerland where the upcoming coverage will feature a veritable "who's who" of the world's leading classical music artists.

The Verbier Festival provided the forum for's pilot program last season, launching the service's foray into offering live webcasts from the world's great concert halls and music festivals. The venture has since been lauded by the Toronto Star as "initiating the next seismic shift in the world of classical music," and been dubbed "A breakthrough" by the Los Angeles Times.

Now a year later, following the recent highly successful webcasts from the Aspen Music Festival and the Aix-en-Provence Festival (still available for archived streaming), medici prepares to offer another eclectic series from the scenic Swiss mountain village, beginning on July 18 with Paavo J‹rvi leading the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra in a program of Strauss, Mozart and Brahms.

Other names comprising the all-star lineup include Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell, Nicola Benedetti, Measha Brueggergosman, Gautier And Renaud Capu‹on, Christoph Eschenbach, Martin Fr‹st, Matthias Goerne, Leila Josefowicz, Leonidas Kavakos, Nikolai Lugansky, Mischa Maisky, Gianandrea Noseda, Maxim Vengerov and Alisa Weilerstein.

Click here to read a recent interview with director Herv_ Boissire.


Complete Listing of Verbier Webcasts

Friday, July 18 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra
Paavo J‹rvi, conductor
Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 (orch. Arnold Schoenberg)

Saturday, July 19 _ 11:00 am _ Church (delayed)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Jonathan Gilad, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 5 for cello and piano, Op. 102, No. 2
Benjamin Britten: Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65
Golijov: Omaramor for solo cello
Fr_d_ric Chopin: Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 65

Saturday, July 19 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
Lura, singer

Sunday, July 20 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra
Paavo J‹rvi, conductor
Mayuko Kamio, violin
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Jonathan Gilad, piano
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Overture
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for piano, violin, cello, and orchestra, Op. 56
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2, Op. 27

Monday, July 21 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
Sweet Honey in the Rock
A cappella singers

Tuesday, July 22 _ 11:00 am _ Church
Kirill Troussov, violin
Alexandra Troussova, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano, Op. 12, No. 3
Vitali: Chaconne (arr. Ferdinand David)
Eugene Ysaêe: Sonata No. 6 for solo violin
C_sar Franck: Sonata for violin and piano in A major

Tuesday, July 22 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
New Encounters I: Joshua Bell, violin; Yuri Bashmet, viola; Mischa Maisky, cello; Martha Argerich & Stephen Kovacevich, pianos
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (Argerich)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Two Bagatelles, Op. 126 (Kovacevich)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 (Kovacevich)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante and Five Variations for piano (four hands), K. 501 (Argerich/Kovacevich)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (Argerich, Bell, Bashmet, Maisky)

Wednesday, July 23 _ 11:00 am _ Church
Jean-Fr_d_ric Neuburger, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 29, Op.106 "Hammerklavier"
Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque
Fr_d_ric Chopin: Cinq Etudes, Op. 10, Nos. 5, 6, 10, 11, & 12

Wednesday, July 23 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
New Encounters II: Ilya Gringolts, Kirill Troussov, & Julian Rachlin, violins; Yuri Bashmet & Lawrence Power, violas; Jakob Koranyi & Mischa Maisky, cellos; Leigh Mesh, bass; Martin Fr‹st, clarinet; Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe; Boris Berezovsky & Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Sergei Prokofiev: Quintet for winds & strings, Op. 39 (Fr‹st, Ogrintchouk, Gringolts, Power, Mesh)
Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (Berezovsky, Lugansky)
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: String Sextet, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence" (Rachlin, Troussov, Bashmet, Power, Maisky, Chang)

Thursday, July 24 _ 11:00 am _ Church (delayed)
Mayuko Kamio, violin
Julien Quentin, piano
Eugne Ysaêe: Sonata No. 4 for solo violin, Op. 27
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for violin & piano, No. 34, K. 526
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for violin & piano, No. 1, Op. 80

Thursday, July 24 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Berg: Three Fragments for soprano and orchestra from Wozzeck
Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Op. 47
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral"), Op. 68

Friday, July 25 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
New Encounters III: UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Maxim Vengerov, conductor
Salvatore Accardo & Henning Kraggerud, violinists; Yuri Bashmet & Antoine Tamestit, violas; Gautier Capu‹on, Milk‹s Per_nyi, & Alisa Weilerstein, cellos; Nicholas Angelich, Igor Levitt, & Menahem Pressler, pianos
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for piano and strings, K. 493 (Angelich, Kraggerud, Bashmet, Per_nyi)
Robert Schumann: Quartet for piano and strings, Op. 47 (Pressler, Accardo, Tamestit, Capu‹on), conducted by Vengerov

Saturday, July 26 _ 11:00 am _ Church
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Adrian Brendel, cello
Martin Fr‹st, clarinet
Kit Armstrong, Jonathan Gilad, pianos
Beethoven: Seven Variations "Bei M‹nnern..." Woo 46 (Brendel, Armstrong)
Haydn: Trio for piano, violin, & cello, Hob XV/23 (Armstrong, Benedetti, Brendel)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for piano, clarinet, & cello, Op. 11 (Gilad, Fr‹st, Brendel)

Saturday, July 26 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Joshua Bell, conductor & violin
Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo-soprano
Julien Quentin, piano
Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 1, Hob.VIIa/1
Schubert: Lieder (arr. for mezzo-soprano and strings by Bren Plummer): "Ganymed" D. 544, "Geheimes" D. 719, "Heldenr‹slein" D. 257, "Du bist die Ruh" D. 776, "Rastlose Liebe" D. 138
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden" (arr. for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler)

Sunday, July 27 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
New Encounters IV: Renaud Capu‹on, Nicola Benedetti, & Julian Rachlin, violins; Antoine Tamestit, viola; Gautier Capu‹on & Mischa Maisky, cellos; Piotr Anderszewski & Nikolai Lugansky, pianos
Anton‹n Dvoršk: Quintet for piano & strings, Op. 81 (Anderszewski, Capu‹on, Benedetti, Tamestit, Capu‹on)
Sergei Rachmaninov: Elegiac Trio, Op. 9 (Lugansky, Rachlin, Maisky)

Monday, July 28 _ 11:00 am _ Church
Leila Josefowicz, violin
John Novacek, piano
Johannes Brahms: Scherzo in C minor from the "F-A-E Sonata"
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata, Op. 134
Igor Stravinsky: Duo concertant
Erki-Sven T‹‹r: Conversion
Franz Schubert: Rondo, "Rondo brillant", D. 895

Monday, July 28 _ 8:00 pm _ Church
Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Leos Janšcek: Sonata 1.X.1905
Sergei Prokofiev: Seven extracts from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75
Franz Liszt: "Sposalizio" and "Les jeux d'eau ê_ la Villa d'Este" from Ann_es de Plerinage; Sonetto del Petrarca, No. 123; Quatre Transcendental Etudes

Tuesday, July 29 _ 11:00 am _ Church (delayed)
Yuja Wang, piano
Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (arr. Alan Richardson)
Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (arr. Rachmaninov/Cziffra)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. Rachmaninov)
Alexandre Scriabin: Sonata No. 2, Op. 19 "Sonata-Fantasy"
Maurice Ravel: La Valse

Tuesday, July 29 _  8:00 pm _ Church
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Christoph Eschenbach, piano
Songs by Schumann and Brahms

Wednesday, July 30 _ 11:00 am _ Church (delayed)
Lawrence Power, viola
Julien Quentin, piano
York Bowen: Fantasy, Op. 54
Dmitri Shostakovich: Seven pieces (arr. Vadim Borisovsky)
Robert Schumann: M‹rchenbilder, Op. 113
Sergei Prokofiev: Five extracts from Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64b (arr. Vadim Borisovsky)

Wednesday, July 30 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Gšbor Takšcs-Nagy, conductor
Barbara Bonney, soprano
Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo-soprano
Simon Lepper, piano
Felix Mendelssohn: Six Duets, Op. 63 (Bonney, Kirchschlager, Lepper)
Robert Schumann: Three Lieder from Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74 (Bonney, Kirchschlager, Lepper)
Camille Saint-SaêŠns: Pastorale (Bonney, Kirchschlager, Lepper)
Ernest Chausson: "La Nuit", from Three Duets, Op. 11 (Bonney, Kirchschlager, Lepper)
Jules Massenet: "Oh! Ne finis jamais" from Six pomes d'amour (Bonney, Kirchschlager, Lepper)
Gabriel Faur_: Duet for two sopranos, Op. 10 (Bonney, Kirchschlager, Lepper)
Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (Takšcs-Nagy/UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra)
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24 (Bonney, Takšcs-Nagy, UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra)
featuring Rufus Wainwright

Thursday, July 31 _ 11:00 am _ Church
Rafal Blechacz, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for piano, No. 9, K. 311
Claude Debussy: Estampes
Karol Szymanoswki: Variations, Op. 3
Fr_d_ric Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Thursday, July 31 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Weber: Der Freisch‹tz, Overture
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder for baritone and orchestra
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Friday, August 1 _ 11:00 am _ Church
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Julien Quentin, piano
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne, BWV 1004
Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Johannes Brahms: Scherzo in C minor from the "F-A-E Sonata"
Eugne Ysaêe: Sonata No. 5, Op. 27
Ernest Chausson: Pome
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane

Friday, August 1 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
New Encounters V: Salvatore Accardo & Leonidas Kavakos, violins; Nobuko Imai, viola; Lynn Harrell & Frans Helmerson, cellos; Leigh Mesh, bass; Martin Fr‹st, clarinet; H_lne Grimaud, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet for strings and winds, Op. 20 (Accardo, Imai, Helmerson, Mesh, Fr‹st, Guerrier; bassoonist tba)
Schumann:  Trio No. 3 for piano, violin, and cello

Saturday, August 2 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Paul McCreesh, conductor
Renaud Capu‹on, violin
Fazil Say, piano
Julien Quentin, harpsichord
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia in D (from Easter Oratorio, BWV 249)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for piano and strings, BWV 1056
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia in D (from Cantata BWV 42)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for violin and strings in A minor, BWV 1041
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia in G major (from Cantata BWV 174)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for orchestra No. 3 in D, BWV 1068

Sunday, August 3 _ 7:00 pm _ M_dran
UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Kristina Kapustinskaya, mezzo-soprano
H_lne Grimaud, piano
Shchedrin: Aria for mezzo-soprano and orchestra from The Enchanted Wanderer
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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