Bringing you the very best in classical music
A new era dawns at Dubai Eye, with the introduction of our new classical music segment. Every evening from Sunday to Friday, between 10pm and 1am we will bring you the very best in this popular genre, from Bach to Beethoven; concerts to classical concertos. Combining a mixture of documentaries, festivals and special features, there’ll also be plenty of time to just sit back and enjoy the music…
The Keeping Score series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever is about musical revolutions – about the composers, compositions, and musical movements that changed the way people heard, or thought about, music. Each programme explores the historical backdrop and the musical precursors to the revolutionary change, as well as the lasting influence of that moment in music history. The production design includes musical excerpts mixed with commentary from the host, pop icon Suzanne Vega, as well as interviews with composers, musicologists, writers, and musicians.
Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
The Deutsche Welle radio series features live recordings of the world’s music stars performing across Germany, conveying the full immediacy and festivity of these renowned musical events. Hosted and produced by Rick Fulker, this series explores festivals like the Bach Festival in Leipzig, and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
As one of the nation’s premier repertory companies for chamber music, CMS is committed to bringing audiences the finest performances of an extraordinary body of repertoire, dating as far back as the Renaissance. Having commissioned over 135 new works over its history, CMS also stands firm as a supporter and advocate for new music. Each one-hour program is hosted by radio personality Elliott Forrest, and includes commentary by the performers.
San Francisco Symphony
Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects, carry its impact throughout American musical life.
The San Francisco Symphony has grown in stature and acclaim under such distinguished music directors as Henry Hadley, Alfred Hertz, the legendary Pierre Monteux, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart and Herbert Blomstedt. Current Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas assumed the post in 1995. Together, he and the San Francisco Symphony have formed a musical partnership hailed as “one of the most inspiring and adventurous in the country.” Maestro Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra have also been praised by the critics for their musicianship, for their innovative programming, for bringing the works of American composers to the fore, and for bringing new audiences into Davies Symphony Hall.
A one-of-a kind radio documentary showcasing the piano music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky, as recorded in live performances by Alexander Toradze and members of the Toradze Piano Studio.
Alec Baldwin will be your host, with commentary by Stravinsky himself, Alexander Toradze, Valery Gergiev and Joseph Horowitz, as they explore the life and music of two master Russian composers both of whom were also important pianists – and both of whom emigrated to the United States. In addition to sizzling live performances by Toradze and members of the Toradze Piano Studio, the program includes piano recordings by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. The repertoire ranges from such favorite works as Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (in a two-piano version by the composer), to such rarities as Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Sonata and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos.
Born from the trauma of the Second World War, Edinburgh’s unique combination of festivals is a triumph of international shared storytelling. Encompassing classical music, theater, literature, popular and folk music, science, visual art and a city-wide sharing of culture, this radio series will give listeners a first-hand experience of being in one of the world’s most creative and cosmopolitan cities during a period when over 600,000 visitors experience the “annual cultural equivalent of the Olympics” during which over 4,000 performances take place in hundreds of venues ranging from exquisite concert halls to site-specific fringe spaces.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
One of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is known for its enduring commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, innovation, and vision. Our weekly radio series reflects the Festival’s high standards and varied repertoire by presenting superbly recorded concerts and recitals by some of today’s greatest musical artists.
The 2013 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series features performances recorded in 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico during this celebrated music festival’s 40th anniversary summer season. Each broadcast hour typically contains 50 minutes of music comprised of two works representing chamber music’s core repertoire. The Festival also remains dedicated to lesser known composers and compositions, and to commissioning new works.
Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is internationally recognized as North America’s finest piano music festival. Now in its 22nd year, nearly 100 events showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboardists in the world alongside artists just emerging on the international stage.
From classical to jazz, orchestra concerts to solo recitals, and chamber music to musical theater, the Festival continually achieves acclaim for presenting performances of the highest artistic caliber.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Each year since its founding in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been hailed as Southern California’s leading performing arts institution. Today, under the dynamic leadership of 29-year-old Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, who in 2009 became the orchestra’s eleventh music director, the Philharmonic is still recognized as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras. When he inaugurated his Philharmonic tenure at the Hollywood Bowl, a crowd of eighteen thousand people greeted him with a hollering and stamping pop-star ovation.
There are three main elements behind Gustavo Dudamel’s appeal. The first is his astonishing natural command of the art of conducting. Advance notice of his talent spread not through P.R. departments but in awestruck reports from such illustrious colleagues as Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle, who encountered him on visits to Venezuela. Second, Maestro Dudamel has an infectious emotional energy that tends to win over jaded souls in audiences and orchestras alike. He does not have the stone-faced mask of seriousness; his bright eyes and wriggling features suggest that he revels in what he does. Finally, his Latino background puts a new face on an art that is widely viewed as an all-white affair. He is a product of El Sistema, Venezuela’s legendary network of youth orchestras, which draws talent from the poorest sections of the country, and his perspective is bracingly different from that of the staid conservatory graduate.