Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

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Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

DW SERIES with fresh performances from Germany.

A new season with performances from top music festivals Made in Germany.

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DW Radio and PRX are thrilled to announce the season of 26 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts beginning in the fall quarter 2019 and continuing into the winter quarter 2020.

Host Rick Fulker brings it all to you in 26 programs, each one hour, 58 minutes long.

The shows reflect the best on the music scene, and along with Rick, the musicians themselves are on hand to give their insights into the events and the music.

Continuing in the winter quarter, we showcase the artistically most exciting musicians at the International Classical Music Awards gala in Lucerne, Switzerland.

In the Beethoven anniversary year, marking 250 years after the composer's birth in Bonn, the Beethovenfest there pairs two of his symphonies against two by a composer whom Beethoven venerated: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. As performed by the Academy of Early Music Berlin, the two composers sound closer than one might have imagined.

And what made Beethoven Beethoven? One of our programs, also from the Beethovenfest, presents the sounds he heard as a young man. Expect some surprises from the orchestra that calls itself "L'arte del mondo."

Meanwhile, across town in Bonn, the BTHVN Week is staging the composers complete, yes, complete chamber music works, under the direction and participation of the fabulous cellist Tabea Zimmermann.

Daniil Trifonov is a pianist with a high name recognition factor, but did you know that he's a composer too? We have the first performance in Germany of his Piano Concerto in E-flat - with Trifonov at the piano.

The Beethovenfest in Bonn sees the world premiere of music by the German composer Enno Poppe. Performing is the violinist Carolin Widmann, who is passionate in her advocacy of contemporary music.

In a concert series named "Music of Our Time," another outstanding violinist, Patricia Kopatchinskaja premieres a violin concerto by the Hungarian composer Marton Illes.

A stirring program describing the horrors of wartime awaits you in "The Squash Hut" from the Early Music Days in Herne, with soprano Dorothee Mields.

Also from Herne, the Ensemble Vintage from Cologne explores Bach's Art of Fugue and similar pieces from before, and the aftermath.

A program revolving around nighttime music, a performance by the legendary Russian conductor Vladimir I. Fedossiev and two superb pianists round out the winter quarter selections.

Meanwhile, because of the generous rights window, the programs from the fall quarter 2019 are still fresh and available.

They include the inaugural performance of the Berlin Philharmonic's new principal conductor Kirill Petrenko with Beethoven's Ninth.

We also take you to hear what's exciting in 20th and 21st century music at the Eight Bridges Festival in Cologne. Greek/Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis has been making waves all across Europe, and there too.

Added to that are festivals without which this series would never be complete, including our yearly pilgrimage to the Bachfest in Leipzig.

With hundreds of music festivals to choose from, we always discover something new, like the String Quartet Festival in Heidelberg.

Stations are free to use the entire series in running order or to pick and choose.

Carry the entire series or use the programs as needed: With 364 days from release to expiration, the rights window is generous.

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DW Radio and PRX are thrilled to announce the season of 26 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts beginning in the fall quarter 2019 and continuing into the winter quarter 2020. Host Rick Fulker brings it all to you in 26 programs, each one hour, 58 minutes long.The shows reflect the best on the music scene, and along with Rick, the musicians themselves are on hand to give their insights into the events and the music.Continuing in the winter quarter, we showcase the artistically most exciting musicians at the International Classical Music Awards gala in Lucerne, Switzerland. In the Beethoven anniversary year, marking 250 years after the composer's birth in Bonn, the Beethovenfest there pairs two of his symphonies against two by a composer whom Beethoven venerated: Carl Philipp... Show full description


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Caption: Louis Lortie
This program pits a onetime child prodigy and winner of the 2017 International Telekom Beethoven Competition against an accomplished master on the ...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Vladimir Fedossiev and Nikita Boriso-Glebsky with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow
Now 87, conductor Vladimir I. Fedossiev's renderings of Russian music are legendary. In this concert, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra Moscow of course pe...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: L'arte del mondo
If the only possible explanation for a singular genius like Ludwig van Beethoven is that he'd fallen from heaven, he certainly fell on fertile grou...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Daniil Trifonov and the Bamberg Symphony
One of today's most celebrated pianists is a composer too, and here he joins one of Germany's top-tier orchestras in the first performance in Germa...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:56
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Nighttime, the time of dreams and fantasies, has always inspired music, notably Antonio Vivaldi, who's the centerpiece of this concert at the Beeth...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Romina Lischka
17th century German literature had a strange birthplace: a hut covered with squash foliage in Heinrich Albert's garden in Königsberg. It was in Alp...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Alan Gilbert
"He's maternal milk – and paternal trauma too," says the German composer Enno Poppe about Ludwig van Beethoven. At the Beethovenfest in Bonn, violi...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
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One of the world's major awards in the field of classical music is based not on sales success but on artistic quality - as evaluated by a panel of ...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Kit Armstrong
Franz Schubert's song cycle of despair, rendered by a singer and pianist of great sensitivity. And several pieces by Mozart – after all, this does...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Teodor Currentzis
Seven bridges span the River Rhine at Cologne. The eighth one spans gulfs in the minds and hearts of music lovers, bringing 20th and 21st century t...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural performance in the Berlin Philharmonie
The decision – one orchestra member, one vote – was made four years ago. Now Berlin is in Petrenko fever. The new music director and principal cond...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Aris Quartet
Some have called the string quartet the summit of the composer's craft. An entire festival in Heidelberg, Germany is dedicated to the genre. Focusi...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Concert in May 2019 in the Bonn Opera
Opera is about love and suffering, intrigues and fate. But many of the selections from this gala for the German AIDS Foundation exude hope. With a ...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Bach statue in front of St. Thomas' Church
Under the slogan "Court Composer Bach," this year's festival highlighted works written when Bach was engaged at various courts. The opening concert...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: MIchael Schneider
The Würzburg Residential Palace has been called "a symphony in marble:" reason enough for a conductor named Hermann Zilcher to establish a Mozart f...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Jacques Offenbach
"Yes, we Can-Can" is what the fine people of Cologne are chanting in 2019, two hundred years after the birth of Jakob – later Jacques – Offenbach. ...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Sitkovetsky Trio
Performed just feet away from the little room where Ludwig van Beethoven was born, this concert comes to you from Germany's most often-visited musi...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Mieczyslaw Weinberg
2019 is, among other things, the Weinberg year. Born 100 years ago in Poland, Mieczyslaw Weinberg is an unsung hero worth getting better acquainted...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: National Youth Orchestra of Germany
At age fifty, is one getting on in years? Absolutely not, especially if that fifty-year-old is the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. We've got t...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57