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New conductor Robin Ticciati at the Berlin Music Festival, Deutsched Welle Festival, September 2021

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Conductor Robin Ticciati

Soft-spoken, 34-year old British conductor Robin Ticciati is the new chief conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, with plans to shake up his new orchestra. Richard Morrison, reporter for The Times asked Ticciati what he likes doing when he's not rehearsing, performing or studying music. He replied: "I listen to my breath and try to find stillness." We'll hear his presentation at the Berlin Music Festival on Wednesday Sep 29 at 8:00pm.

9/1       Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, part three Carl Nielsen wrote symphonies, concertos, chamber music, sacred music, two operas, Christmas songs, love songs and songs about nature set to texts by famous Nordic poets and songs inspired by the countryside and sounds of his childhood.  Nielsen expert Bo Holt says "These songs go straight to the heart, and they're in the bloodstream of every Danish person." Danish ensembles will salute the composer in this all-Nielsen broadcast, which also includes a wind quintet and a setting of his Symphony No. 3 for piano-four-hands.

9/8       Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, part four  We're taking you on a musical excursion to early 20th century Scandinavia with two early pieces by Nielsen, Intimate Voices and Intimate Miniatures by Sibelius and Larsson. Carrying us there on strings are two ensembles from Denmark, Concerto Copenhagen and the Nordic String Quartet.

9/15 (9:00p)  Borodin Quartet  Going through our archive, we couldn't overlook a visit by one of the world's great string quartets at the Beethovenfest in Bonn in 2012, '13 and '14, when the Borodin Quartet from Russia performed the complete quartets of two great masters of the genre: Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitry Shostakovich.

9/22      Tensions in Berlin, part two  The magical sound of Sharon Kam's clarinet. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and a piece he's been working on for forty years and still finds astonishing. Violinist Antje Haas and Beethoven's crisis management. They're all friends of Lars – Lars Vogt, director of "Tensions." We were so invigorated by a performance from their erstwhile location in Berlin that we decided to go back for more.

9/29      Ticciati at the Berlin Music Festival   "A true British gentleman with a heart, an unambiguous stance and much passion for music" is how the German press describes Robin Ticciati, the 38-year-old new principal of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. We'll hear what they were up to at the Berlin Music Festival in September 2020, between shutdowns. A program of three British gentleman composers from different eras with a Russian sandwiched in, and a remarkable concerto by Bartok – as if they weren't all remarkable!