Barenboim’s 80th Birthday
Fridays in November
Tuesday, November 15 sees the 80th birthday of world-renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim (*1942). In celebration, Stingray Classica presents several broadcasts dedicated to this celebrated artist throughout November on Friday evenings at 21:00 CET. On November 4, Barenboim, who maintains a close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, joins their 75th Anniversary Concert as the soloist in Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. On November 11, Stingray Classica premieres ‘Knowledge is the Beginning’, film maker Paul Smaczny’s captivating documentary about the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – an initiative of the Israeli-Argentine conductor Barenboim and Palestinian writer Edward Saïd to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the Middle East. On November 18, Barenboim leads the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a stimulating performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Op. 56, with Barenboim simultaneously conducting and playing the piano, followed by Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80. Lastly, on November 25, an extraordinary New Year’s Eve concert from Buenos Aires concludes this Barenboim-themed series. The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Barenboim joins bandoneon virtuoso Leopoldo Federico and his Orquesta Tipica, performing popular tangos and Latin American orchestra classics.
IPO 75th Anniversary Gala
Friday, November 4 | 21:00
Recorded live in Tel Aviv in 2006, this concert honours the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on its 70th anniversary. With conductor Zubin Mehta and soloists Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim, the celebratory concert encompassed artistry far beyond the usual scope of music performance as it presented the brilliant work of many of the musicians most responsible for, and most appreciative of, the orchestra’s rich history. The pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim maintains a close relationship with the IPO and appears with the orchestra almost every year. Pinchas Zukerman made his debut with the IPO in 1968 and has since continued to appear with the orchestra on a regular basis as a violinist and conductor. On the program are Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 as well as Ravel’s Valse, popular and at the same time demanding repertoire – just perfect for a celebration of one of the world’s foremost orchestras!
Knowledge is the Beginning
Friday, November 11 | 21:00
Award-winning documentary ‘Knowledge is the Beginning’ (2005) tells the story of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. German film maker Paul Smaczny followed the orchestra since its inception in 1999, when Israeli conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim and Palestinian writer Edward Said started this initiative to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the Middle East. The documentary shows how prejudices are surmounted during rehearsals, concerts, and laid-back post-concert celebrations. It also demonstrates what problems crop up and how music can help people of different views to find common ground. Footage of summer workshops in Weimar and Seville, Barenboim’s visits to Ramallah and Jerusalem in 2004, and the orchestra’s 2005 European tour add to the attraction of this insightful film.
Music by Beethoven
Friday, November 18 | 21:00
Three of classical music's most beloved stars gather for a concert devoted entirely to Beethoven's music, recorded in 1995 at the Berliner Philharmonie by Barrie Gavin. Daniel Barenboim (piano), Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Itzhak Perlman (violin) perform the Triple Concerto, op. 56 and the Fantaisie chorale, op. 80. Daniel Barenboim then takes the baton to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Choir of the Staatsoper and soloists Carola Höhn, Katharina Kammerloher, Andrea Bönig, Endrik Wottrich, Pär Lindskog, and René Pape.
A Tango Night - Live from Buenos Aires
Friday, November 25 | 21:00
2006 closed with a spectacular festival of Argentinean music broadcast live from Buenos Aires. At the height of the Argentinean summer, the Orquesta Filarmónica del Teatro Colon under Daniel Barenboim (conductor & soloist) join bandoneon virtuoso Leopoldo Federico and his Orquesta Tipica for an extraordinary New Year’s Eve show with popular tangos and Latin American orchestra classics. The old master of tango, José Carli, created enchanting new arrangements of works by Argentinean artists Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Julio de Caro, Alberto Ginastera and Horacio Salgán. Performances by leading tango dancers Mora Godoy and Junior Cervilla from Buenos Aires add atmosphere and round off the night.