Bernstein Weekends!

August 18 & 19, 25 & 26

 

Stingray Brava devotes all of August to Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), as Saturday, August 25 marks the famous American conductor, composer and pianist's centenary! Stingray Brava celebrates the renowned maestro's life and work with new concert footage, in which Bernstein's music takes center stage!

Naturally, Stingray Brava could not let Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday go unnoticed: this legendary musician was one of the most multi-faceted figures of 20th-century classical music. Consequently, Stingray Brava devotes many August evenings to programs which feature Bernstein in his manifold roles as conductor, piano soloist, and composer! 


Saturday, August 18 at 21:00 | Bruckner - Symphony No. 9

Recorded in March 1990, this performance of Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony is Leonard Bernstein's last concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, an orchestra he deeply loved. When Bernstein died in 1990 at the age of 72, music lovers all over the world mourned the loss of one of the 20th century's artistic giants. In addition to his role as conductor, composer, educator and performing artist, Bernstein was one of the early pioneers in bringing the arts to television. Like Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Anton Bruckner's Ninth can be regarded as the composer's musical testament: "I dedicate my last work to the Lord of lords, to my dear God. I hope that He will grant me enough time to complete it." His wish was not fulfilled; the composer was still working on the finale the day he died and the symphony remained a torso. Bruckner nevertheless considered the work as the crowning point of his oeuvre, and he is said to have woven his musical farewell to life in the symphony's Adagio.


Saturday, August 18 at 22:15 | Haydn - Symphony No. 94 'Surprise'

Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G major, which was first performed on 23 March 1792, testifies to the composer's marked sense of musical fun. In a parody of the conventional practice of the time, the second movement proceeds at a slow, measured pace which sends the listener almost to sleep, only to be rudely awakened by a sudden loud stroke of the timpani. This touch of mockery is typical of the composer's roguish sense of humor. Haydn told his biographer Gieringer that his principle motive for writing the symphony was the wish to put his pupil and rival Ignaz Pleyel firmly in his place - an aim in which he undoubtedly succeeded. Leonard Bernstein began conducting Haydn's orchestral works when he was still Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Since then, his interpretations of the symphonies have consistently met with unreserved critical acclaim. He, of all conductors, possessed precisely the qualities which Haydn's music requires: grace, charm and a generous measure of wit. This production with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded in 1986 in Vienna's Musikverein.


Saturday, August 18 at 22:45 | Bernstein in Moscow

This 1988 documentary by Horant H. Hohfeld follows Leonard Bernstein and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra during his first international tour abroad. The orchestra visits London and Moscow and delivers a successful concert in the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.


Sunday, August 19 at 21:00 | Schumann - Symphony No. 2

Following the cycles of orchestral works by Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms, Leonard Bernstein honored Robert Schumann in 1984/85 with this cycle performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. Schumann's orchestral works are firmly established in the repertoire of the Vienna Philharmonic. The glowing, romantic sound of this orchestra and Leonard Bernstein's expressive interpretation complement each other in an ideal way to produce a perfect rendering of Schumann's symphonic oeuvre. Schumann's four symphonies, his piano concerto, the violoncello concerto and the Manfred Overture have been filmed and recorded in the "Golden Hall" of the Vienna Musikverein, held to rank acoustically among the world's best concert halls.


Sunday, August 19 at 21:50| Schumann - Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Following the cycles of orchestral works by Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms, Unitel chose to honor Robert Schumann in 1984/85 with this cycle performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein. Schumann's orchestral works are firmly established in the repertoire of the Vienna Philharmonic. The glowing, romantic sound of this orchestra and Leonard Bernstein's expressive interpretation complement each other in an ideal way to produce a perfect rendering of Schumann's symphonic oeuvre. Schumann's four symphonies, his piano concerto, the violoncello concerto and the Manfred Overture have been filmed and recorded in the "Golden Hall" of the Vienna Musikverein, held to rank acoustically among the world's best halls. The soloist in this recording is the world-renowned cellist Mischa Maisky.


Sunday, August 19 at 21:15 | Schumann - Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Following the cycles of orchestral works by Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms, Unitel chose to honor Robert Schumann in 1984/85 with this cycle performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein. Schumann's orchestral works are firmly established in the repertoire of the Vienna Philharmonic. The glowing, romantic sound of this orchestra and Leonard Bernstein's expressive interpretation complement each other in an ideal way to produce a perfect rendering of Schumann's symphonic oeuvre. Schumann's four symphonies, his piano concerto, the violoncello concerto and the Manfred Overture have been filmed and recorded in the "Golden Hall" of the Vienna Musikverein, held to rank acoustically among the world's best halls.


Saturday, August 25 at 21:00 | Copland – Symphony No. 3

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 under the direction of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). This concert was recorded in 1976 at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. Aaron Copland (1900-1990) developed his inimitable style inspired by popular and folk music from North and South America, and European scholarly music. Copland became friends with Bernstein in 1937 and exerted a great influence on Bernstein's style of composition. Copland's Third Symphony is a very special work for Bernstein, who presented him on several occasions as head of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra during his triumphant tour of Israel in 1948.


Saturday, August 25 at 21:45 | Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) and George Gershwin (1898-1937), two musicians inseparably linked with America, form an exuberant and stimulating combination in this program with the New York Philharmonic. Gershwin was one of the American composers Bernstein revered the most and one who, along with Mahler, Copland and Blitzstein, exerted a great influence on him as a composer. This performance with the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein as soloist and conductor was recorded at the Jahrhunderthalle in Hoechst, Germany, in 1976.


Saturday, August 25 at 22:05 | Bernstein – Serenade

Wilhelm Keitel conducts the Ensemble Stuttgart in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for violin and orchestra with Dmitry Sitkovetsky as solo violinist. Leonard Bernstein based his Serenade off Plato's Symposium. Like all of Bernstein's works, the Serenade is filled with melodic and rhythmic vibrancy and originality. Recorded at the Bad-Hotel, Bad Teinach in 1989.


Sunday, August 26 at 14:05 | Gala from Berlin 2002 - What a Wonderful Town

"What a Wonderful Town" was the motto of the traditional New Year's Eve Concert at the Berlin Philharmonie. The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle along with some of the most sought-after singers in this field including Thomas Hampson, Kim Criswell, Simone Sauphanor and Karl Daymond perform Leonard Bernstein's 'Wonderful Town'. 'Wonderful Town' was the second of Bernstein's trio of 'New York' musicals begun in 1944 with 'On The Town' and completed with 1957's 'West Side Story' and is a love letter to New York in the '30's. Bernstein's score combines witty pastiches of various popular musical styles of the 30s - Conga!, Swing! - and some of his most winning ballads. The program also includes George Gershwin’s songs ‘My Man’s Gone Now’, ‘Ask Me Again’ and ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm’.


Sunday, August 26 at 21:00 | Waldbühne 1995 - American Night

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which plays pieces by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein as part of a musical celebration of Americana. This concert was presented at the Waldbühne in Berlin, a green theatre based on the amphitheatre of the ancient Greek city of Epidaurus which is one of Berlin's favorite outdoor scenes because of its enchanting setting. This concert features talented soloists Willard White, Cynthia Haymon, Damon Evans, Cynthia Clarey, Marietta Simpson, and Daniel Washington. The program includes pieces from Porgy and Bess, "Rhapsody in Blue" and "I Got Rhythm" by Gershwin, as well as the opening of Bernstein's Candide.