Itzhak Perlman's Birthday

August 30 & 31


On August 31 Stingray Brava celebrates the birthday of the great Israeli violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. During this day, Stingray Brava will broadcast no less than five concerts that feature Perlman as violist and conductor. Enjoy highly technical passages in Violin Concertos by Brahms and Beethoven. Furthermore, Perlman joins forces with Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma to perform beloved Beethoven pieces and stars as conductor in two splendid concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra!

Thursday, 30 August at 21:00 | Brahms - Violin Concerto

Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Berlin Philharmonic perform Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto (1833-1897) under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. After Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Brahms' piece is probably the most famous German Violin Concerto ever written. These two works have much in common, especially the tone in D major in which they were composed. Highly technical, Brahms' Violin Concerto is reserved for virtuosos because of the marked presence of arpeggios, rapid passages of scales and rhythmic variations. Perlman and the Berlin Philharmonic are brilliantly meeting the challenge of this technically and intellectually demanding work.

Thursday, 30 August at 21:45 | Beethoven - Violin Concerto

Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Berlin Philharmonic perform the Violin Concerto, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Beethoven dedicated his Violin Concerto to his colleague Franz Clement, a prominent violinist of the time. The first of the piece was presented in Vienna in 1806. The piece was only interpreted a handful of times during the following decades. However, the work took a new lease of life in 1844, when the young violinist Joseph Joachim, barely 12 years old, performed with the London Philharmonic Society, under the direction of Mendelssohn. Since then, Beethoven's Violin Concerto has been one of the most important concertos in the classical repertoire. This work, renowned for its wide range of cadenzas, poses a great technical and intellectual challenge, brilliantly picked up by Perlman and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Friday, 31 August at 10:05 | All Beethoven Concert

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.

Friday, 31 August at 14:10 | Perlman conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

A cultural ambassador for its country, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is considered one of the best orchestras in the world. Recorded at the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv in March 2010, this concert features the Israel Philharmonic led by eminent conductor and violinist Itzhak Perlman in an all-Beethoven programme. Enjoy Ludwig van Beethoven's Overture Egmont, Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major featuring Giora Schmidt (violin), Zuill Bailey (cello), and conductor Perlman's daughter Navah Perlman (piano), followed by Symphony No. 6  (Pastorale).

Friday, 31 August at 21:00 | Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 60th Anniversary

In 1996, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 60th anniversary with a gala led by maestros Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim. This musical event features world-renowned soloists, including veteran violinist Isaac Stern, up-and-coming musicians Maxim Vengerov and Gil Shaham, as well as Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, and Itzhak Perlman. The evening begins with a moving speech about the early days of the orchestra. The evening's program continues with Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043, Brahms's Symphony No. 2, Halvorsen's Violin, Violoncello and Viola Pass, Mozart's Serenade No. 6, K. 239., Vivaldi's Concerto in B minor for four violins and orchestra, and Weber's Oberon overture.