Bach to Summer!

Every Sunday in July at 14:00


The month of July is upon us, and Stingray Brava celebrates summer with the sound of Bach's music. Every Sunday afternoon in July, at 14:00 (CEST), our viewers can enjoy a new broadcast of the music of the one who is undoubtedly the greatest composer of all time! Let yourself be carried away by Bach's great masterpieces, such as the Brandenburg Concertos, directed in their entirety by Claudio Abbado, or The Art of the Fugue, performed by the Keller Quartet. Also discover a memorable performance by Ullrich Böhme, organist of the famous St. Thomas Church, and a program entirely devoted to baroque concertos featuring the talented Labèque sisters.

Sunday, July 1 at 14:05 CEST | Il Giardino Armonico and The Labèques in Vienna

Katia and Marielle Labèque had their first piano lessons at age three and five, respectively. These two sisters are famous for their impressive duet precision, their great musicality and the extent of their repertoire. In this concert, they perform with Luca Guglielmi, Enrico Onofri, and Il Giardino Armonico, a leading Italian choir who specializes in playing on period instruments. The concert program is entirely composed of works from the Baroque period, including the Concerto for Two Keyboards and Orchestra (BWV 1061) and the Concerto for Three Keyboards, Harpsichord, Strings and Basso continuo (BWV 1063) by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Symphony in G Major of Carl Philippe Emmanuel Bach; and Vivaldi's Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo (RV 242). All pieces are performed on period instruments at the Musikverein in Vienna in 2002.

Sunday, July 8 at 14:10 CEST | Bach - Brandenburg Concertos

The Orchestra Mozart, founded in 2004, is supposed to give young, talented musicians a possibility to play in a world-class orchestra being conducted by one of the outstanding conductors of our time. Claudio Abbado, the artistic director, is responsible for its profile, inviting musicians and chamber ensembles of international reputation. The Orchestra Mozart, conducted by Claudio Abbado, with their leader Giuliano Carmignola is playing Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. Recorded at the Teatro Municipale Valli, Reggio Emilia. "Does the world need another set of Brandenburgs? Yes, when they are as freshly minted and as adventurously sonorous as this marvellous set from Abbado's young period-style Orchestra Mozart" (The Observer).

Sunday, July 15 at 14:05 CEST | Baroque Christmas Concert

This splendid Christmas concert was recorded live from the Freiburg Cathedral in 1999. It features soprano Barbara Bonney, recognized worldwide for the clarity of her voice and the precision of her diction, and the baritone Matthias Goerne, one of the most promising singers of his generation. Accompanied by the Baroque Orchestra of Freiburg and the German Brass, they perform pieces from Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), Mozart's Mass in C minor (KV 427), and Handel's Messiah.

Sunday, July 22 at 14:05 CEST | Bach – The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080)

The Keller Quartet is an all-Hungarian quartet, consisting of András Keller (violin), János Pilz (violin), Zoltán Gál (viola), and Péter Somodari (violoncello). Against the backdrop of the atmospheric Academy of Sciences in Budapest, the Keller Quartet plays J. S. Bach’s unfinished masterpiece The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) in a version for string quartet, intertwined with works by György Kurtág, the renowned contemporary Hungarian composer.

Sunday, July 29 at 14:05 CEST | Ullrich Böhme plays organ works by Bach

The German organist Ullrich Böhme performs various organ works by J.S. Bach at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. On the program are five chorales from Orgelbüchlein; the plays Jesu meine Freude, Nun Danket alle Gott, Jesu bleibet meine freude, and Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit; as well as the Toccata in D minor, BWV565, the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV543, and the Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540. The Church of St. Thomas is associated with many known composers, including Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Richard Wagner, but especially Bach, who was music director from 1723 until his death in 1750. The church still houses the remains of the famous composer and the Thomanerchor, his choir founded in 1212, still exists today.