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 present 26 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts.
Currently, you enjoy access to the concerts dated October 2020 to March 2021. A new season will start in October this year.

Each of the 26 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 is still impacting cultural life in Germany: Many festivals can 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. The Dresden Festival Orchestra under conductor Daniele Gatti also performed a cycle of all symphonies by Robert Schumann as part of a similar scheme. We will present a selection of these recordings.

This year’s theme of the famous Bach Festival is “Salvation.” Renowned Bach choirs will perform Bach’s “Messiah” in various cantatas and oratories, and at Bayreuth, Oksana Lyniv will be the first woman to conduct the festival orchestra. The festivities will open with Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman.”
The Mozart Festival in Würzburg is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer. Renaud Capucon and Gerard Causse will play on the violin and viola respectively – both performing on original instruments from Mozart’s private collection. The musicians will perform 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 is planning to make 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 will make 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 are also part of the program. You can take over and carry the entire series or use the programs individually as needed.

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 26 episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts.Currently, you enjoy access to the concerts dated October 2020 to March 2021. A new season will start in October this year.Each of the 26 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 is still impacting cultural life in Germany: Many festivals can 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... Show full description


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26 Pieces

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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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: 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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