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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42 Pieces

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Caption: Bach statue in front of St. Thomas' Church
Under the slogan "Court Composer Bach," this year's festival highlighted works written when Bach was engaged at various courts. The opening concert...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Concert in May 2019 in the Bonn Opera
Opera is about love and suffering, intrigues and fate. But many of the selections from this gala for the German AIDS Foundation exude hope. With a ...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Aris Quartet
Some have called the string quartet the summit of the composer's craft. An entire festival in Heidelberg, Germany is dedicated to the genre. Focusi...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural performance in the Berlin Philharmonie
The decision – one orchestra member, one vote – was made four years ago. Now Berlin is in Petrenko fever. The new music director and principal cond...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Teodor Currentzis
Seven bridges span the River Rhine at Cologne. The eighth one spans gulfs in the minds and hearts of music lovers, bringing 20th and 21st century t...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Kit Armstrong
Franz Schubert's song cycle of despair, rendered by a singer and pianist of great sensitivity. And several pieces by Mozart – after all, this does...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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One of the world's major awards in the field of classical music is based not on sales success but on artistic quality - as evaluated by a panel of ...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Alan Gilbert
"He's maternal milk – and paternal trauma too," says the German composer Enno Poppe about Ludwig van Beethoven. At the Beethovenfest in Bonn, violi...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Romina Lischka
17th century German literature had a strange birthplace: a hut covered with squash foliage in Heinrich Albert's garden in Königsberg. It was in Alp...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:58
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Nighttime, the time of dreams and fantasies, has always inspired music, notably Antonio Vivaldi, who's the centerpiece of this concert at the Beeth...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Daniil Trifonov and the Bamberg Symphony
One of today's most celebrated pianists is a composer too, and here he joins one of Germany's top-tier orchestras in the first performance in Germa...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: L'arte del mondo
If the only possible explanation for a singular genius like Ludwig van Beethoven is that he'd fallen from heaven, he certainly fell on fertile grou...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Vladimir Fedossiev and Nikita Boriso-Glebsky with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow
Now 87, conductor Vladimir I. Fedossiev's renderings of Russian music are legendary. In this concert, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra Moscow of course pe...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Louis Lortie
This program pits a onetime child prodigy and winner of the 2017 International Telekom Beethoven Competition against an accomplished master on the ...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Ensemble Vintage, Credit: A. Spreer
Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Art of Fugue" is a microcosm of a musical universe. This concert travels to a several galaxies in that universe, with ...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Academy of Early Music Berlin
In Beethoven's time, the historical figure called the "great Bach" was not Johann Sebastian but his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel. We hear symphonies b...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Patricia Kopatschinskaja
With its new principal conductor Cristian Macelaru, the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra stands at the beginning of a new era. Continuing this ...

  • Added: Mar 06, 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
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 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