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.

DW Radio and PRX are thrilled to announce the season of 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.

Meanwhile, many programs from the past season are still available. With 364 days from release to expiration, the rights window is generous.

Carry the entire series or use the programs as needed.

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.

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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 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.... Show full description


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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
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The focus of this festival of young musicians is on Europe, which when it comes to music, is a rather broad theme, so the idea is to spotlight diff...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Konzerthaus Berlin
This is where the future plays! says Young Euro Classic in Berlin. Normally this festival invites youth orchestras worldwide to Berlin for a week. ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Dirk Kaftan
As a saying goes, "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste." The worldwide pandemic has forced people to be inventive. In concert life, that has to d...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Cristian Macelaru
In mid-June, the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra offered two concerts in one. The idea was to space out visitors in the Cologne Philharmonie, ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: St. John Passion, performed in St. Thomas' Church in Leipzig on Good Friday 2020, Credit: MDR / Stephan Flad
Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. John Passion" for only three musicians? Coming from the city where Bach lived and worked, Leipzig, Germany, the audaci...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: The Berlin Philharmonic
In May 2020, at the height of the pandemic in Germany, Germany's most famous orchestra performed at their home base, in an empty Berlin Philharmoni...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Paavo Järvi
We train the microphone on one of today's most exciting conductors and on a brilliant young Russian singer: Paavo Järvi and Julia Lezhneva both per...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: The Beethoven House in Bonn
Ludwig van Beethoven sometimes signed his name in a manner worthy of a tweet, the character-saving BTHVN. There's no cutting corners this year with...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57