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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Stations may subscribe to the full 26-part series via PRX SubAuto, or may download individual episodes, including those from the past season where the rights window is still open.

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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52 Pieces

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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
Caption: Les Musiciens du Louvre
Orpheus - the mythical figure who at the loss of his beloved Euridice ventures into the realm of death to bring her back and charms the spirits the...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Every year, over two thousand musicians apply for admission to the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, but only the very best are admitted for touring a...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Conductor Oksana Lyniv
Deutsche Welle has collaborated with the Beethovenfest Bonn since 2000 on its Campus Project, showcasing a different country and its music culture ...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Ronald Brautigam
One of the Netherland's most respected musicians, Ronald Brautigam has recorded over 60 CD releases, including the complete works of Mozart and Hay...

  • Added: Feb 16, 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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