Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

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Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

DW SERIES with fresh performances from Germany.

As events from Germany's top music festivals continue, we have more sterling performances by the world's top stars performing in the country's palaces, churches, and concert halls. A front row seat is reserved for your listeners.

Broadcast rights allow PRX subscriber stations to use any or all of the programs in the series that have been already been published, or subscribe to the series to receive the files automatically each week.

DW Radio and PRX are thrilled to announce the winter season of episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts for early 2019. Host Rick Fulker transports your listeners to some of the most exciting classical concerts of Germany’s festival season.

With more symphony orchestras than the rest of Europe combined, where else on the planet but Germany could your listeners find more musical excitement and diversity?

We'll take you there for an exciting world premiere from the Beethovenfest: composer Bernhard Lang's take-off on Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. Sneak preview: While paying respectful tribute to the original, it's a fun piece.

In a similar effort: Is any composer unaffected by Johann Sebastian Bach? Certainly not the two we meet at the Rheingau Festival, Uri Caine and Brett Dean, participating in a project with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra that pairs Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with newly commissioned works inspired by them.

What made Beethoven Beethoven? Celebrating the music tradition of the Rhineland, his home town explores that issue in two concerts with music that he heard and that shaped him as a child and a young man in Bonn – and that continued the Beethoven tradition after his death.

We all know what ten fingers can do at the piano – but how about twenty, or forty? That's the subject of another Beethovenfest program.

Meanwhile, in Saxony, two of that state's most venerable music organizations, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, led by Herbert Blomstedt, pool their resources for a concert celebrating diversity and condemning racism.

From pride to gluttony and from sloth to parsimony, the Seven Deadly Sins have struck fear into the heart of many a sinner over the centuries – and inspired a lot of music. Full disclosure in a program with highlights from seven corresponding concerts at the Early Music Days in Herne.

We'll also hear the amazing artistry of the Moldavian-Austrian violinist Patricia Kopatschinskaja and violinist Carolin Widmann's take on Schumann's Violin Concerto. To wind things up: the tour program by conductor Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Orchestra. It rocks.

Recording quality throughout: Made in Germany. Audience excitement and ambience: palpable. Host and producer: Rick Fulker, eager to share it all in 26 programs in the fall and winter quarters.

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Each program lasts one hour and fifty-eight minutes. Promos provided, custom-made if requested.

Questions? Contact Rick Fulker: rick.fulker@dw.com. Hide full description

DW Radio and PRX are thrilled to announce the winter season of episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts for early 2019. Host Rick Fulker transports your listeners to some of the most exciting classical concerts of Germany’s festival season. With more symphony orchestras than the rest of Europe combined, where else on the planet but Germany could your listeners find more musical excitement and diversity?We'll take you there for an exciting world premiere from the Beethovenfest: composer Bernhard Lang's take-off on Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. Sneak preview: While paying respectful tribute to the original, it's a fun piece. In a similar effort: Is any composer unaffected by Johann Sebastian Bach? Certainly not the two we meet at the Rheingau Festival, Uri Caine and Brett Dean,... Show full description


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Caption: Tatyana Masurenko
More electrifying performances from the historic hydroelectric power plant in a river valley in a remote corner of western Germany. The mostly Russ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Herbert Blomstedt
International understanding and the free flow of ideas are the lifeblood of the music world. Reminding us of these core values, two of Saxony's sto...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Piano Duo Gerwig & Gonzales
Listening to the piano adaptations of pieces like Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, you might just hear things your ear has gotten used to ignoring in th...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Bernhard Lang
"Beethoven's ghost was in the room," says the conductor of this concert, relating the moment when Bernhard Lang's new piece began to take shape. We...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Nicholas McGegan
Founded by conductor Sir Roger Norrington, the Schwetzingen Festival's Orchestral Academy explores what happens when a "modern" orchestra delves in...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Power plant, Heimbach
Turn the world's most "absurdly talented" (quoting festival director Lars Vogt) chamber musicians loose on a historic hydroelectric power plant, an...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Mikhail Pletnev
The Beethovenfest invites us to experience three famous last works: the overture to the last of Rossini's 39 operas, the violin concerto by Schuman...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Anna Bonitatibus
The annual opera gala by the German AIDS Foundation provides a one-stop listen to the vocalists shaking up Europe's opera houses. Wall-to-wall fire...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: St. Thomas' Church, Leipzig
The Bachfest always opens in St. Thomas' Church in Leipzig, with the composer in attendance: His remains lie under the altar space. This year's ope...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Bernd Alois Zimmermann
We salute one of the great composers of the 20th century, Bernd Alois Zimmermann – and get an idea of where he came from and where he led to: the c...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Sholto Kynoch and Anna Stephany
Call this performance a visit to the living room of Clara and Robert Schumann. The festival Heidelberg Spring did everything they could to generate...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Dresden Festival Orchestra
If you love Brahms, you'll find three opportunities for true love in this concert featuring Germany's youngest orchestra. Founded only seven years ...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Teodor Currentzis
One of the hottest young stars in the world of classical music just took over at the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Critics lauded thei...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Arabella Steinbacher
Marking its 70th anniversary, the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra invited the celebrated violinist Arabella Steinbacher, hailed for the perfec...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Margravial Opera in Bayreuth
We're going to Bayreuth for the reopening of the sumptuous Margravial Opera – and a yearly ritual by Germany's most famous orchestra. The show also...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Daniel Spaw
"All a poet can do today is warn," wrote Wilfred Owen, an English poet who died in battle just days before the end of World War I in 1918. In 1962,...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Francois-Xavier Roth
National identity and the diversity of peoples are not only issues that occupy our own times. In different eras of European history, these factors ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Jakub Hruša
"Distance, Love, the Sea, Music" is the heading of this Beethovenfest concert with two female vocal soloists and one of Germany's major orchestras....

  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Hermann Max
Five centuries ago, Martin Luther had a transformative effect on nearly every aspect of German society, including education. His call for the schoo...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57