Nike Wagner, the great granddaughter of Richard Wagner, became the new director of the Beethoven Festival in Bonn this year. Before that, the 68-year-old spent 10 years heading up the Weimar Art Festival. This month we'll hear programs from those festivals.
5/6 Art Festival In Weimar Mozart: Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola Hindemith: Viola Sonata Ustvolskaja: Piano Sonata No. 5 Widmann: Fantasy for Solo Clarinet Schumann: Fairy Tale Pictures for Piano and Viola Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinets and Piano Beethoven: Excerpt from Diabelli Variations (Tabea Zimmermann, vla; Mario Formenti, p; Markus Hinterhäuser, p; Caroline Widmann, v; Jörg Widmann, cl; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, p; András Schiff, p)
5/13 Beethovenfest Bonn, 4 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1 R. Strauss: Metamorphoses: Study for 23 Strings J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 Schönberg: Transfigured Nights for Strings (Julia Fischer, v; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Julia Fischer, cond)
5/20 Early Music Days In Herne Various: Music from Pannonia from the 15th to the 17th centuries from Hungarian, Slovakian and Rumanian sources (Balász Szokolay Dongó, bagpipe, flute and other instruments; Mátyás Bolya, dulcimer) Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Janusz Olejniczak, p; Ellenai Quartet) Zelenka: Excerpt from St. Wenceslas Melodrama (Céline Scheen, s; Terry Wey, a; Krystian Adam, t; Tobias Berndt, bs; Collegium 1704; Václav Luks, cond)
5/27 Beethovenfest Bonn, 5 Beethoven: Prometheus Overture Penderecki: Resurrection, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 Shostakovich: Allegro molto from Chamber Symphony in c (Rudolf Buchbinder, p; Sinfonia Varsovia; Krzysztof Penderecki, cond)