8.00 Deutsche Welle Festival: Pastoral Plus

As a saying goes, "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste." The worldwide pandemic has forced people to be inventive. In concert life, that has to do with what is performed and how it is brought to the audience. We sample a virtual musical bridge spanning Germany and Russia, a unique performance of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and a "ghost concert," audience-free, in the Cologne Philharmonie – and a pretty lively one at that.

Dirk Kaftan

Dirk Kaftan Photo: Deutsche Welle

 

Programme:

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons, May (Starlit Nights); BACH: Cello Suite No 5 in C minor BWV 1011, Prelude; BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No 9 Op 47 (3); MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition, Tuileries; BACH: Partita No 2 in C minor BWV 826, Sinfonia; MESSIAEN: Quartet for the End of Time (2), Vocalise; RACHMANINOV: Romances, Spring Waters; BERNSTEIN: Serenade after Plato's Symposium; DVORAK: Serenade for Strings Op 22 (3, 4, 5); BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 6 in F Op 68, Pastoral (excerpt)

Karen Gomyo (violin), West German Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cristian Macelaru, Members of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn conducted by Dirk Kaftan and other soloists

Recorded in various venues in Moscow, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Cologne, Bonn (Deutsche Welle)