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.

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.

We’ll be letting you know about DW Festival Concert’s edition in fall quarter 2021 soon. The programs from fall quarter 2020 and winter quarter 2021 are still available.

DW Radio and PRX present 26 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts beginning in the fall quarter 2020 and continuing into the winter quarter 2021.

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.

In the year of the coronavirus pandemic, concert life in Germany shut down completely at first. Soon, however, special projects emerged, such as a one-of-a-kind performance of Bach's "St. John Passion" from the Bach city, Leipzig, or a unique adaptation of Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony" to be performed, musicians socially distanced, in the composer's home town, Bonn.
On May 1, the Berlin Philharmonic celebrated its birthday with its traditional "Europe Concert," performing a version of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 for chamber ensemble.

We also take you to the medieval basilica of Knechtsteden near Cologne for a mix of wild and crazy folia pieces and otherworldly Gregorian chant.
Three of Berlin's major orchestras performed intensely at that city's music festival for music-hungry audiences.

In short, although concert organizers, navigating the unsteady waters of the pandemic, were making short-term plans that required many changes, we've been able to fill just about the whole season with fresh performances that demonstrate the essential role that music plays in people's lives.
There are two exceptions, however: A glance back at the fabled Borodin Quartet's two-year project at the Beethovenfest in Bonn several seasons ago, and a "Best of Beethovenfest" to wrap up the series with performances supercharged by maestros Harnoncourt, Norrington, Masur, Rattle and Dudamel. And a sterling rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 by Alfred Brendel. Just a couple of moments worth repeating from DW's twenty-year media partnership with the Beethovenfest in Bonn.

It all goes to show that one thing is immune to the virus: music.

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We’ll be letting you know about DW Festival Concert’s edition in fall quarter 2021 soon. The programs from fall quarter 2020 and winter quarter 2021 are still available.DW Radio and PRX present 26 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts beginning in the fall quarter 2020 and continuing into the winter quarter 2021.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.In the year of the coronavirus pandemic, concert life in Germany shut down completely at first. Soon, however, special projects emerged, such as a one-of-a-kind performance of Bach's "St. John Passion" from the Bach city, Leipzig, or... Show full description


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26 Pieces

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Caption: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Even with the impact of the coronavirus on music life in Germany, we've been able to fill most of the programs with fresh concert recordings. But t...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Academy of Early Music Berlin
What is a hero?  Some monumental, untouchable figure? Or maybe somebody more approachable, someone to emulate? Often we are impressed and awed by t...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Sabine Meyer
The Quatour ebene, one of the world's most renowned string quartets, had to abort its plans to take all of Beethoven's quartets on world tour, but ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Statue at the house in Bonn where Ludwig van Beethoven was born
"In Mysterious Company" is the name of a concert by the Belcea Quartet from England. At the Schwetzingen Festival, they played two of Beethoven's l...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Academy of Early Music Berlin
Méhul, Holzbauer, Cherubini and Knecht were among the composers whom Ludwig van Beethoven esteemed – and emulated. The parallels between their wor...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Teodor Currentzis
The charismatic Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis is a sure-bet for exciting concert programs, also with the Southwest German Radio Symphon...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Robin Ticciati
"A true British gentleman with a heart, an unambiguous stance and much passion for music" is how the German press describes Robin Ticciati, the 38-...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Lars Vogt
The magical sound of Sharon Kam's clarinet. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and a piece he's been working on for forty years and still finds astonishi...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Borodin Quartet
Most of the time, we reach out across Germany to bring you the best of the concert season, but sometimes it's good to take a look at what you've al...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Nordic String Quartet
This time we're taking you on a musical excursion to early 20th century Scandinavia: two early pieces by Nielsen, Intimate Voices and Intimate Mini...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Musica Ficta
Carl Nielsen wrote symphonies, concertos, chamber music, sacred music, two operas and – over three hundred songs, of which you'll hear several in t...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Paavo Järvi
Mainstays at Germany's biggest music festival are the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and its principal conductor Paavo Järvi, who have had Beethoven i...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Avi Avital
The lineup this time is a who's who of who's in demand in any season: mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital, percussionist Martin Grubinger, harpist Xavier ...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic
A top orchestra, conductor and soloist telling the musical story of a young girl who left this earth far too soon: Alban Berg's violin concerto "In...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Vladimir Jurowski
Anton Webern, Alban Berg and Alfred Schnittke mark the beginning and the end of 20th century music. Webern kicked off century of innovation, yet he...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Dorothee Oberlinger
From the wild and very earthly dance of the folia – once a European-wide craze – to the ethereal, unearthly sounds of Gregorian chant, this early m...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Danae Dörken
Music salons were where much chamber music was once made; maybe some of the composers even never imagined their works would go beyond them. Early M...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Frans Helmerson
Beethoven's Archduke Trio and Ernest Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet highlight this program with pianist Elena Bashkirova ...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Sabine Meyer
"We try to reinvent the word 'festival' every year, says Oliver Wille, director of this chamber music event that started in 1946 and marked its 75t...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Lars Vogt
There's no limit to the imagination of creative people in a crisis, as one sees when "Tensions: Music in the Power Plant in Heimbach" is transplant...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57