Stingray Classica Around the World
Saturdays in August
On four Saturday nights in August at 21:00 CEST, Stingray Classica takes viewers on a musical journey to four different continents: North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Firstly, on August 5, Stingray Classica shows ‘The Unanswered Ives’, a captivating documentary about North American modernist composer Charles Ives. He was part of the first generation of North American composers who achieved international acclaim. Following this documentary, the Berlin Philharmonic performs an all-American program that includes works by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and others, recorded at the Gala from Berlin 2008. On August 12, ‘Tango: Café de los Maestros and Friends’ offers a splendid South American concert performance from the famous ballroom El Palacio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Another wonderful South American concert, starring Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, features Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, as well as two of Montero’s own works: the “Latin Concerto” and Improvisations. On August 19, Stingray Classica journeys to Europe for a wonderful performance by The Philharmonics – members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – paying tribute to the music of Vienna with arrangements of popular Johann Strauss, Jr waltzes. Afterward, Czech harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks and the renowned Baroque ensemble Collegium 1704 present J. S. Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos, recorded at at the magnificent Hall of Mirrors in the Köthen Castle, Germany. On August 26, Stingray Classica concludes its journey around the world in Asia, with two North and South Korea-themed broadcasts. The evening opens with a documentary about composer Isang Yun: ‘In Between: Isang Yun in North and South Korea’. This film explores whether music can help overcome the boundaries of a divided country. The evening ends with the historic 2008 ‘Pyongyang concert’, in which The New York Philharmonic performs in Pyongyang under the baton of maestro Lorin Maazel.
The Unanswered Ives
Saturday, August 5 | 21:00
“The Unanswered Ives” is the first documentary about American modernist composer Charles Ives (1874-1954). Ives was among the first generation of American composers that achieved international acclaim. Born in 1874, in Danbury, Connecticut, Ives took music lessons at a young age, becoming a church organist at the age of 14. Following his graduation from the music department at Yale University, the young composer decided to pursue a career outside of the arts. He started working in insurance, co-founding an innovative and highly successful insurance company. It was in his spare time that Ives composed his ambitious music, in which he experimented with advanced features including polytonality, twelve-tone technique, and quarter tones. The documentary film “The Unanswered Ives” (2018) sheds light on Ives’s life and work in all its facets, exploring his aural world by showing music performances in churches, concert halls, open-air venues, and a circus tent. Using interviews with relatives, insurance brokers, musicologists, and musicians, documentary filmmaker Anne-Kathrin Peitz explores the question “who was Charles Ives?"
Gala from Berlin 2008 - All-American Programme
Saturday, August 5 | 21:50
We are proud to present the Gala from Berlin 2008, featuring the outstanding Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, and world-class singers Thomas Quasthoff and Pauline Malefane with an all-American programme. Gershwin’s "Cuban Overture" is the perfect opener for this journey through all-time favourites, from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and "An American in Paris" to Copland’s "Old American Songs", accentuated by contrasting pieces such as John Adam’s joyfully exuberant "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and Samuel Barber’s almost romantic, warm "Adagio for Strings op. 11".
Fiesta del Tango
Saturday, August 12 | 21:00
For the audience in the famous ballroom El Palacio in Buenos Aires, the year 2012 began with tango rhythms and Argentinean folk music. This festive broadcast opens with a tango performance by dance partners Eduardo and Gloria, accompanied by the renowned ensemble Café de los Maestros. Another highlights is a performance by bandoneon player Rodolfo Mederos and his trio. In addition, the concert features a performance by Teresa Parodi, former lead singer of the Astor Piazzolla Band, accompanied by the Fernando Suárez Paz Quintet. Also on the bill is the contemporary electronic tango formation Otros Aires. Founded by Miguel Di Genova in 2003, Otros Aires combines electronic rhythms and traditional tango instruments, such as the bandoneon, piano, and guitar. On the program are compositions by Astor Piazzolla, Pedro Maffia, Pedro Laurenz, Gustavo Mozzi, and many others. Enjoy this concert of music and dance, featuring some of Argentine's tango scene's finest artists!
Gabriela Montero plays Ravel & Montero
Saturday, August 12 | 22:20
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero is accompanied by the Youth Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. On the program are Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, as well as two of Montero’s own works: the “Latin Concerto” and Improvisations. The performance took place in one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, located in the middle of the Patagonian plains. The concert hall, which opened its doors in 2010, stands on the banks of Chile's second-largest lake overlooking a volcano that is capped with snow the entire year. In an accompanying interview, Montero speaks about composing, improvising, and performing works of her own alongside those of others. She discusses her home country of Venezuela, where she no longer performs for political reasons.
A Tribute to Vienna
Saturday, August 19 | 21:00
Chamber music ensemble The Philharmonics pays tribute to the music of Vienna in this March 9, 2011 concert from Vienna's Café Sperl. The ensemble, which consists of musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, performs arrangements of five popular waltzes by Johann Straus II. Among them are Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437, and Schatz-Walzer, Op. 418, from the operetta The Gypsy Baron. In May 1921, the likes of Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern wrote these chamber music arrangements to raise funds for their Society for Private Musical Performances. Although both the concert and the auction of the scores were very successful, the Society eventually went under. In addition to these pieces by Strauss, The Philharmonics perform works by Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Godowsky, as well as The Philharmonics's first violinist, Tibor Kováč. The program comes to an end with Godowsky’s tribute to the city: Alt Wien.
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051
Saturday, August 19 | 22:05
J. S. Bach’s six Brandenburg Concerto’s belong to his best-known works. The composer wrote these concertos between 1711 and 1720 and dedicated them in 1721 to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg. In celebration of the pieces’ 300th anniversary, Czech harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks and the renowned Baroque ensemble Collegium 1704 recorded all six Brandenburg Concertos on historical instruments in 2021. The concertos are based on the Italian concerto grosso form, in which a group of solo instruments is set against a large ensemble. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos feature remarkable combinations of solo instruments and virtuoso solos. This performance was recorded at the Hall of Mirrors in the Köthen Castle, Germany.
In Between: Isang Yun in North and South Korea
Saturday, August 26 | 21:00
This documentary by Maria Stodtmeier, filmed in North and South Korea, explores whether music can overcome the boundaries of a divided country. There is one figure of the two Koreas, whose outstanding biography in itself forms a bridge between both worlds: The Korean composer Isang Yun, one of the very few people acknowledged on both sides. The film traces the course of a life that has been interpreted in different ways. It examins the worlds of North and South Korean music and in this way taking the viewer on an exciting journey through two political systems that Isang Yun spent his life trying to reconcile.
The Pyongang concert
Saturday, August 26 | 22:00
“The concert was historic…” Daniel J. Wakin, The New York Times „From the start, the concert was exceptional… It felt like history… If this concert… precipitates a thaw, it started here.” Anna Fifield, Financial Times The concert was the ultimate highlight of the New York Philharmonic’s trip to North Korea’s capital Pyongyang: when Music Director Lorin Maazel raised his baton for Arirang, a lilting folk song emblematic of the North and South Korean people, some audience members were obviously misty-eyed. The North Korean audience was on its feet, applauding and waving to the musicians. Does this moment symbolize a change? Can music make a real difference? The concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre was certainly an impressive event. The New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel opened with the national anthems of North Korea and the United States, leading on to Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World and An American in Paris.