Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Sundays @ 9PM

The German festival season presents a cross-section of the world's most exciting classical music artists and a mix of repertory from old favorites to new discoveries. Hosted by Rick Fulker, Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts is a weekly series of electrifying performances by top German orchestras like the NDR Symphony and the Bamberg Symphony, alternating with superb orchestras from abroad, including Poland's Sinfonia Varsovia, Russia's Ural Symphony to Great Britain's Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and London Symphony Orchestra. Rudolf Buchbinder, Julia Fischer and Boris Berezovsky are among the soloists.


Opera tunes are good for the spirit - and for public health, believes the German AIDS Foundation, which organizes yearly benefit galas in Bonn and other cities. In this one, there's not a weak moment from the nine soloists, ranging from the tender soprano of American vocalist Robin Johannsen to Russian Marina Prudenskaya's commanding voice, and from the lyrical tenor of Italian Roberto de Biasio to the virile baritone of Italian Davide Luciano.

Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Bonn Theater Chorus
Stefan Blunier, conductor

Chiara Skerath, soprano;  Robin Johannsen, soprano;  Andrea Carè, tenor;  Ingeborg Gillebo, mezzo-soprano;  Simone Kermes, soprano;  Davide Luciano, baritone;  Marina Prudenskaya, mezzo-soprano;  Julia Novikova, soprano;  Roberto De Biasio, tenor

Operatic selections from Mozart, Beethoven, Giordano, Donizetti, Verdi, Rossini, Delibes, Offenbach, Johann Strauss, Jr., Bernstein and others


In Leipzig, it's all about Bach.  It's the city where the composer spent the final years of his very productive life and the scene of the world's most authentic Bach Festival.  This year, a new Cantor is installed at St. Thomas's Church:  Gotthold Schwarz is the 35th man to hold the job (Bach was the 17th).  In the season opener, he led world-famous musicians in pieces evoking apocalyptic visions:  a much-loved cantata by Bach and a Requiem by Max Reger.

Choir of St. Thomas's Church, Leipzig
St. Thomas's School Choir, Leipzig
Leipzig University Choir
Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig
Gotthold Schwarz, conductor

Ullrich Böhme, organ;  Daniel Beilschmidt, organ;  Julia Sophie Wagner, soprano;  Elvira Bill, alto;  Martin Petzold, tenor;  Tobias Berndt, bass

Johann Sebastian Bach:  Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
Johann Sebastian Bach:  O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (O Eternity, You Word of Thunder), BWV 20
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Es ist genug, Herr, wenn es dir gefällt (It is Enough: Lord, If it Pleases you), from: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60
Max Reger:  Requiem (Fragment), WoO V


The most recent Bachfest in Leipzig put 23 of Bach's cantatas on the program, 11 on a single day.  This is a music genre with a message, and our featured ensemble excels in musical communication.  Solomon's Knot baroque collective performs with small forces, without conductor, and often from memory.

Solomon's Knot

Johann Sebastian Bach:  Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (I had much affliction), BWV 21
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a

Johann Schelle:  Machet die Tore weit (Open wide the gates)


Musicians of the Rolandseck Festival

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298
Francis Poulenc:  Trio for violin, bassoon and piano
Leoš Janácek:  String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"
Gioachino Rossini:  Wind Quartet No. 1 in F Major
Jean Françaix:  Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon and strings


Eight Bridges Festival

Estonian State Symphony Orchestra
Bas Wiegers, conductor
Olga Scheps, piano

Arvo Pärt:  Lamentate
Galina Ustvolskaya:  Symphonic Poem No. 1

West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Michael Faust, flute

Jonathan Harvey:  Tranquil Abiding
Pierre Boulez:  Mémoriale (... explosante fixe ... originel )
Friedrich Goldmann:  De profundis
Charles Ives:  The Unanswered Question


Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg
Teodor Currentzis, conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin

Alban Berg:  Violin Concerto "In memory of an angel"
Dmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141


Beethovenfest Opening Concert

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jirí Belohlávek, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin

György Ligeti:  Romanian Concerto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
Antonín Dvorák:  Nature, Life and Love Overtures, Op. 91


Les Siècles
Vlaams Radio Chorus
François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Judith van Wanroij, soprano;  Isabelle Druet, mezzo-soprano;  Julien Behr, tenor;  Nicolas Courjal, bass

Claude Debussy:  Prelude to the afternoon of a faun
Claude Debussy:  Jeux
Igor Stravinsky:  The Rite of Spring
Étienne-Nicolas Méhul:  Solemn mass for the Sacrifice of Napoleon


Marie-Luise Neunecker, horn;  Jana Boušková, harp;  Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Elisabeth Kufferath, Sophie Wang and Byol Kang, violins;  Maya Meron and Hanna Weinmeister, violas;  Gustav Rivinius and Kian Soltani, cellos;  Lars Vogt and Aaron Pilsan, pianos

Johannes Brahms:  Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 99
György Ligeti:  Trio for horn, violin and piano
Claude Debussy:  Two dances for harp and string quartet
Robert Schumann:  Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44


Ural Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonic Chorus of the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic
Dmitri Liss, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Excerpts from The Creatures of Prometheus
Alexander Scriabin:  Prometheus, the Poem of Fire, Op. 60
Sergei Prokofiev:  Cantata on the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution