Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

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Caption: Our new host Cristina Burack
Our new host Cristina Burack 

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 present a new season of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts featuring the freshest, most exciting live classical music performances from Germany. Starting in October, our new host, Cristina Burack, will take you to the country's best classical music festivals over 13 episodes, as well as bring you selected highlights from exceptional concerts. You'll also hear directly from the musicians, conductors and festival directors, as they share exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into the pieces and performances.

The new concerts date from October 2021 to December 2021, and each episode is one hour and 58 minutes long. The series offers ideal flexibility, as you can broadcast the entire season, creating a regular listening experience, or use episodes individually as needed.

As in so many other parts of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted cultural life in Germany. Many festivals could take place only digitally or with very few audience members present. Yet despite these challenges, Germany had a successful and very special festival season – one that was imbued with enthusiasm from the audiences and emotional performances by the musicians. Everyone was energized and moved by sharing live music again. We look forward to bringing you these unique concert experiences in the new episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts (DWFC).

An exceptional musical reunion took place around Eastertime 2021. As part of a pilot project to safely reopen concert halls, the Berlin Philharmonic presented Tchaikovsky's fantasy overture from "Romeo and Juliet" and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 in E minor under the direction of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko.

It was also a year of important anniversaries, with the Mozart Festival in Würzburg celebrating its 100th anniversary this past summer. For the celebration, violinist Renaud Capuçon and violist Gérard Caussé performed on instruments that had belonged to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event as the instruments almost never leave the Austrian private collection of the foundation that owns them. The soloists performed alongside the Camerata Salzburg and under the direction of German composer, conductor and clarinetist Jörg Widmann. The program also included Mozart's Fantasia for a Mechanical Organ and his famous "Jupiter" Symphony.

The world-renowned Bach Festival in Leipzig chose "Salvation" as its 2021 theme. Exceptional Bach choirs like the Thomaner Choir performed various cantatas and oratorios, including excerpts from the composer's festive Christmas Oratorio.

Tempest-tossed voyages over blowing seas, sparse winter landscapes shimmering with snow: Such dramatic scenes will take shape before your eyes when listening to the evocative opening concert of the Rheingau Music Festival. The program featured early and late Romantic works by Felix Mendelssohn and Jean Sibelius.

The Beethoven Festival in Bonn continues to be a special focus of the Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts series. This year was a busy one for the festival, as it made up for last year's pandemic-related cancelations, which had coincided with celebrations for Beethoven's 250th birthday anniversary. The 2021 festival motto, "Rise again, yes, rise again…" perfectly expressed the revival of its musical activity.

Starting August 20, leading European orchestras, such as the period instrument ensemble Le Concert des Nations under Jordi Savall, made appearances in Bonn, the composer's birthplace. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed under the 94-year-old legend Herbert Blomstedt, while the Chamber Orchestra of Basel, with star violinist Caroline Widmann and conductor Sylvain Cambreling, was also part of the celebration program. Rare gems by Franz Liszt and Alexander Skrjabin and a critically acclaimed contemporary work by organist Cameron Carpenter met in a concert whose theme was the Greek hero Prometheus. And the young French conductor Maxime Pascal directed the renowned Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a thrilling performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the "Resurrection" Symphony.

These exciting new episodes are available, as are those from the fall of 2020 and the winter of 2021.
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DW Radio and PRX present a new season of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts featuring the freshest, most exciting live classical music performances from Germany. Starting in October, our new host, Cristina Burack, will take you to the country's best classical music festivals over 13 episodes, as well as bring you selected highlights from exceptional concerts. You'll also hear directly from the musicians, conductors and festival directors, as they share exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into the pieces and performances. The new concerts date from October 2021 to December 2021, and each episode is one hour and 58 minutes long. The series offers ideal flexibility, as you can broadcast the entire season, creating a regular listening experience, or use episodes individually as needed. As... Show full description


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An evening of intimate chamber music in a hydroelectric power plant? You bet! Known as the "Bayreuth of Chamber Music", the Heimbach music festival...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2021
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Caption: Stage Design Flying Dutchman
A deal with the devil, a vow till death and surging melodies make Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" pure drama – and this gripping perfo...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2021
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He was a rebel and a trickster, a thief with lofty intent, a champion of mankind against the gods: Prometheus. The Greek titan who stole fire from ...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2021
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What makes a symphony legendary? Is it a certain level of grandeur or complexity? Or can just the initial ideas of a never completed work be just a...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
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Caption: Conductor Philippe Herreweghe
What do you turn to when a loss is so great that you can't put your grief into words? For many people, it's music – but such music isn't strictly s...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2021
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It's possibly the most iconic piece of music in the entire Western classical repertoire: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, with its soaring "Ode to Joy" ...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2021
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Caption: Eberbach Abbey
Tempest-tossed voyages over billowing seas, sparse winter landscapes shimmering with snow – it's all but impossible not to see such dramatic scenes...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:59
Caption: Conductor Kyrill Petrenko
How do you capture star-crossed lovers in music? And can a symphony pull a composer out of an emotional rut? The Berlin Philharmonic under chief co...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2021
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This 100th anniversary celebration of the Würzburg Mozart Festival features two very special guests: A violin and a viola owned by no less than Wol...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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