Documentary Saturday

Every Saturday in September


Every Saturday night in September is documentary night on Stingray Brava. Does Mozart really make you smarter? How do kids today view the composer? How are Pierre Boulez and Béla Bartók connected? Discover this and much more on Stingray Brava with our brand-new documentaries in Documentary Saturday.

Stingray Brava features the most interesting documentaries. Watch Documentary Saturday, every Saturday night in September at 22:15 CEST.

You probably heard of the 'Mozart effect', but what exactly makes Mozart's music so extraordinary? On September 2, filmmaker Frederick Baker gives you an update on the latest state of affairs regarding the science of Mozart. On September 17, there's more Mozart for you: The Boy with the Wig shows how today's children view the famous child prodigy.

On September 9, the legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez reveals his insights on the work of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. Saturday, September 23 presents a portrait of conductor Claudio Abbado. Interviews with friends, unique concert rehearsals, and historical footage help to paint a complete picture of the legendary Italian maestro.

Stingray Brava's documentary month ends with pianist Daniel Barenboim on September 30. A dancer, readings, artworks, and Barenboim's renditions bring Claude Debussy's piano music to life in the enthralling documentary Between You and Me.

Saturday, September 23 at 22:30 CEST | Hearing the Silence

One of the world's finest and most-respected conductors, seventy-year-old Claudio Abbado is legendary in stature, having held the post of musical director with La Scala in Milan from 1968 to 1986, with the Vienna Opera from 1986 to 1991, and the Berlin Philharmonic from 1989 to 2002. A strong advocate of the development of young musical talent, he was instrumental in the foundation of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. After a serious illness, he is beginning a new phase of his career: founding the new Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Filmmaker Paul Smaczny has followed his career over the years, regularly filming and interviewing him. In this profile Abbado talks about his life and work, his conception of music, his favorite compositions. Never-before-seen interviews are combined with images of the conductor in rehearsal and in concert, interviews with friends and colleagues, and archival material. The resulting portrait presents this "silent thinker" under a new and unexpected light.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Performers: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Video director: Paul Smaczny
Video provider: EuroArts Music International
Year: 2003

Saturday, September 30 at 22:30 CEST | Between you and me

Even though he premiered these pieces himself in a concert hall, Claude Debussy had imagined Book I of his Preludes - composed between December 1909 and February 1910 - would be played in a more intimate setting. A few decades later, filmmaker Paul Smaczny fulfilled the composer's dream by having the twelve preludes from Book I performed by Daniel Barenboim in the privacy of an art deco house. The film features a dancer, artwork and readings interspersed between the pieces, beckoning the viewer to step into Debussy’s fantasy.

Performer: Daniel Barenboim
Composer: Claude Debussy
Video provider: EuroArts Music International
Year: 1999