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.
Hear some of the latest round of winners at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, celebrating its 65th anniversary.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Constantin Trinks, conductor
Marc Gruber, horn; Agnes Clement, harp; Wies de Boeve, double bass
Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major - III
Reinhold Gliere: Harp concerto, Op. 74 - II, III
Nino Rota: Divertimento concertante for Double Bass and Orchestra - II, III, IV
Munich Chamber Orchestra
Anais Gaudemard, harp; Michael Karg, double bass; Katerina Javurkova, horn
Claude Debussy: Sacred and Profane Dances
Jan Vanhal: Concerto in D Major for Double Bass and Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 495 - II, III
Bela Bartok: String Quartet No. 3
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74 No. 3 "The Horseman" - II, III, IV
This concert is all about works of music with revolutionary power, including the Symphonie fantastique and the Roman Carnival by Hector Berlioz, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, rightly or wrongly known as "The Emperor." The conductor is one of the hottest items on the European music circuit: Tugan Sokhiev, future head of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, here leading one of France's top orchestras. Another big name is the soloist, Christian Zacharias.
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Christian Zacharias, piano
Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival, Op. 9
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor"
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Romanesque Night: A cult event in Cologne, the Romanesque Night is a four-hour bash in one of the city's beautiful Romanesque churches.
William Byrd: Turn our Captivity (Psalm 126)
John Blow: Blessed is the Man that Hath Not Walked (Psalm 1)
Henry Purcell: I was Glad (Psalm 122)
Bach Association Cologne with Concerto con Anima
Thomas Neuhoff, conductor
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in E-flat Major, BWV 552
Johann Sebastian Bach: O finstre Nacht (O Dark Night), BWV 492
Max Reger: Meine Seele ist still zu Gott (My soul is quiet before God), Op. 105
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue on the Magnificat, BWV 733
Arvo Part: My Heart's in the Highlands
Max Reger: Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor
Elbphilharmonie: It's one of the major buildings of the century, and already considered one of the world's top concert halls: the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, which opened in an internationally noted, spectacular gala on January 11. The opening concert spanned four hundred years of art music and demonstrated everything the hall can do.
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Pavol Breslik, tenor; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, alto; Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Prometheus
Henri Dutilleux: Mystère de l'instant
Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony: Finale
Richard Wagner: Overture to Parsifal
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor - IV. "Ode to Joy"
Michael Praetorius: Quam pulchra es