For your streaming pleasure: Verbier Festival 2011
Excuse the late notice, but Friday marks the start of live performances being streamed from the high-profile Verbier Festival in Switzerland, via medici.tv.
This is an amazing site any time of the year for lovers of classical music. You need to buy a subscription to watch some of the items in the treasure trove, but a great deal of material is available for free viewing, including 24 events from Verbier.
I just tuned into the opening concert of this year's festival (the orchestra is warming up onstage as I write this); Charles Dutoit conducts Stravinsky's "Petrushka" and, with the marvelous Nelson Freire as soloist, Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. (Glad to know that Freire, who canceled performances last season, including a recital in Baltimore, is now doing well.)
Other stellar artists on the Verbier schedule include ...
July 16: Lars Vogt: recital of Janacek, Schubert and Beethoven
July 16: David Garrett / Gábor Takács-Nagy: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
July 17: Béjart Ballet Lausanne: Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"
July 18: Khatia Buniatishvilli / Dutoit: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3
July 19: Angelika Kirchschlager / Takács-Nagy: Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas"
July 20: Bryn Terfel: recital of Schubert, Schumann, Ibert, Quilter
July 21: Stephen Hough: recital of Beethoven, Hough, Scriabin and Liszt
July 21: Kirchschlager / Thomas Quasthoff / Manfred Honeck: Mendelssohn's "Elijah"
July 22: Jan Lisiecki: recital of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Bach and Chopin
July 22: Martha Argerich / Renaud Capuçon / Yuri Bashmet /Nelson Goerner: Chamber music
July 23: Martin Helmchen: recital of Bach, Liszt and Beethoven
July 23: Evgeny Kissin: recital of Liszt (not streamed live)
July 24: Terfel / Barbara Frittoli /Aleksander Antonenko / Gianandrea Noseda: Puccini's "Tosca"
July 25: Joshua Bell / Renaud Capuçon / Daniel Harding: Violin Night
July 26: Khatia Buniatshvili recital of Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev and Stravinsky
July 26: Verbier Festival Celebrates — Argerich / Bell / Kissin / Bashmet / Quastoff / Gidon Kremer / Mischa Maisky / Ivry Gitlis
July 27: Yuja Wang / Yuri Temirkanov: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
July 28: Arabella Steinbacher: recital of Beethoven, Bach and Brahms
July 28: Wang/ Leonidas Kavakos/ Gautier Capuçon: Chamber music
July 29: Quatuor Ebène plays Borodin Quartet No. 2 and Brahms Quartet No. 2
July 29: Bell / Repin / Arabella Steinbacher /Julian Rachlin: Violin Night 2
July 30: Valery Gergiev: Dutilleux, Strauss, Wagner ("Die Walküre" Act 1)
July 31: A Crazy Night in Verbier: Vadim Repin @ 40