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DW Festival Concerts
For a cross-section of the world's most exciting classical music artists and a mix of repertory from old favorites to new discoveries, visit the German festival season. If you can't do that, Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts are your one-stop solution. Electrifying performances in "made in Germany" recording quality, introduced by host Rick Fulker and the artists themselves.
In the Wagner anniversary year, we take you - where else? - to the Wagner festival town of Bayreuth. Besides the new production of the composer's "Ring" cycle, this series includes the exclusive concert given on Wagner's 200th birthday, led this time onstage the Bayreuth Festspielhaus by probably the world's foremost Wagnerian conductor, Christian Thielemann.
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Roger Norrington, Kent Nagano, Kristian Järvi and Mariss Jansons are among the other conductors in these first thirteen concerts of the season. The soloists make for an equally impressive list, including Russian-born pianist Igor Levit, Iranian-born harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, Austrian mega-percussionist Martin Grubinger and violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann and Baiba Skride.
Musical metropolis Cologne has two new festivals, one dedicated to early music, the other to modern. We take you to both. Headliner at the Cologne Festival of Early Music was soprano Emma Kirkby, whom you can hear in one of her signature roles, Queen Dido from Purcell's Did? & Aeneas. The focus of Cologne's Eight Bridges Festival was Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, his music presented here back-to-back with Bach, and with major works of the 20th century.
Apropos Bach: DW's media partnership with the world's most important Bach Festival in Leipzig yields a performance of the composer's B Minor Mass, and - in time for the Advent season - a German-language adaptation of Handel's Messiah by Mozart. Performing in both concerts: the 801-year-old boy choir of St. Thomas' Church, led by Bach's current successor as Thomaskantor, Georg Christoph Biller.
For a more than unusual take on familiar pieces, check out "Ottoman Miracles," where Germany's National Youth Orchestra joins forces with soloists on the daf and the kemençe in an intermingling of sounds from the Occident and the Middle East. Artist-in-Residence at the Hitzacker Summer Music Festival is Caroline Widmann, who has put together an imaginative lineup of programs on the subject of Nighttime and Dreams.
The lineup would not be complete without a stop to the statewide Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, one of the world's largest. This time the festival puts a spotlight on music from the Baltic lands.
- WIDMANN: Armonica for Orchestra
- MOZART: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
- BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in e, Op. 98
- Camilo: Just Kidding; One More Once; Caribe
- Gilberto: Chega de Saudade (No More Longing)
- Piazzolla: Libertango, arranged for brass and percussion; Libertango, arranged for two pianos and percussion
- Say: Variations for Two Pianos and Percussion, Op. 32
- Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110
- BACH: Fantasy in G, BWV 572
- HANDLE/MOZART: The Messiah, German Version
- J.S. BACH: Mass in b, BWV 232
- KENW/KMTH-FM presents continuous holiday music from 7:00 pm on the 24th until 11:00 pm on the 25th.