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AUGUST 2018

100 Years of Bernstein
August 1 to 5     Bernstein & Beethoven
August 6 to 12   Bernstein & Brahms
August 13 to 20 Bernstein & Mahler
August 25 & 26  Bernstein Weekend

Stingray Classica devotes the entire month of August to Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), as Saturday, August 25 marks the famous American conductor, composer and pianist’s centenary! Stingray Classica celebrates the renowned maestro’s life and work with new concert footage, in which Bernstein’s music takes center stage!

Itzhak Perlman’s Birthday
August 31   10:00
Brahms – Violin Concerto
August 31   14:00
Beethoven – Violin Concerto
August 31   14:50
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 60th Anniversary
August 31   21:00
All Beethoven Concert
August 31   22:00
Perlman conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

On August 31 Stingray Brava and Stingray Classica celebrate the birthday of the great Israeli violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. During this day, Classica will broadcast no less than five concerts that feature Perlman as violist and conductor. Enjoy highly technical passages in Violin Concertos by Brahms and Beethoven. Furthermore, Perlman joins forces with Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma to perform beloved Beethoven pieces and stars as conductor in two splendid concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra!

Verbier Festival 2017
August 1     21:00
Richard Goode Piano Recital
August 2     21:00
Antonio Pappano conducts the VFO with Yefim Bronfman
August 3     21:00
Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts the VFCO with Mikhail Pletnev
August 3     14:10
George Li Piano Recital
August 4     21:00
Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts the VFCO with Andras Schiff
August 4     22:20
Lucas Debarguw Piano Recital
August 5     14:00
Ji Liu Piano Recital
August 5     21:00
Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Verbier Festival Orchestra with Janine Jansen

Stingray Classica opens August with eight never-before sen broadcasts from the Verbier Festival 2017! Enjoy performances by today’s greatest pianists, accompanied by the Verbier Festival Orchestra and wolrd-leading conductors Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Mikhail Pletnev.

JULY 2018

Haydn – The Seasons
4th July 2018, Wednesday, 9PM

From the Großes Festspielhaus: The Opening Concert of the Salzburg Festival 2013 – “Die Jahreszeiten” (The Seasons) by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Michael Schade (tenor), Florian Boesch (bass), Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. After “The Creation” (1798), “The Seasons” (1801) are Haydn’s second great German-language oratorio. It describes the seasons from the perspective of farmers: spring is the time of sowing and hope, in summer the whole nature revives, autumn brings harvest, hunting and vintage, in winter fog and darkness come. The popular four-part work is a summary of all that Haydn was able to describe in music.

Mahler – Symphony No. 8
6th July 2018, Friday, 9PM

Which work could be more suitable for Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – formerly known as the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, the most well-known flagship ensemble of El Sistema – to mark the highlight of the residency of El Sistema at the Salzburg Festival than Gustav Mahler’s Eighth, the “Symphony of a Thousand”? Eight top-notch soloists – among them Emily Magee, Juliane Banse, Klaus Florian Vogt and Kurt Rydl -, four choruses and the 200 orchestra musicians stretch the limits of the immense stage of the Großes Festspielhaus. “The invasion of sheer enthusiasm” (Der Standard).

Verdi – Falstaff
11th July 2018, Wednesday, 9PM

From Salzburg Festival: “Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Conductor: Zubin Mehta – Stage director: Damiano Michieletto. With Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff), Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs Alice Ford), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Eleonora Buratto (Nannetta), Elisabeth Kulman (Mrs Quickly), Javier Camarena (Fenton). In his last opera Verdi was aiming not to revive an amusing or ridiculous figure in the tradition of the Italian opera buffa but to portray a human character in all his different facets. In cooperation with the experienced librettist Arrigo Boito he wrote a lyric comedy quite unlike any other.

Verdi – Don Carlos
13th July 2018, Friday, 2PM

From the Salzburg Festival: “Don Carlo” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Conductor: Antonio Pappano – Stage director: Peter Stein. With Matti Salminen (Philip II), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos), Anja Harteros (Elisabeth of Valois), Thomas Hampson (Marquis of Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Princess Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (The Grand Inquisitor). Friedrich Schiller was one of Verdi’s favourite dramatists along with Shakespeare and Victor Hugo; the setting of “Don Carlos” is the longest and most ambitious of all his operas. In no other opera did Verdi explore such a rich variety of human relationships as in “Don Carlo”. His music invokes no less powerfully the scenes of the action and the atmosphere of hopelessness that dominates this dark drama from the very beginning.

Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
18th July 2018, Wednesday, 9PM

From the Residenzhof Salzburg, discover A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare with breathtaking music by Felix Mendelssohn. Under the baton of Ivor Bolton, this performance was adapted by Henry Mason and directed by Henry Mason. Shakespeare masterfully ties together complex layers of action: three lovers who try to find their true love, escapes, mix-ups and love potions, complexity and ambiguity as inherent as only in dreams. Mendelssohn’s enchanting music which he wrote for a production of this play is the perfect completion. “This music is like flying on a magic carpet” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). “What a feast of fantasy! What a feast for the senses!” (Stuttgarter Zeitung).

Salzburg Festival: Opening Concert 2011
20th July 2018, Friday, 2PM

In the Mahler year 2011, the eminent Pierre Boulez conducted the traditional opening concert of the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Salzburg Festival. The concert begins with the “Lulu Suite” by Gustav Mahler’s pupil Alban Berg. The music for the tragic temptress is sung here by the dazzling young soprano Anna Prohaska. In Berg’s concert aria “Der Wein”, Dorothea Röschmann delivers a masterful interpretation. The main work of the concert is Mahler’s “Das klagende Lied” – a great spectral opera for the mind’s eye scored for massive orchestral and vocal forces; the soloists are Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Larsson and Johan Botha.

Salzburg Festival: Opening Concert 2010
27th July 2018, Friday, 9PM

The opening concert of the Salzburg Festival, for many regarded as the world’s most renowned music festival, is by tradition a high-profile event. In 2010 the Festival celebrated its 90th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Great Festival Hall. The official opening concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Daniel Barenboim, one of today’s leading pianists and conductors who 45 years ago had made his debut at the Salzburg Festival. The event opened with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Daniel Barenboim as soloist and conductor. Followed by five “Notations” for Orchestra by Pierre Boulez, the highly acclaimed concert ended with Anton Bruckner’s “Te Deum”, performed by the famous singers Dorothea Röschmann, Elina Garanca, Klaus Florian Vogt and René Pape, the Chorus of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lucerne Festival: Abbado conducts Mahler No.4
8th July 2018, Sunday, 9PM

Mezzo soprano Magdalena Kožená does not only make the heavenly joys resound in the final movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, earlier in the concert, she devotes herself to the seraphic beauty and intimate simplicity of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder. Practically all songs that Mahler composed prior to 1900 were based on texts from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a collection of folk poems published by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim. Since then, Mahler turned exclusively towards one single poet, the Franconian orientalist and translator Friedrich Rückert. Mahler acknowledged that the poems moved him so deeply that he sometimes felt he had written them himself. In the transcendent final Lied, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, he also quoted a phrase from the Adagio of his fourth symphony. Asked what it meant, he replied that it personifies himself.

Mahler – Symphony No. 5
15th July 2018, Saturday, 9PM

With the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, a globally unique orchestra was formed, made sure of great moments and international headlines. “A conductor is back, an orchestra reborn” the New York Times wrote, “The miracle of Lucerne” praised the Berliner Tagesspiegel. In the summer of 2004, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra embarks on its second season. Once again, Claudio Abbado stands at the music stand of an exquisite orchestra drawing together outstanding orchestral musicians and soloists such as Kolja Blacher, Natalia Gutman, Reinhold Friedrich and Sabine Meyer. Live-recording including Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Lucerne Festival 2004 – Pollini plays Beethoven
21st July 2018, Saturday, 9PM

Maurizio Pollini and the Lucerne Festival play under the baton of maestro Claudio Abbado. At the yearly Lucerne Festival in Switzerland they perform the beautiful Piano Concerto No 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven. This Piano Concerto was composed between 1805 and 1806 and Beethoven himself played the solo when the concerto premiered in December 1808. In this concert the solo is played by the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, well known for his interpretations of works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin. This concert was recorded at the Lucerne Festival in 2004.

Lucerne Festival 2006
29th July 2018, Sunday, 9PM

The three hammer blows in the finale of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 seem prophetic: Mahler lost his position at the Wiener Staatsoper one year after this work premiered in 1906, his daughter died, and the composer was diagnosed with a cardiac anomaly. A pervading dark atmosphere is not unfamiliar in Mahler’s Symphonies, but to not have a glorious finale or peaceful acceptance was an absolute first for Mahler. The playful Mahler who referred to Austrian ländlers, birds, and cow bells, is nowhere to be found. In this light, it is no surprise that this work is known as ‘Tragic’, although Mahler himself retracted this title before publication.

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