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CLASSICA SEPTEMBER 2020 CHANNEL SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

METROPOLITAN OPERA : ITALY

Every Sunday afternoon in September, Stingray Classica broadcasts an Italian opera production by the New York Metropolitan Opera. Let yourself be enchanted by the exuberant works of three of Italy’s greatest composers: Verdi, Bellini, and Donizetti. The opera series commences on Sunday, September 6, with a 2018 performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s (1813–1901) La traviata. Montréal-based conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, as well as soloists Diana Damrau (Violetta), Juan Diego Flórez (Alfredo), Quinn Kelsey (Giorgio), Maria Zifchak (Annina), and Marco Antonio Jordao (Giuseppe). The following Sunday brings a 2017 interpretation of Vincenzo Bellini’s (1801–1835) Norma, an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal wizardry, and dramatic power. On Sunday, September 20, Enrique Mazzola conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera in a 2019 performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s (1797–1848) La fille du régiment. The special concludes on September 27 with a special broadcast on a prestigious, exclusive club of Verdi aficionados: Gruppo Appassionati Verdiani – We love Verdi!

BARENBOIM SONATAS : PART III

Argentinian-born pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim is one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time. In 1983, he interpreted the full cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas at the Austrian Schloss Hetzendorf in Vienna. In honor of Beethoven Year 2020 as well as Barenboim’s artistry, Stingray Classica airs Sonatas No. 16 to No. 23 of this highly esteemed concert cycle throughout September. Marvel at the artistic virtuosity of the Grammy-winning musician every Saturday night of September, in two subsequent premieres of Beethoven’s majestic piano sonatas!

BRUCKNER SPECIAL

Two of Austria’s classical greats meet in this series of September premieres: conductor Franz Welser-Möst leads the Cleveland Orchestra in five interpretations of Anton Bruckner’s best-known symphonies. Ansfelden-born Bruckner is renowned for his contribution to the advancement of the symphonic genre. At a time when many composers were intimidated by Beethoven’s impact on the symphonic form, Anton Bruckner decided to dedicate the majority of his composing efforts to it. Today, the typical structure of Bruckner’s symphonies is often regarded as an extension of that of Beethoven’s symphonies. Applaud the musicianship of the Cleveland Orchestra as it presents Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, No. 5, No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 under the baton of music director and Bruckner expert Franz Welser-Möst on Wednesdays in September.

LEGENDARY PIANISTS

In September, Stingray Classica offers front-row seats at three prestigious broadcast premieres of some of the most legendary pianists of our time. Delight in the virtuosic talents of Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) and Chinese pianist Lang Lang on Fridays, September 18 and 25. Legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) won his first praise for his interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 from none other than the composer himself. Fifty years later, on September 24, 1978, Horowitz electrified his audience once again with his performance of this monumental work. At the Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Anniversary Gala, music director Franz Welser-Möst led a program featuring pianist Lang Lang as soloist. The concert touches on over a century of Viennese musical traditions, with Lang Lang performing W. A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.

Arvo Pärt’s 85th Birthday

On the occasion of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s 85th birthday, Stingray Classica presents Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen on September 11. The work showcases the composer’s dedication to the genre of religious and spiritual music. In this broadcast, Kanon Pokajanen is performed by the Flemish chamber choir Aquarius under the baton of conductor Marc Michael de Smet in 2008.

CLASSICA OCTOBER 2020 CHANNEL SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

SACRED MUSIC PREMIERES

04 Oct (Sun) – Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass (1926)
11 Oct (Sun) – Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

The two first Sundays in October bring two premieres of sacred music to the homes of Stingray Classica viewers. On Sunday, October 4, Mariss Jansons conducts the chorus and instrumental ensemble of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass (1926) at the Lucerne Easter Festival of 2012. The following week brings a rendition of Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, recorded at the magnificent Baroque basilica of St. Florian, Austria in 2016. Here, on Anton Bruckner’s one-time home turf, the Wiener Singverein, the Cleveland Orchestra and its principal conductor Franz Welser-Möst interpret Brahm’s atypical Requiem, which is known to comfort the living through religious texts that are not traditionally associated with the liturgical character of requiem masses. The result is a work of great intensity that speaks to people of all faiths.

BEETHOVEN ANNIVERSARY 2020

07 Oct (Wed) – Beethoven’s Medical Secret
14 Oct (Wed) – Beethoven’s Symphon No 2 and 7
21 Oct (Wed) – The Hearing Machine
28 Oct (Wed) – Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Op. 109, 110, and 111

October, On Stingray Classica, the Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020 offers viewers a great variety of Beethoven-related spectacles, ranging from virtuosic piano recitals to myth-debunking documentaries. Let a lock of the legendary composer’s hair take you on an enigmatic journey through Ludwig van Beethoven’s later years, and witness the revelation of Beethoven’s “medical secret” on Wednesday, October 7. Watch Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa lead 63 members of the Saito Kinen Orchestra in a rendition of Beethoven’s Symphony Nos. 2 and 7 on October 14. On October 21, dive into the genius’ creative mind in “The Hearing Machine”, a documentary that sheds light on the device that helped Beethoven write music while he suffered a dramatic loss of hearing. Researcher, keyboardist, and Beethoven enthusiast Tom Beghin draws us inside this hearing machine, where the essence of Beethoven’s rambunctious and irresistibly poetic musical vibrations can be heard and felt alike. On October 28, Beghin interprets Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Op. 109, 110, and 111 helped by the hearing machine.

OPERA PREMIERES

18 Oct (Sun) – The Love For Three Oranges
25 Oct (Sun) – Tosca

In October, Stingray Classica offers two premieres of magnificent operas: Sergei Prokofiev’s “The Love For Three Oranges” and Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca”. Prokofiev’s satirical masterpiece, which was based on Carlo Gozzi’s play L’amore delle tre melarance, comes to you in a sparkling production from the Opéra national de Paris. Documentary maker Reiner E. Moritz was on hand to provide a revealing look behind the scenes in the insightful making-of film that directly precedes the opera’s broadcast on Sunday, October 18. The following week, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic shine in a phenomenal interpretation of Puccini’s “Tosca”, recorded at the Easter Festival 2017 in Baden-Baden. “Tosca” will cast its spell over you with its suspense-packed story and the unparalleled vocal wizardry of world-renowned soloists Kristine Opolais (Tosca) and Marcelo Álvarez (Mario Cavaradossi).

BARENBOIM SPECIAL PART IV

Argentinian-born pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim is one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time. In 1983, he interpreted the full cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas at the Austrian Schloss Hetzendorf in Vienna. In honor of the Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020 as well as Barenboim’s artistry, Stingray Classica airs Sonata Nos. 24 to 32 of this highly esteemed concert cycle throughout October. Marvel at the artistic virtuosity of the Grammy-winning musician every Saturday night of October, in two subsequent premieres of Beethoven’s majestic piano sonatas!

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