New Documentaries!

Saturdays at 21:00


In February, Stingray Brava offers a wide variety of interesting music documentaries. Tune in on Saturday evenings to widen your knowledge of classical music! French organ player Olivier Latry will teach music lovers all there is to know about the modern mechanics of the great Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Notre-Dame in Paris. We head back into early 20th century recording history with the documentary Loving Carmen, which builds on the earliest studies of Carmen in art, literature and cinema. On February 2nd, Stingray Brava will make a little sidestep into the jazz genre, broadcasting the film Looking for Cole, which gives unique insight into Cole Porter’s life.

February 2 at 21:00 | Looking for Cole 

The world-famous American composer and lyricist Cole Porter has long made his way into hearts and songbooks all around the globe. The documentary “Looking for Cole” by Wilfried van den Brande, which was recorded over the course of three years, gives a unique insight into the artist’s most interesting life as a “supreme sophisticate.” Van den Brande may well call himself an expert on Porter since he has completed a PhD on the topic and recorded the largest Porter anthology to date, and published concert recordings of 325 Porter songs online. In “Looking for Cole,” Van den Brande journeys in the composer’s footsteps, discusses his work and life with numerous experts, and shares the stage with musicians such as Kim Criswell, Wayne Marshall, the WDR Funkhaus Orchester, and the Brussels Philharmonic.

February 9 at 21:00 | Loving Carmen  

The documentary “Loving Carmen,” (2016) by Nayo Titzin, builds on the earliest studies of Carmen in art, literature, music, and cinema. The film shows the history of the recording industry at the end of 19th and early 20th century and presents multiple archive images from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, The Library of the US Congress, and private collections. The main narrator in the film is the Bulgarian prima Alex Penda who recreates the role of Carmen in a staging by Nicola Berloffa in the Swiss town of St. Gallen, conducted by the Latvian conductor Modestas Pitrenas. The film also features Ladislav Elgr (tenor), Aris Argiris (baritone), and Christina Pasaroiu (soprano).

February 16 at 21:00 | In the Organ's Stomach

Olivier Latry is the current holder of the Great Organ of Notre Dame. Between its original religious function and the interest of composers of all times, the great organ Cavaillé-Coll reveals its absolute modernity. Latry is considered one of the greatest organists of his generation, both in France and internationally. He sees himself as an ambassador of French music from the 17th through the 20th centuries as well as an advocate for the art of improvisation. Pieces played in the film are: Pierre Cochereau’s Boléro, Louis Vierne’s Carillon of Westminster and Scherzo from Symphony No. 2, Alexandre Guilmant’s Sonata No. 1, Charles-Marie Widor’s Gothic Symphony, Marcel Dupre’s Cortège, Litanie and J. S. Bach’s Passacaille & Fugue.