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Early music from a medieval basilica on the Deutsche Welle Festival in July 2021


We'll hear an evening of salon music and the  transcendental and unearthly sounds of Gregorian chant, as the Early Music in Knechtsteden festival fills a medieval basilica with its diverse sounds. These two concerts from the Deutsche Welle Festival air July 21 & 28 at 8pm. 

7/7       Hitzacker Chamber Music Festival  Now in its 75th anniversary season, the "festival" reinvented itself in this year of the pandemic, with an all-star lineup and an exciting output of live concert recordings, according to director Oliver Wille. We hear violinist Bomsori Kim perform with pianist Thomas Hoppe, and the trio of clarinetist Sabine Meyer, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and pianist William Youn.

7/14      Rolandseck Festival  Elena Bashkirova, daughter of the legendary piano teacher Dmitri Baschkirov and wife of the conductor Daniel Barenboim, is always surrounded by young musicians, including students at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin - and she brought some of them along to the Rolandseck Festival. We’ll hear Elena Bashkirova, p; Eldbjorg Hemsing, v; Yamen Saadi, v; Sara Ferrández, vla; Oren Shevlin, c; Robert Gronschild, db bs.

7/21      Early Music in Knechtsteden (Pt 1) From Radio Deutschlandfunk's broadcast headquarters hall, it's an evening of salon music, straight through the microphones and transmitters to your own salon, or living room. We'll hear music for piano four hands by Felix Mendelssohn as well as his Song without Words. We'll also enjoy a quartet of singers perform a selection from Robert Schumann's Spanish Love Songs, Mendelssohn's Songs based on texts by Heinrich Heine and Brahms' New Love Songs.

7/28      Early Music in Knechtsteden (Pt 2) From the very earthly, wild dance of the folia, a European-wide craze, to the ethereal, transcendental and unearthly sounds of Gregorian chant, this early music festival fills a medieval basilica with its diverse sounds. We'll hear music by Falconieri, Merula, Corelli, Handel, C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi.