Deutsche Welle presents Beethoven in digital concert hall

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- All nine symphonies with the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen available as video live stream
- Music documentary "The Beethoven Project" on DW-TV

Friends and fans of classical music the world over can experience all nine Beethoven symphonies at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn this September via Deutsche Welle video live stream.

DW Director-General Erik Bettermann: "This is the first time that the entire cycle of symphonies is being presented live in a digital concert hall. Germany's international broadcasting service is giving people from Shanghai to Moscow and Cape Town the opportunity to experience an extraordinary concert event in the birthplace of Beethoven."

Available at www.dw-world.de/beethoven, Deutsche Welle is broadcasting the concerts by the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen under conductor Paavo Järvi from September 9-12, 2009. Excerpts from the concerts will also be available afterward as podcasts.

In addition, the four concerts with the nine Beethoven symphonies will be shown live at selected cinemas across Europe in cooperation with a partner media company. Moviegoers in Germany, Belgium, France, Iceland, Spain and the Czech Republic can watch the concerts live via satellite in HD quality.

As the select media partner, Deutsche Welle once again is turning Bonn's Beethoven Festival into a global event - via radio and the Internet in German and other languages, and on television in German, English and Spanish. Since the autumn of 2008, more than 600,000 music lovers from around the world have logged onto Beethoven Festival music at www.dw-world.de/beethoven.

Music documentary "The Beethoven Project" from DW-TV

Live transmissions of these symphonies are an integral part of a concept for new, large Deutsche Welle music productions in the high definition television standard (HDTV) called "The Beethoven Project". The 90-minute documentary by the same name, produced under the auspices of DW-TV, features Paavo Järi and the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen. The film is a narrative about the vision of an orchestra, providing an inside view of the life of a "musical organism" and accompanied by live recordings played at Bonn's Beethoven Concert Hall.

The nine Beethoven symphonies are being recorded on DVD during the live broadcast and will be prepared for worldwide TV marketing and release. "The Beethoven Project" will be broadcast worldwide on DW-TV in 2010 in German, English, Spanish and Arabic language versions. In Germany, the music documentary and all live concert recordings will be shown on Premiere CLASSICA, the digital television channel for classical music.

"The Beethoven Project" is a co-production of UNITEL CLASSICA in cooperation with the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen and the Beethoven Festival Bonn.

"The Beethoven Project" is a continuation of Deutsche Welle's prize-winning series of music productions for television. In 2007, DW-TV presented the series "Monuments of Classical Music" with Kent Nagano and the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin (DVD "arthaus" available from dw-world.de/store). The production, "The Promise of Music", a documentary of Gustavo Dudamel, was released in 2009, along with "The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela" (DVD "Deutsche Grammophon", available from dw-world.de/store).

For Saturday, September 12, 2009, Deutsche Welle and the Beethoven Festival invite music lovers to attend a public viewing on Bonn's Market Square of Beethoven's eight and ninth symphonies performed by the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen. The concert is sponsored by Deutsche Post/DHL and retailers in Bonn's city center. Some 4,000 Beethoven fans attended last year's event.

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