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Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

Series produced by DW ~ Deutsche Welle

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NEW DW SERIES begins OCT 2, 2017.
Classical performances captured live and featuring some of the world's classical stars performing in Germany's palaces, churches, and concert halls - a front row seat is reserved for your listeners.

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 26 brand new episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts for 2017/2018. With the first new program available on October 2, Festivals host Rick Fulker will transport your listeners to some of the most exciting classical concerts of Germany’s festival season. As always, our music series finds a way to mix the old and the new, from mainstream to contemporary; Palestrina to Tarnopolski.

With more symphony orchestras than the rest of Europe combined, where else on the planet but Germany could your listeners find more musical excitement and diversity?

The first 13 programs of the 26-part series feature the Berlin Philharmonic and principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle at their yearly retreat in Baden-Baden. And when Valery Gergiev leads the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in Bonn, you'll hear why this orchestra embodies the Russian sound like none other.
Sample also the diamond-solid, perfectly chiseled voices of the British vocal ensemble Alamire at Cologne's early music fest – in a program called "The Man in Arms:" music that is 500 years old and completely relevant today.
This series also includes our yearly excursion to the Bachfest in Leipzig – and in the year marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a concert at fabled Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther once lived.
Finally, we manage to discover festivals where we've never been before, such as one on Germany's North Sea coast named "Tides." And don't miss a solo recital by one of the world's most exciting young pianists, Igor Levit.

This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast within one year of the first release date of each program. As with our previous seasons of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts, the 2017/18 season provides your station with rights to air each episode once within a year of its release on PRX. Stations may subscribe to the full 26-part series via PRX SubAuto, or may download individual episodes. There is no requirement to air the full season and programs may be used in any order within the rights window. Many programs from the 2016/17 season are also still available for broadcast.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:
Rick Fulker at rick.fulker@dw.com (p)011-49-228-4294494.

The recordings are made by Germany’s public broadcasting system and Deutsche Welle itself, so count on solid technical quality.

Each programs lasts one hour and fifty-eight minutes. Promos provided, custom made promos if requested.

Host Rick Fulker, a long-time observer of the scene, visits the events and interviews soloists and conductors. He loves nothing more than sharing the music with users on radio and online.

It’s another strong season you won’t want to miss! You’re just a click away from launching one of the most exciting music seasons on your station.
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DW Radio and PRX are thrilled to announce 26 brand new episodes of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts for 2017/2018. With the first new program available on October 2, Festivals host Rick Fulker will transport your listeners to some of the most exciting classical concerts of Germany’s festival season. As always, our music series finds a way to mix the old and the new, from mainstream to contemporary; Palestrina to Tarnopolski. With more symphony orchestras than the rest of Europe combined, where else on the planet but Germany could your listeners find more musical excitement and diversity?The first 13 programs of the 26-part series feature the Berlin Philharmonic and principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle at their yearly retreat in Baden-Baden. And when Valery Gergiev leads the Mariinsky... Show full description


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Caption: Inner courtyard at the Wartburg Castle
Opera lovers know it as the scene of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser," and those familiar with the biography of Martin Luther know that he lived there...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
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In its current form, one of Russia's oldest orchestras is a credit to star maestro Valery Gergiev, who leads it at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. This ...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Ensemble Alamire
"Beware the man in arms" is the message of a song that enjoyed hit status centuries ago and inspired many composers, including Desprez and Palestri...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Annalisa Stroppa, mezzo-soprano
Two hours of all fireworks: favorite arias sung by rising stars on the scene. And all for a good cause: the German AIDS Foundation – one for which ...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Ratko and Radisa Teofilovic
Highlights from a four-hour yearly event that has achieved cult status. The voices of Serbian twin brothers Ratko and Radiša Teofilović render folk...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Lisa Batiashvili, Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic
Several years ago, Germany's most famous orchestra moved its Eastertime activitites from Salzburg to Baden-Baden – and never looked back. As the er...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: The famous boy choir of St. Thomas' Church complemented by the mixed St. Thomas School Choir
The annual Bachfest draws tens of thousands of Bach pilgrims every year to hear his music performed at the very locations where the composer himsel...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Rococo Theater of Schwetzingen Palace
This festival in southwestern Germany's Schwetzingen Palace cultivates the sound culture of the "Mannheim School," which was once so famous it drew...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Boulez Ensemble in the Boulez Hall, Credit: Peter Adamik
Performances from the brand-new concert hall in Berlin named after the great French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez by the Boulez ensemble, wi...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Siegfried Mauser, Credit: Thorsten Mischke
Highlights from the 2016 Beethovenfest including bagatelles by Beethoven and Schubert's E-flat Piano Trio.

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: National Youth Orchestra of Germany, Credit: Annette B. Arger
Turkish pianist Seda Röder is a master of the art of avant-garde piano. She performs on this episode from the Beethovenfest "Songs of Spring" progr...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Jan Vogler, Dresden Festival Orchestra, Ivor Bolton, Credit: Oliver Killig
This week, the Dresden music festival - and its director, Jan Vogler, as our guide. Also a renowned cellist, Vogler founded the Dresden Festival Or...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
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In this Deutsche Welle Festival Concert, the incomparable tradition of Russian choral music at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, with a performance by the...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
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By the time the Berezovsky recital was over, the audience went wild. Russian virtuoso Boris Berezovsky is not only unpredictable with his stupendou...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Conductor Marek Janowski, Credit: Felix Broede
What do Ludwig van Beethoven and the French composer Hugues Dufourt have in common? You'll find out in this Deutsche Welle Festival Concert, presen...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Le concert spirituel and conductor Hervé Niquet
Two very different kinds of tributes are highlighted in the performances we present during this broadcast: homages to queens by Handel and Purcell ...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Applause after the opening concert in the Elbphilharmonie, Credit: Michael Zapf
In a special program, Deutsche Welle and NDR present a special program celebrating the grand opening of Germany's newest concert hall, the Elbphilh...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:55
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We're at the Romanesque Summer, a festival in Cologne that celebrates the city's wonderful Romanesque churches - and uses them as concert sites.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
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Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique and roman Carnival; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57