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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48 Pieces

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Caption: Rococo Theater of Schwetzingen Palace
This festival in southwestern Germany's Schwetzingen Palace cultivates the sound culture of the "Mannheim School," which was once so famous it drew...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: The famous boy choir of St. Thomas' Church complemented by the mixed St. Thomas School Choir
The annual Bachfest draws tens of thousands of Bach pilgrims every year to hear his music performed at the very locations where the composer himsel...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Lisa Batiashvili, Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic
Several years ago, Germany's most famous orchestra moved its Eastertime activitites from Salzburg to Baden-Baden – and never looked back. As the er...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Ratko and Radisa Teofilovic
Highlights from a four-hour yearly event that has achieved cult status. The voices of Serbian twin brothers Ratko and Radiša Teofilović render folk...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Annalisa Stroppa, mezzo-soprano
Two hours of all fireworks: favorite arias sung by rising stars on the scene. And all for a good cause: the German AIDS Foundation – one for which ...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Ensemble Alamire
"Beware the man in arms" is the message of a song that enjoyed hit status centuries ago and inspired many composers, including Desprez and Palestri...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Valery Gergiev
In its current form, one of Russia's oldest orchestras is a credit to star maestro Valery Gergiev, who leads it at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. This ...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Inner courtyard at the Wartburg Castle
Opera lovers know it as the scene of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser," and those familiar with the biography of Martin Luther know that he lived there...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Radio Hesse Symphony Orchestra
Each year, the Beethovenfest in Bonn commissions new music, stipulating that the composer base his piece on a work by Beethoven – so Russian compos...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Igor Levit, Credit: Robbie Lawrence
He's outspoken both onstage and in the social media, and at age 30, one of the most exciting pianists around. A recital by Igor Levit is a must-hear.

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Vladimir Jurowski, Credit: Roman Gontcharov
Germany's oldest radio symphony orchestra has a new principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, who balances these responsibilities with his positions ...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Christoph Poppen, conductor
One of Germany's newest music festivals is set in a land of wind, waves and open spaces. The festival that calles itself "Tides" seeks out unusual ...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Heimbach hydroelectric power plant concert venue, Credit: RWE
"Absurdly talented musicians" is how festival director and pianist Lars Vogt describes the artists he invites to an out-of-the-way retreat in the w...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Marek Janowski
How to stay young? Ask Marek Janowski. He was 78 when he conducted this concert, but he moves like a man twenty years younger. And he doesn't have ...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Davide Giovanni Tomasi
A sneak preview of the soloists we'll all be talking about soon: winners at one of the world's major music competitions. Oboe, violin, piano and gu...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Jan Caeyers
Ludwig van Beethoven sometimes performed and conducted in marathon concerts showcasing his own works. In 1803, Vienna's Theater an der Wien witness...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Thomas Sanderling
Dmitry Shostakovich vacationed in Gohrisch twice and wrote one major work there. Now there's a yearly festival in the composer's memory in that lit...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Opera Fuoco
Founded in 2003 in Paris by American conductor David Stern, the opera company "Opera Fuoco" includes a unique instrumental ensemble comprising lead...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Erik Nestler, Blaž Kemperle, Alan Lužar and Guerino Bellarosa: the Signum Saxophone Quartet
Four saxophones in a single concert – might that not be a bit monotonous in terms of sound culture? It's anything but, as you'll hear in this perfo...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: baltic sea philharmonic in hamburg's elbphilharmonie
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is made up of musicians from the ten countries on the Baltic Sea. Its founder and chief conductor Kristjan Järvi stands...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57