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.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Fazil Say, piano
Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll in E Major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Fazil Say: Chamber Symphony, Op. 62
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 80 in D minor
Deutsche Welle Opera Gala in Bonn
German Chamber Philharmonic, Bremen
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
Golda Schultz, soprano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Mi tradì quell'alma ingrate"from Don Giovanni
Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven: "Ah perfido!"
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
Nighttime and dreams - both natural and induced - are the theme of the first part of the program, as the Sollazzo Ensemble performs medieval and Renaissance music revolving around the nightingale, a smokers' society (not only of tobacco) and the visions that activity can provoke. Also, the renowned period choir Cantus Cölln conveys German baroque visions of death - and eternal life in the hereafter.
PART ONE: The Nightingale
PART TWO: The Smokers
PART THREE: The Nightmare
Anna Danilevskaia, fiddle and conductor
PART FOUR: On the Way to Paradise
Konrad Junghänel, conductor
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.
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