17th Century German poet Heinrich Albert had a hut covered in squash foliage in his garden. It became a hub for German literature of the time, as poets would gather under its roof to discuss ideas about art and music, sometimes even using the squash as an artistic medium. Albert himself and many other composers transformed the poems written in this squash hut into music. We feature this music on Deutsche Welle (2/17).
2/3 International Classical Music Awards Bizet : Arlesienne Suite No. 1 Brahms: Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra Weber: Bassoon concerto Sarasate : Carmen-Fantasie Grieg: Piano concerto Chopin: Barcarolle Schubert: Impromptu No. 1 Schumann: Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) Saint-Saëns: Piano concerto No. 2 Sibelius: Valse triste (Chouchane Siranossian, v; Christoph Heesch, c; Matko Smolcic, bn; Stephen Waarts, v; Tabea Zimmermann, vla; Javier Perianes, Nelson Freire, Dénes Várjon and Eva Gevorgyan, p; Lucerne Symphony Orchestra; Lawrence Foster, cond)
2/10 Beethovenfest in Bonn Beethoven: Violin concerto, Symphony No. 7 Poppe: Violin concerto (world premiere) (Carolin Widmann, v; NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra; Alan Gilbert, cond)
2/17 The Squash Hut Selected songs by Samuel Scheidt, Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hildebrand, Heinrich Albert, Johann Bach, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Johann Nauwach, Johann Hermann Schein and Michael Jacobi (Dorothee Mields, s; Hathor Consort Romina Lischka, conductor
2/24 Night Music Nighttime, the time of dreams and fantasies, has always inspired music, notably Antonio Vivaldi, who's the centerpiece of this concert at the Beethovenfest designed by recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger. Revolving around Vivaldi is a colorful kaleidoscope of nighttime pieces from various European countries that tell stories of cradle songs, ghosts, birds of the night and the holiest of all nights.