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.

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DW Radio and PRX present 13 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts.
Currently, you enjoy access to the 26 concerts dated October 2020 to March 2021. A new season will start in October this year with our new host Cristina Burack. You can take over and carry the entire series or use the programs individually as needed.

Each of the shows is an hour and 58 minutes in length. The recordings present the best of German festivals as well as of selected classical music concerts. The musicians themselves are on hand to give their insights into the events and the music.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted cultural life in Germany: Many festivals could take place only virtually or with very few visitors. In spite of these restrictions, we look forward to presenting you with new episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts (DWFC).

As part of a pilot project to open concerts back up again, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Kirill Petrenko presented Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony Number 2 in E-minor.

This year’s theme of the famous Bach Festival is “Salvation.” Renowned Bach choirs will perform in accordance with the Bach Festival Motto "Bach’s Messiah” in various cantatas and oratorios.

The Mozart Festival in Würzburg was celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer. Renaud Capucon and Gerard Causse played on the violin and viola respectively – both performing on original instruments from Mozart’s private collection. The musicians performed alongside the Camerata Orchestra, Salzburg and under the direction of German composer, conductor and clarinettist Jörg Widmann. The program also includes Mozart’s Organ Fantasia K. 608 and his famous Jupiter Symphony.

The Beethoven Festival in Bonn continues to be the focus of the DW Festival Concert programs. The birthplace of the German composer made up for pandemic-related cancelations last year, which coincided with Beethoven’s 250th year of birth. From August 20 onwards, leading European orchestras such as Le Concert des Nations under Jordi Saval made their appearances in Bonn. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt and the Chamber Orchestra of Basel with soloist Caroline Widmann and Silvain Cambreling as conductor were also part of the program.

The programs from the fall quarter of 2020 and the winter quarter of 2021 are still available. Among others, you will find Bach’s “St. John’s Passion,” from Bach’s city, Leipzig, and a unique adaptation of Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony,” performed by musicians playing at a safe distance from one another in the composer's hometown, Bonn.
And 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.

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DW Radio and PRX present 13 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts.Currently, you enjoy access to the 26 concerts dated October 2020 to March 2021. A new season will start in October this year with our new host Cristina Burack. You can take over and carry the entire series or use the programs individually as needed.Each of the shows is an hour and 58 minutes in length. The recordings present the best of German festivals as well as of selected classical music concerts. The musicians themselves are on hand to give their insights into the events and the music.The COVID-19 pandemic impacted cultural life in Germany: Many festivals could take place only virtually or with very few visitors. In spite of these restrictions, we look forward to presenting you with new episodes of Deutsche... Show full description


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27 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