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July 15, 2011

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 ...

Martha Argerich, Bryn Terfel, and Valery Gergiev -- more than enough reason to be near a computer around 1 p.m. EST for the live streams on medici.tv. I think video of the performance swill be archived and available for calling up on the Web site afterward for several days. Here's the remaining schedule:

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

Posted by Tim Smith at 12:50 PM | | Comments (1)
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Enjoyed the orchestra concerts on Friday and today (monday). Sure wish we could see more of the orchestra than just strings. Ein Heldenleben without horns???

I've had a mostly audio experience of Verbier so far, keeping the video out of sight while at work, so I didn't realize that the cameras were missing so much important stuff. Maybe a budget thing. TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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