Classica is a channel for the classical music lovers. It brings home live broadcasts of concerts, world premieres, and legendary recordings of the best classical music, operas, and ballets. It also features documentaries and interviews about the greatest artists and orchestras, and world renowned stages.

CLASSICA CHANNEL HIGHLIGHTS

NOVEMBER 2019

Concert Premieres
November 9th, 16th and 23rd
Saturday Night

On Saturday nights in November, Stingray Classica viewers get front-row seats to performance premieres featuring some of the biggest names of today’s classical music scene. On Saturday, the 9th, the pianist sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque showcase their powerful virtuosity in a performance of Philip Glass’ Double Concerto. This prestigious premiere is directly followed by another: on the 16th of November, American star-conductor Marin Alsop leads the Britten-Pears Orchestra in a performance of Peter and the Wolf. On the 23rd, Alexandre Tharaud is featured in a compilation of Beethoven’s most important sonatas.

Ballet on Ice
November 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
Thursday Nights

As the days get colder, Stingray Classica invites viewers to a winter wonderland. On seven Thursdays in November and December, the Imperial Ice Stars perform a series of captivating performances combining the beauty of ballet with the effortless appeal of the art of figure skating. The special begins on the 7th of November with a wintery classic: The Nutcracker. On the 14th, a production of Sleeping Beauty from 2004 promises fairytale-like enchantment. The 21st of November brings Swan Lake and the 28th ends the month with an interpretation of Cinderella. In December, the special continues with two more breathtaking ballets on ice: Swan Lake, and a 2013 interpretation of Sleeping Beauty.

Tafelmusik Special

The German term Tafelmusik describes music that is usually played at feasts and banquets, and this month’s special is dedicated exclusively to the genre. Stingray Classica shines the spotlight on three powerful performances of the Canadian orchestra. On Friday the 1st of November, The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres showcases compositions of Vincenzo Galilei, father to legendary Galileo Galilei. The following week, Tafelmusik plays House of Dreams, a compilation of exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Marais. The special is rounded off beautifully with Tafelmusik’s Tales of Two Cities.

Italian Opera Premieres
November 3rd, 19th and 17th
Sunday Nights

As this month’s highlight of the opera genre, Stingray Classica presents a series of premieres by celebrated Italian composers. On four consecutive Sundays, viewers are invited to dive into the dramatic plots of operas by Rossini, Verdi, Bellini and Rota. The special commences on the 3rd of November, with a 2013 interpretation of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, performed by the Opéra Royal de Liege, starring Enkelejda Shkosa and Carlo Lepore. The following week, the 10th brings La Forza del Destino, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, also from the Opéra Royal de Liege. Vincenzo Bellini’s I Puritani, based on a libretto by Carlo Pepoli, is broadcasted on the 17th, in a premiere from the Oper Stuttgart. The Italian opera premieres concludes with two operas by Nino Rota: I Due Timidi and La notte di un Nevrastenico from the 2017 Reate Festival in Rieti.

OCTOBER 2019

Ballet Premieres
October 17, 24 and 31
Thursday Night

On three Thursday nights in October, Stingray Classica presents international ballet premieres that will sweep viewers off their feet. Thursday, October 17 brings a critically acclaimed ballet interpretation of story of the iconic theatre character Hedda Gabler. The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet transform the deeply psychological plot of Henrik Ibsen’s play into an intense dance performance to music by Nils Petter Molvær. The second premiere of the month is a 2016 interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Golden Age” from the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet in Moscow. Last but not least, on October 31, Stingray Classica viewers enjoy a beautiful compilation of George Balanchine choreographies performed by the New York City Ballet at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.

Verdi Opera Special
Sundays in October

To this day, the wonderful works of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi remain omnipresent among the repertoire of opera houses around the world. This October, Stingray Classica viewers are given the opportunity to be enchanted by some of the most prestigious creations of the Busseto-born composer every Sunday afternoon. The Verdi Opera special begins on Sunday, October 6 with one of the most often performed operas of all time: Aida! The Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie are led by celebrated conductor Paolo Arrivabeni in a splendid staging, featuring Kristin Lewis, Massimiliano Pisapia, Nino Surgulazde and Mark Rucker. Broadcast on October 13 is this special’s second gem: Verdi’s third opera and first popular success: Nabucco. This interpretation is led by Israeli conductor Daniel Oren. The following week, Massimo Zanetti leads a splendid interpretation of Luisa Miller, based on Friedrich Schiller’s “Kabale und Liebe”. On October 27, the special concludes with Rigoletto – an opera that Verdi, looking back on his life, considered his most accomplished and beautiful work. Under the musical direction of Renato Palumbo, the Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie present a beautiful interpretation of the tragic story of Rigoletto, Duke of Mantua’s buffoon and depraved seducer.

Verbier Festival 2018 Special
October 7-12, 2019
Monday to Saturday

In 2018, the magnificent international Verbier Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary with a series of virtuso performances held in the picturesque Swiss mountain town of Verbier. This October, Stingray Classica gives viewers the opportunity to re-live the celebration and feel part of the audience of this stunning event! On six subsequent days, Stingray Classica broadcasts some of the most prestigious performances. The special begins on Monday, October 7, with Violinist Kristof Barati and Pianist Lucas Debargue pairing up for the first time in a duo concert, followed by the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and RIAS Kammerchor performing Joseph Haydn’s The Creation on Tuesday. Concluding on October 12, with an exhilarating piano recital from Evgeny Kissin, whose performances are highly anticipated by the festival’s audience every year, this Verbier Festival special provides a star-studded programme including Andrea Marcon, Andras Schiff, Seong-Jin Cho and many others.

AUGUST 2019

150 Years without Berloiz

In the last weekend of August, Stingray Classica pays tribute to Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), in honour of the 150th year of his death. Stingray Classica will premiere two operas by the French composer on the evenings of August 30 and 31: La damnation de Faust (1946) and Béatrice et Bénedict (1862).

Baroque Vocal Premieres

Sunday mornings in August, Stingray Classica broadcasts splendid new baroque programs! Violinist Gidon Kremer starts the morning with Bach’s Partitas for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006). The week after, enjoy another Bach masterpiece, with a performance of the Mass in B minor by the choir and orchestra of the famous Gewandhaus. During the closing weeks of this special, discover works by Handel and Valls performed by the renowned Vox Mago choir!

Opera Premieres

On the Friday evenings of August 9th, 16th and 23rd, Stingray Classica presents some never-before seen works by some of the greatest opera composers! The Opéra de Monte-Carlo performs the immensely popular Ernani, a four-act opera by Giuseppe Verdi in a beautiful staging by Jean-Louis Grinda. The following week, the opera special continues with Puccini’s lyrical drama Manon Lescaut, staged at Opera La Monnaie in Brussels. Stingray Classica concludes with the seldomly performed Guillaume Tell, a comic opera by the Belgian composer Grétry (1741-1813). Not to be confused with the famous Guillaume Tell by Rossini!

Franz Liszt International Piano Competition 2017

Spread over eight Wednesday evenings in August and September, Stingray Classica broadcasts the complete 2017 edition of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition! The competition actively presents, develops, and promotes piano talents from around the world. In doing so, it has become one of the prominent gateways to the international professional classical music scene for young musicians. The starting point is the triennial International Liszt Competition, founded in 1986 and held at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Since its beginning, the competition has built a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.

JULY 2019

Dance Premieres
July 4-25, 2019

Thursday evening is a ballet evening on Stingray Classica, presenting some brand-new, never-before-broadcasted dance performances. The evening starts with the beautiful ballet Pneuma by Carolyn Carlson in which the dancers go from white to black, floating and twirling in an epic and hypnotic poetry. The following week features the Paris Opera Ballet in the famous L’Arlesienne, another legendary choreography by Roland Petit to the music Bizet. July 18th takes the viewers on a mysterious journey to Siberia. The performance of Russia is illustrated by a flow of images from the time of the silent movies and accompanied by the miraculous sound of Tchaikovsky’s music!

July 04 | Premiere: Pneuma
July 11 | Premiere: L’Arlesienne
July 18 | Premiere: Russia
July 25 | Premiere: Diverres – Stance II

Mozart Piano Concertos
July 1-7, 2019

The genre of the piano concerto always held a special importance to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer would often take the role of both conductor and soloist during his Viennese concerts! His 23 concertos have been neglected for a long time but are generally seen as among the composer’s greatest achievements. During the first week of July, Stingray Classica presents no less than eight renditions by  legendary pianists such as Christian Zacharias, Mitsuko Uchida, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Dezso Ranki!

July 01 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.5
July 02 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.6
July 03 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.8
July 04 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.9
July 05 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.12
July 06 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.17
July 07 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.20
July 07 | Mozart – Piano Concerto No.24

Orchestre De Paris Special
July 8-12, 2019

The evenings of July 8-12 on Stingray Classica are dedicated to five premieres featuring the magnificent Orchestre de Paris. Each evening features another world-class conductor who will lead the renowned orchestra, accompanied by some of the world’s greatest soloist! Starting Monday, Gautier Capucon excels in Britten’s Cello Symphony Op. 68, followed by former child prodigy Sergey Khachatryan in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Halfway into the special, British conductor Daniel Harding shines his light on late romantic works by Mahler and Richard Strauss, while Thursday sees splendid performances of the seldom heard Double Concerto by Mendelssohn and only symphony by Cesar Franck. The Orchestre de Paris -Special on Stingray Classica closes with the pianistic virtuosity of Boris Berezovsky, performing Rachmaninoff’s beloved Rhapsody on the Theme of Paganini, Op 43. All concerts are recorded in the Salle the Pleyel in Paris.

July 08 | David Zinman & Orchestre de Paris
July 09 | Andris Nelsons conducts the Orchestre de Paris
July 10 | Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris
July 11 | Louis Langree conducts the Orchestre de Paris
July 12 | Yutaka Sado conducts the Orchestre de Paris

Saturday Premieres
July 6-27, 2019

Every Saturday night in July, Stingray Classica broadcasts a new concert or documentary. On July 6th, pianist Alvaro Siviero performs the Grieg’s famous and only Piano Concerto. one of the most popular works within the genre! The following week, prepare yourself for something special: Roberto Prosseda teams up with robot pianist! TeoTronico in a unique format, Robot Pianist vs Human Pianist. TeoTronico can read musical scores in digital format and plays the music in a very literal way. A few years ago, it even debuted as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, in which we follow the life and performances of worldwide celebrated sopranos Barbara Hendricks and Katia Ricciarelli. The month closes with a splendid gala concert from the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linded, which for one time is fully dedicated to Mozart pieces.

July 06 | Premiere: Grieg – Piano Concerto
July 12 | Premiere: Teotronico & Roberto Posseda
July 20 | Premiere: My Favourite Opera: Barbara Hendricks
July 20 | Premiere: My Favourite Opera: Katia Ricciarelli
July 27 | Premiere: Mozart Celebration from Berlin

JUNE 2019

Dance Premieres
June 2-30, 2019

Stingray Classica will bring viewers to their feet with brand-new dance ballet performances every Sunday! The special offers no less than five performances recorded at celebrated French venues. Vers un protocolede converation? features two dancers, searching for a common language which makes George Appaix’s work an enchanting experiment. In Sciaronni’s FOLK-S, five dancers present an exhilarating performance with themes of struggle and resistance. All are dressed in typical Australian lederhosen! The production Vertigo 20 is an overview of the rich history of Vertigo, an Israeli modern dance company based in Jerusalem. On June 16th, lovers of neoclassical ballets will enjoy the work of Hans van Manen, His work Concertante contains humour and agression, dazzling solos, and an intense pas de deux. Van Manen is known for his extensive work with the Dutch National Ballet, and a style which resembles that of Balanchine.

June 02 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Wers un protocole de conversation?
June 08 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Vertigo 20
June 16 at 10:00 PM | Premiere: Hans van Manen – Concertante
June 23 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Folk-s Will you still loveme tomorrow
June 30 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Yvan Vaffan

Saturday Premieres
June 1-29, 2019

Every Saturday evening in June, Stingray Classica offers a fascinating concert premiere, featuring some of today’s most impressive artists. The first two weeks offer a great deal of pianistic virtuosity. Up-and-Coming starts Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tritano present their program titled ‘Scandale”, which radiates energy and joyous piano-playing! It’s no surprise that their performance has been described as “classical music for the pop age”. Living-legend Grigory Sokolov displays his visionary interpretations and wide repertoire during a recital from the prestigious festival in Aix-en-Provence. On June 15th, Kristine Opolais presents a spectacular sequence of aria performances. The Latvian Prima donna and star of the MET is one of the most sought-after sopranos in today’s international scene. The following week, be prepared to travel back in time for some of the finest German Baroque gems: The Masques ensemble and Vox Luminis team up to bring some of Buxtehude’s most beloved vocal compositions. The month closes with perhaps the greatest keyboard star of the moment! Daniit Trifonov will feature as soloist in the intensely difficult “Rach3”. The young Russian displays some first-class piano-playing during the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2016

June 01 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Alice Sara Ott & Franceso Tristano: Scandale
June 08 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Grigory Sokolov live in Aix-en-Provence
June 15 at 09:00 PM| Premiere: Kristine Opolais Recital
June 22 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Buxtehude  -Abendmusik
June 29 at 09:00 PM| Premiere: Gala from Berlin 2016

Wagner’s Ring Cycle
June 20-23, 2019

From June 20 to 24, over four afternoons, Stingray Classica broadcasts the monumental opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, the magnum opus of  the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883). These productions are recorded at the Staatsoper Stuttgart in 2003 under the baton of Lothar Zagrosek. Richard Wagner is perhaps the greatest innovator of the opera genre in the nineteenth century and aimed for the creation of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, in which theatre, music and words were united. The cycle is composed between 1853 and 1874, and consists of Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Giitterdammerung. Striking in Wagner’s operas is the use of the so-called ‘Leitmotiv’, a melodic motif that stands for a certain idea or character. In Addition, Wagner uses unconventional harmonies and very extensive orchestral instrumentation. The entire cycle is still performed annually at the Bayreuth Festival, where it premiered in 1876. Now you can  also enjoy this colossal masterpiece at Stingray Classica

June 20 at 02:00 PM | Wagner – Das Rheingold
June 21 at 02:00 PM | Wagner – Die Walkure
June 22 at 02:00 PM| Wagner – Siegfried
June 23 at 02:00 PM |Wagner – Gotterdammerung

Young Euro Classic
June 14-16, 2019

During the weekend of June 14 to 16, Stingray Classica brings some of the most outstanding highlights from recent editions of Young Euro Classic of 2016 and 2017. The Festival is presumably the world’s most important platform for young musicians from all parts of the world. During three weeks in summer, talented orchestras get their chance to perform at the glamorous Konzerthaus in berlin. To some orchestra members, these performances are without a doubt the most influential events of their young careers. Young Euro Classic adds a dynamic elements to the international orchestra scene and enables orchestras to resent themselves. The festival has inspired the founding of new orchestras and helps to maintain existing initiatives. Make sure not to miss this summer’s edition, which is held from July 19 to August 6!

June 14 at 09:00 PM | Young Euro Classics 2016
June 15 at 02:00 PM | Young Euro Classics 2017
June 16 at 09:00 PM | Young Euro Classics 2017-Asian Youth Orchestra

MAY 2019

Teatro Real Week
May 20-26, 2019

During Stingray Classica’s Teatro Real Week (May 20 to 26), our viewers will enjoy no less than nine operas, of which eight productions have never aired on Stingray Classica! All operas are produced and recorded at the renowned Teatro Real, one of the greatest theatres of Europe, and since its renovation in 1997, the host of monumental productions featuring leading international artists and orchestras. The Teatro Real Week presents a hugely varied selection of the opera repertoire, from early baroque works by Purcell and Handel, to classical masterpieces by Gluck and Mozart, topped off by the great Italian masters of the 19th century by the likes of Verdi and Puccini! Don’t miss out on this mesmerizing programming special on Stingray Classica, which offers magical moments for the lovers of opera seria, buffa, and bel canto styles!

May 20 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Puccini -Madama Butterfly
May 21 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Handel -Alcina
May 22 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Verdi -Otello
May 23 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Mozart -Cosi fan tutte
May 24 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Purcell -The Indian Queen
May 24 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Verdi -La Traviata
May 25 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Mozart -Le nozze di Figaro
May 26 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Wagner-Parsifal
May 26 at 09:00 PM | Gluck-Alceste

Teatro Real Ballet Week
May 20-23, 2019

From May 20 to 23, Stingray Classica takes you on a trip through the flamenco-filled dance world of Spanish choreographer Antonio Gades (1936-2004). During four consecutive days, we present some never-before seen dance productions from the Teatro Real. On the program are Gades’ most notable dance adaptations, like Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre) and Merimee’s Carmen, which shows how the explosive power and intensity of feeling in traditional Spanish flamenco can bring vividly to life the sultry passion, earthy emotion, love and rivalry of Carmen. Furthermore, Fuenteovejuna highlights the richness of Spanish dance and tells a story of solidarity through which Gades makes flamenco a universal language!

May 20 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Bloodwedding
May 21 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Carmen
May 22 at 02:00 PM | Premiere: Suite Flamenca
May 23 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Fuenteovejuna

Classica Favourites
May 7, 2019

The first Tuesday evening of the month will strike the right note with one of Stingray Classica’s favourites: the organ! Its main champion is Oliver Latry, current holder of the Great Organ of the Notre Dame in Paris, ambassador of French organ music and a passionate advocate for the art of improvisation. The evening airs a recent concert at the Notre Dame, in which Latry showcases pieces of Bach, Vierne, and Daquin. This is followed by the compelling docu film In the Organ’s Stomach, in which Latry takes the viewers on a captivating journey through the organ’s mechanism and reveals the absolute modernity of the great Cavaillé-Coll made instrument.

May 7 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Le Grand Orgue in Concert
May 7 at 10:10 PM | In the Organ’s Stomach

Pianomania
May 4-29, 2019

Every Saturday evening in May, Stingray Classica presents a brand-new concert, recently recorded at Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Titled Pianomania!, this five-part concert series features both keyboard legends as well as today’s stars and upcoming piano talents of tomorrow. Menahem Pressler shows age is no issue when delivering a refined Mozart interpretation, as does Elisabeth Leonskaja in an all-Beethoven concert, performing his last three piano sonatas. Today’s piano sensation Daniil Trifonov displays his virtuosity and craftmanship in Schumann’s Piano Concerto, while the talented Italian pianista Beatrice Rana performs some of the composer’s solo piano beauties. The audience brings their hands together for a powerful and versatile collaboration of compatriots Pedro Burmester and Mário Laginha!

May 04 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Pedro Burmester & Mário Laginha
May 11 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Elisabeth Leonskaja
May 18 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Menahem Pressler
May 25 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Daniil Trifonov
May 29 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: Beatrice Rana

Big Nightmare Music
May 14, 2019

Russian violinist, conductor and composer Aleksey lgudesman and British-Korean pianist and composer Hyung-ki Joo started their dynamic duo in 2004, when they created their show “A Little Nightmare Music,” a humorous take on Mozart’s

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” Since then, they have been performing at international festivals and touring internationally, often collaborating with artists from within and outside of the classical genre. “Big Nightmare Music” adds an orchestra to their two-man show. On top of favorites from their duo show, like Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turco, and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing, the show boasts several uproarious sketches, tailor-made for a Symphony orchestra, drawing everyone into their act, from the first violinist to the last percussionist. Their 2017 performance at the Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway, is conducted by Andrew Litton.

May 14 at 09:00 PM | Premiere: lgudesman & Joo : Big Nightmare Music

APRIL 2019

Sons of Vienna
April 2-30, 2019

April will see the world premiere of the six-part series Sons of Vienna, which portrays various extraordinary composers, all of them active in the cultural city of Vienna and without a doubt deserving the label of genius. The series features classical greats from the Viennese school like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but also the melodious Franz Schubert, the waltzing Strauss dynasty and covers the two-sided friendship between Schumann and Brahms! Tune in every Tuesday evening the learn more about these legendary composers.

April 02 at 11:15 PM | Papa & Wolfgang
April 09 at 10:25 PM | A Lion’s Roar
April 16 at 10:35 PM | Man About Town
April 23 at 10:30 PM | Cherchez la Femme
April 30 at 10:45 PM | Dynasty of Dance
April 30 at 11:10 PM | Life Against the Odds

Good Friday and Easter Weekend
April 19-21, 2019

Good Friday and the passions by J. S. Bach together make one of the greatest classical music traditions for over centuries. On this very day, Stingray Classica will broadcast two renditions of Bach’s beloved St. John Passion. The work was composed during Bach’s first year as cantor of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig and premiered on Good Friday in 1724. The afternoon offers the celebrated baroque specialists of the Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki, while in the evening, Sir Simon Rattle takes centre stage together with the marvellous Berlin Philharmonic. Solo parts are sung by the world’s most renowned soloists, among them Ian Bostridge and Thomas Quasthoff. The Easter weekend on Stingray Classica closes with two recent Easter concerts provided by the Berlin Philharmonic: acclaimed conductor Bernhard Haitink presents Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Sixth Symphony while and Manfred Honeck teams up with the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma!

April 19 at 02:00 PM | Bach – St. john Passion (Suzuki)
April 19 at 09:00 PM | Bach – St. John Passion (Rattle)
April 21 at 02:00 PM | Handel – Brockes-Passion (HWV 48)
April 21 at 06:30 PM | Easter Concert in Baden – Baden 2015
April 21 at 09:00 PM | Easter Concert in Baden – Baden 2016

New Concert Saturday
April 6-20, 2019

Stingray Classica presents brand new broadcasts on Saturday evenings in April. We’ll start off on the 6th, when our viewers can enjoy the sounds of Saint-Saëns on the height of his symphonic career: a performance of the composer’s Third Symphony, known as the Organ Symphony. The following week features a concert from the stunning Chambord Castle, where the celebrated ensemble Le Concert Spirituel provides a splendid performance of G. F. Händel’s Water Music, topped off with Charpentier’s Te Deum, universally known as the Eurovision tune! The month draws to an end with the seldomly performed War Requiem by Benjamin Britten.

April 06 at 10:35 PM | Saint – Saens – Symphony No.3
April 13 at 09:00 PM | Handel at Chambord Castle
April 20 at 09:00 PM | Britten – War Requiem

MARCH 2019

Czech Weekend
March 30 to 31

With the month drawing to an end, Stingray Classica offers a very special Czech Weekend. By broadcasting multiple premieres, Stingray Classica pays tribute to some of the greatest Czech musicians, composers, and venues! Enjoy the romantic folklore music by Smetana and Dvořák during a concert from the famous Waldbühne venue. On Sunday, viewers can relive the very first Europakonzert held in Prague or watch the premiere of Ariane, a seldom seen one-act opera by modern Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.

Classica Favourites
March 2 at 9:00 PM

The evening of March 2nd, Stingray Classica opens with an exceptional performance by one of the most popular performers in classical music. For years, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky (1978) has been mesmerizing audiences with his timeless angelic voice. The Frenchman received multiple ECHO Klassik awards. This performance, with the Freiburger Barockorchester, featuring sacred music by Telemann and Bach, earned him a nomination for a Grammy in Best Classical Vocal Solo!

Concours Musical Interntational de Montreal
March 11-17, 2019

From March 11th to 17th, Stingray Classica broadcasts the complete 2018 edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), one of the most prestigious vocal competitions in the world! This annual event draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and web. Watch star singers of tomorrow and meet some of the greatest upcoming vocal talents that classical music has to offer!

Valerius Ensemble
March 4-8, 2019

In the evenings of MArch 4th to 8th, Stingray Classica introduces the Dutch Valerius Ensemble to all the lovers of classical music. The ensemble’s musicians offer chamber music in the broadest sense of the word, providing interesting concert programs in a wide  variety of genres. During the first week of the month, the ensemble presents baroque works by Bach and Vivaldi, romantic trios by Dvorak and Rachmaninoff and even some swinging ragtime music!

FEBRUARY 2019

Monday Opera Premieres
Starting 4th February 2019 at 9PM

Every Monday evening Stingray Classica presents a new rendition of a magnificent vocal stage work! Travel back in time with Handel’s oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth (1707) and experience the enchanting Rusalka, a fairy tale opera in three acts, by Antonin Dvořák. Rusalka still remains one of the cornerstones of Czech opera houses! On February 11th, Stingray Classica broadcasts the rarely performed Mefistofele, Boito’s only finished and preserved opera, in which the composer combines influences of Verdi and Wagner; expect rousing choirs and intricate melodies! The special closes on February 25th with a performance of Salieri’s pleasant opera buffa Fallstaff. Salieri was in fact one of the most respected composers of his time, despite his portrayal in the film Amadeus.

February 04 | Dvorak – Rusalka
February 11 | Boito – Mefistofele
February 18 | Handel – II trionfo del Tempo
February 25 | Salieri – Falstaff

Documentary Tuesdays
Starting 5th February 2019 at 2PM

In February, Stingray Classica brings a wide variety of interesting music documentaries. Tune in every Tuesday evening to widen your knowledge of classical music! French organ player Olivier Latry will learn music lovers all there is to know about the modern mechanics of the great Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Notre-Dame in Paris. We head back into early 20th century recording history with the documentary Loving Carmen, which builds on the earliest studies of Carmen in art, literature and cinema. On February 12th Stingray Classica will make a little sidestep into the jazz genre, broadcasting the film Looking for Cole, which gives a unique insight into Cole Porter’s most interesting life and discusses his work with numerous experts!

February 05 | Claudio Abbado and the musicians of the Orchestra Mozart
February 05 | In the Organ’s Stomach
February 12 | Looking for Cole
February 19 | Loving Carmen

Valentine’s Special
14th February 2019 9PM to 11:50PM

Romance is in the air on Stingray Classica! Swoon over some passionate dance premieres and feel giddy about spectacular choreographies. Enjoy the loveliest romantic ballets on Stingray Classica’s Valentine’s Day-special, because it’s time for timeless romanticism in its purest shape: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Prague National Ballet performs this ultimate love story to Prokofiev’s music in a choreography by Petr Zuska. Also expect sensuality, intensity, and ecstasy in three works by Malandain in the premiere of Soirée de Ballets.

February 14 | Romeo and Juliet
February 05 | Soiree de Ballets

JANUARY 2019

Claudio Abbado Memorial
20th January 2019

Stingray Classica fully dedicates Sunday, January 20 to conductor Claudio Abbado, who died five years ago. Enjoy countless performances under the baton of this Italian maestro. Following his 1960 debut at La Scala in Milan, Abbado was assistant to the revered Leonard Bernstein in New York. By 1966, Abbado was already working with the Berliner Philharmonic and in 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell, he succeeded Herbert von Karajan as chief conductor! On this Memorial Day, Stingray Classica broadcasts bracing Beethoven symphonies, the greatest gala performances from the Berlin Philharmonic and most-interesting documentaries giving insight in the maestro’s gifted musical mind!

07:45 AM Europakonzert 1991 – Prague
10:00 AM Hearing the Silence
11:30 AM Lucerne Festival 2004 – Gala Concert
02:00 PM Europakonzert 1994 – Meiningen
03:35 PM Lucerene Festival 2005 – Mahler, Berg, Schubert
07:30 PM Beethoven – Symphony No. 6

Dance Month
January 3 – 27, 2019

The finest dance performances will enthral you for the month of January, because every Thursday evening Stingray Classica presents a never seen before broadcast by the world most renowned choreographers and ballets! Experience Romeo and Juliet and Magifique by Thierry Malandain and his Ballet Biarritz and a classic performance of Daphnis et Chloé to the music of Maurice Ravel by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo! The month will close with Kurt Jooss’ ballet The Green Table, which expresses the futile, relentless tragedy of war.

January 03 – Giselle
January 06 – Le Rendez-Vous
January 06 – Les enfants de Scaramouche
January 10 – Romeo & Juliet
January 13 – Carmen
January 13 – Fakine – Daphnis et Chloe
January 17 – Prokofiev – Cinderella
January 20 – L’Arlesienne
January 20 – Sheherazade
January 23 – Delibes – Coppelia
January 27 – Tricentenary of the French Dance School
January 27 – Summer Night Dreams

Opera Premieres
January 4 – 25, 2019

This year, Stingray Classica opens with an opera premiere on every Monday evening! The Offenbach Year of 2019 will bring the composer’s opera bouffe La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein followed by the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s rendition of Meyerbeer’s magnum opus: Les Huguenots. On January 21 we will travel back in time with Henry Purcell’s King Arthur by the laureated French ensemble Le Concert Spirituel. January closes with Così fan tutte, one of W. A. Mozart’s last and most popular operas!

January 04 – Puccini – Tosca
January 11 – Puccini – La Boheme
January 18 – Nicolai – The Merry Wives of Windsor
January 25 – Franck – Stradella

DECEMBER 2018

December Premieres
Every Friday of December

Stingray Classica closes 2018 with five operas and ballet productions which have never been broadcast before. In Les enfants de Scaramouche, we follow the young talents of the Ballet School of the Paris Opera through playful storytelling dance performances, shot in various places in the French capital. But there is more ballet from Paris; on December 21, lovers of dance can enjoy a rendition of Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella from l’Opéra Royal du Chateau de Versailles. Next to ballet, the special contains two Italian operas. December 7 premieres a rendition of Donizetti’s tragic opera Lucia di Lammemoor by the Opéra Royal de Liège, which is was composed at the height of the composer’s success. The special closes with Luigi Rossi’s l’Orfeo, not to be mistaken with Monteverdi’s famous opera! Rossi’s composed this three-act work in 1647, it is one of the first operas ever to be staged in France.

Fairytales
December 17 – 21, 2018

The week before the cosy Christmas days, Stingray Classica airs a Fairy Tale-special! From Monday 17th to Friday 21st our viewers will be spoiled with various operas and ballets with storylines originating from fairy tales, myths and legends. On the program are Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Puccini’s Turandot and La Cenerentola by Rossini.

Merry Christmas!
December 23 – 27, 2018

Stingray Classica ends the year on a happy note! Make yourself comfortable and enjoy most heart-warming oratorios, concerts, operas and ballets during the holiday period. Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker, Humperdinck’s exciting Hänsel und Gretel and J. S. Bach’s atmospheric Christmas Oratorio; they all bring on that Christmas feeling we all love. Moreover, the festive Christmas concerts Sounds Like Christmas, Baroque Christmas Concert, Silent Night, Holy Night bring you in the perfect Christmas mood.

NOVEMBER 2018

Dance Month
Every Tuesday and Thursday

The finest dance performances will enthrall you for the month of November on Stingray Classica with ballet and dance on special feature! Every Tuesday and Thursday, Stingray Classica delivers new, wonderful dance performances to your screen. Enjoy the best in international ballet during the resplendent Prague Ballet Gala and timeless classic choreographies of Giselle Delibes’ Coppelia! Whatever your preference, Stingray’s Classica’s Dance Month has something for everyone!

November 1    21:00   Delibes Coppelia
November 6    21:00   Carmen
November 8    21:00   Giselle (Stuttgarter Ballet)
November 13  21:00   Giselle (Opera National de Bordeaux)
November 15  21:00   Soulscapes by Uwe Scholtz
November 20  21:00   Tricentenary of the French Dance School
November 22  21:00   Prague Ballet Gala
November 27  21:00   Aria by  Bejart
November 29  21:00   Le Rendez-Vous

Mozart on Tour

In November, Stingray Classica presents the series Mozart on Tour. Beginning in November 1st, discover a new  episode every day until November 13! The documentary series chronicles Mozart’s childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and his travels throughout Europe, which ultimately proved to be a futile quest for fame and fortune. Each episode of Mozart on Tour is centered on a different  European city and combines narration and musical excerpts. Conductor and composer, Andre Previn sets the historical and musical context, while actor Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War) reads excerpts from Mozart’s travel correspondence. Each episode also features a complete performance of one of Mozart’s 27 Piano Concerti, performed by world- renowned soloist, orchestras, and maestros in carefully chosen historical settings.

Rossini Tribute

The entire November at Stingray Classica broadcasts a tribute to Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), in honour of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death on November 13th. On Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays, no less than fourteen opera productions will be broadcasted, including many premieres! Rossini is undoubtedly the most important Italian composer of the first half of the eighteenth century. The composer is known for his lively and energetic comic operas (opera buffa), but his contribution to the development of the opera seria, should not be underestimated! The composer paved the way for generations of opera composers, including Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Vincenzo Bellini, and Richard Wagner.

OCTOBER 2018

New Operas Every Monday
All Saturdays of September

In October,Monday evenings are all about Italian opera. Every week, Stingray Classica broadcasts a never-before seen opera production by an italian master. We open October 1st with Verdi’s La Traviata directed by the Mexican star tenor Rolando Villazon. In addition, the Opera de Liege performs two Puccini operas from Opera Royal de Liege: La Boheme. October 22nd is even double fun with two one-hit wonders from the Verismo period: Leoncavallo’s II Pagliaci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana!

October 1 at 9PM – Verdi La Traviata
October 8 at 9PM – Cimarosa II matrimonio segreto
October 15 at 9PM – Puccini La Boheme
October 22 at 9PM – Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci
October 29 at 9PM – Puccini Tosca

VIVA Espana
16th to 21st October
Tuesday – Sunday at 9PM

From October 16 to 21 its Spanish week at Stingray Classica! With no less than six broadcasts featuring Spanish music and flamenco and flavoured performances. We open with the Berlin Gala from 1997, which was fully dedicated to Bizet’s famous opera Carmen, situated in Sevilla, followed by a Waldbühne Concert consisting of the most-beloved melodies by Spanish composers. On October 21 we make a little twist to tango, with works from South and South and Latin America under the baton of the Argentinian Daniel Barenboim! Stingray Classica concludes the Spanish special with two contrasting opera performances from the prestigious Teatro Real in Madrid: Willibald Gluck’s Alceste and Igor Stravinsky’s Persephone. Make sure not to miss out on the explosive power and intensity of feeling of the traditional Spanish flamenco in a dance production of Carmen created by Antonio Gades!

October 16 at 9PM – Gala from Berlin 1997 – Salute to Carmen
October 17 at 9PM – Waldbühne 2001 – Spanish Night
October 18 at 9PM – Carmen (Grades)
October 19 at 2PM – A Tango Night – Live from Buenos Aires
October 20 at 9PM – Gluck – Alceste
October 21 at 9PM – Stravinsky – Persephone

SEPTEMBER 2018

Children’s Corner Series
All Saturdays of September

Children love classical music! All the more reason for Stingray Classica to dedicate the Saturdays to young lovers of classical music. Stingray Classica’s Children’s Corner series is an entertaining introduction to classical music masterpieces, led by the malicious and friendly Pino di Pianopoli, a funny character who is happy to torment his pianist friends Anthony and Joseph Paratore! Each Saturday, you and your children will enjoy entertaining performances and delightful pieces especially for our younger viewers. Fun times guaranteed for the whole family!

New Documentaries
All Tuesdays of September

Every Tuesday evening in September the viewers of Stingray Classica can enjoy never before seen classical documentaries. Starting September 4th with the film My Heart is Burning from 2006. With his casual and up to date appearance, René Pape represents a new generation of opera singers, always hungry for new challenges and open to ambitious experiments. On September 11 Stingray Classica broadcast the documentary Gorzaran – Time Passing. In this 2011 film, director Frank Scheffer follows the passionate Iranian avant-garde composer Nader Mashayekhi when asked in 2005 to lead the Symphony Orchestra of Tehran. After thirty years of exile in Vienna, Mashayekhi returns to his native country!

The documentary Multiple Identities – Encounters with Daniel Barenboim (September 18) tracks pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim through various concert venues and shows the multi-talented nature of Barenboim, teaching the young musicians of his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra consisting of Arab, Palestinian and Israeli-Jewish musicians. Multiple Identities is a film about music, about music making and a celebration of a remarkable personality. The Stingray Classica special closes September 25th with the documentary Americans in Pyongyang, in which we accompany the orchestra members of the New York Philharmonic on their historic trip to Pyongyang in February 2008!

Concert Premieres
All Wednesdays of September

In September, the Wednesday evenings at Stingray Classica are filled with brand-new concert performances! Our special with premieres opens on September 5th with The Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch by German composer Detlev Glanert (*1960). The upcoming weeks you’ll enjoy fast finger work in Beethoven sonata performances by keyboard virtuoso Roberto Giordano and a successful recital by Russian pianist Misha Fomin, recorded at the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The month will be closing with a performance by the upcoming Young European String (YES) ensemble Camerata. The program entitled The Red Priest and the Tanguero features not only Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, but also Astór Piazzolla’s version of this monumental work!

AUGUST 2018

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!

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!

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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