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Concert Premieres

Wednesday evenings in April


Every Wednesday evening in April at 21:00, Stingray Brava will broadcast a fresh, never before seen concert from prestigious venues featuring the most amazing soloists!

Wednesday, April 3 at 21:00 | Pierre Boulez in Salzburg

This documentary by Felix Breisach from 1992 features Pierre Boulez as conductor and pianist preparing for his first performances with the Wiener Philharmoniker in Salzburg. Boulez is a seminal figure in modern music and studied with Olivier Messiaen. Since the 1940s he’s been at the centre of the French musical avant-garde. Boulez is filmed while working with the Vienna Philharmonic on Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra Op. 6 and his own composition Notations I-IV (1945) against the backdrop of Vienna’s Grossermusikvereinsaal with its glittering chandeliers and golden pillars. In an interview from Alban Berg’s original apartment in Vienna, Boulez talks about Berg’s music and provides background to his own composition Notations. The concentration with which Boulez listens to his musicians is evident as he picks out small groups of instruments, sometimes individuals, and asks them to make precise adjustments to particular parts of the score until he is satisfied.

Wednesday, April 10 at 21:00 | Homage to Yehudi Menuhin

On 22 April 2016, Yehudi Menuhin would have celebrated his 100th birthday. One of his most famous students - and one of his best friends - is violinist Daniel Hope. For him, Yehudi Menuhin was the reason he become a violinist. At first, his mother became the secretary of Menuhin when Daniel Hoe and his parents moved to London. Hope grew up in Menuhin's house and learned not only to love music, but also to make the violin a part of his life. Playing the violin every day is like walking every day, or drinking and eating. He played with Menuhin some of Bartok's Duos which was, according to Hope, an introduction to Bartok’s extraordinary music. A piece of Bartok had to be part of this program as well as Ravel's Kaddish, the encore Daniel Hope choose when Menuhin conducted his last concert in Düsseldorf. But this concert starts with Elgar's Violin Concerto. Hope plays with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the baton of Iván Fischer.

Wednesday, April 17 at 21:00 | Pierre Boulez conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker

Pierre Boulez conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a performance at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg on August 30, 1992. With this concert, Boulez sets one of the significant milestones in the reorientation of the city's renowned Salzburger Festspiele. The concert opens with Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes, which is inspired by impressionist paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The work is meant to designate various impressions and special effects of light that the word ‘Nocturne’ suggests. Also on the program is Boulez’ own work ‘Livre pour cordes’ and the music from Bartók’s one act pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, composed between 1918 and 1924. The premiere of the ballet caused a scandal and was banned on moral grounds. During the rest of Bartók's life it was mainly performed as a concert suite, which is about two-thirds of the original music. The concert concludes with Stravinsky’s ‘Le chant du rossignol’ (The Song of the Nightingale), a symphonic poem composed in 1917 as adaption of the opera, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Nightingale.

Wednesday, April 24 at 21:00 | Rolando Villazón - One Night in Berlin 

French-Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón (1972) is accompanied by the Südwestdeutsche Kammerphilharmonie Konstanz, performing a colourful recital from the Berliner Philharmonie. In this concert from 2006, Villazón performs various arias by Italian opera composers like Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Cilea and Mascagni. On the program are also some French works by Massenet, like ‘Ô Souverain, ô juge, ô père’ from Le Cid and ‘Toute mon âme est là! Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps’ from ‘Werther’. Through his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Villazón established himself as one of the music world’s most beloved stars and one of the leading tenors of our day. The Times heralded him as “the most charming of today’s divos.”