Baroctober

October 22 to 26

 

For five consecutive evenings in the final week of October, Stingray Brava presents Baroctober, a special in which great baroque opera composers are in the spotlight. In addition to Antonio Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons, the program features several premieres, including Handel’s oratorio Theodora, recorded during the Salzburg Festival and Purcell's King Arthur, performed by the renowned baroque ensemble Le Concert Spirituel. The special opens with Bach Around the World, a diverse collection of Bach's music performed by jazz, pop, and classical musicians


Monday, October 22 at 21:00 | Bach Around the World (premiere)

Bach Around the World celebrates the great composer and Thomaskantor Johann Sebastian Bach in the form of a pledge show. Impressions from all over the world give an idea of how modern and popular the composer’s music still is. Whether in America, Japan or Europe - people love the music of Bach, who is likely the most universal composer. The show contains not only classical music but also jazz. Appearances by renowned artists such as Bobby McFerrin, John Eliot Gardiner, Viktoria Mullova, Ton Koopman, Jacques Loussier, Maasaki Suzuki, Georg-Christoph Biller and the Leipzig Thomanerchor make Bach Around the World an amusing and educating program.


Tuesday, October 23 at 21:00 | Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

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.


Wednesday, October 24 at 14:05 | Handel – Theodora (premiere)

A highlight of the Handel commemorative year (250th anniversary of death) was the Salzburg Festival's first-ever staging of Handel's oratorio "Theodora" of 1750. Stage director Christof Loy created a production that is, in his words, "almost as an installation", and groups his characters around the remains of a gigantic organ in situations that echo the libretto's tragic dilemma of love, faith and virtue. His concept is supported by the vigorous Ivor Bolton and the Freiburger Barockorchester playing on original instruments, the Salzburger Bachchor, and, above all, by a fine cast. It is led by the luminous Christine Schäfer as a Theodora who "perfectly encapsulates the heroine's combination of fragility and defiance" (AFP), and countertenor Bejun Mehta, who "excels as Theodora's lover Didymus" (The New York Times).


Thursday, October 25 at 21:00 | 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.


Friday, October 26 at 21:00 | Purcell – King Arthur (premiere)

Hervé Niquet conducts the choir and orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel in a rendition of Henry Purcell's (1659-1695) King Arthur. The recording took place in the National Opera of Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon in March 2009. Soloists are Ana Marin Labin, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Mélodie Ruvio, Mathias Vidal, Marc Mouillon and Joao Fernandes. King Arthur, or The British Worthy is a semi-opera in five acts. It was first performed at the Queen's Theatre, Dorset Garden, London in 1691. The plot is based on the battles between King Arthur's Britons and the Saxons, rather than the legends of Camelot. It is a semi-opera: the principal characters do not sing, except if they are supernatural or pastoral.