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Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

Series produced by DW ~ Deutsche Welle

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DW SERIES continues in the Winter quarter.
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. Festivals host Rick Fulker transports 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?

Completing the series of 26 programs – although if you missed the first thirteen, not to worry: the rights window is generously long and you can still use them in the coming months – we start off with Germany's signature orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and one of Germany's older, and greater, conductors: Marek Janowksi. Then, prizewinners at the ARD Music Competition will put you within earshot of the future of music before it's back to Bonn's Beethovenfest. The Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch can be relied on for new discoveries, including two world premieres this year of music that is decades old. For a symphonic sound, listen to – yes, it's true – the four saxophones of the Signum Saxophone Quartet and their spellbinding adaptations. Conductor Kristjan Järvi has been called a Leonard Bernstein of our times, and when you hear the tour he leads with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, you'll know why. The captivating rhythms of Dutch fortepianist Ronald Brautigam keep you at the edge of your seat – and that's only part of what's in store in the Winter and Spring Quarters.

Also check out the first 13 programs of the 26-part series, as their rights windows are still open. Here we 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 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. Festivals host Rick Fulker transports 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?Completing the series of 26 programs – although if you missed the first thirteen, not to worry: the rights window is generously long and you can still use them in the coming months – we start off with Germany's signature orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic,... Show full description


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Caption: Jan Caeyers
Ludwig van Beethoven sometimes performed and conducted in marathon concerts showcasing his own works. In 1803, Vienna's Theater an der Wien witness...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Davide Giovanni Tomasi
A sneak preview of the soloists we'll all be talking about soon: winners at one of the world's major music competitions. Oboe, violin, piano and gu...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Marek Janowski
How to stay young? Ask Marek Janowski. He was 78 when he conducted this concert, but he moves like a man twenty years younger. And he doesn't have ...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Heimbach hydroelectric power plant concert venue, Credit: RWE
"Absurdly talented musicians" is how festival director and pianist Lars Vogt describes the artists he invites to an out-of-the-way retreat in the w...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Christoph Poppen, conductor
One of Germany's newest music festivals is set in a land of wind, waves and open spaces. The festival that calles itself "Tides" seeks out unusual ...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
Caption: Vladimir Jurowski, Credit: Roman Gontcharov
Germany's oldest radio symphony orchestra has a new principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, who balances these responsibilities with his positions ...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:56
Caption: Igor Levit, Credit: Robbie Lawrence
He's outspoken both onstage and in the social media, and at age 30, one of the most exciting pianists around. A recital by Igor Levit is a must-hear.

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:58
Caption: Radio Hesse Symphony Orchestra
Each year, the Beethovenfest in Bonn commissions new music, stipulating that the composer base his piece on a work by Beethoven – so Russian compos...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:57
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
Caption: Valery Gergiev
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 24, 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