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Music

New Year's gala at the Foreign Ministry

Beginning with a fanfare for winds and a Beethoven tune and ending with some swing, the concert ushered in the start of the year with a festive florish.

The German Foreign Ministry, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (DSO) and DW collaborated on the event to ring in the New Year. Prominent guests included Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who thanked DW Director General Erik Bettermann for Deutsche Welle's exceptional efforts on behalf of culture and the exchange of knowledge.

DW General Director Erik Bettermann and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Photo: Matthias Müller (DW)

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (left) and DW Director General Erik Bettermann

The program started off with Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" in a brief setting for winds, and continued with a fanfare-like passage from Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo." Composer Richard Wagner was saluted to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. The 50th anniversary of the German-French Friendship Treaty received symbolic musical expression in pieces by French composers Debussy, Ravel and Saint-Saens. Jazzy wind arrangements of spirituals penned by Argentine composer Enrique Crespo wrapped up the evening.

Click on the links below for the music selections, performed by ...

... selected musicians of the DSO:
Gergely Bodoky, flute
Viola Wilmsen, oboe
Selina Lohmüller and Gabriele Kögel, clarinets
Jörg Petersen, bassoon
Ozan Cakar and D. Alan Jones, horns
Falk Maertens, trumpet
Elsie Bedleem, harp
Olga Polonsky and Nikolaus Kneser, violins
Eve Wickert, viola
Leslie Riva-Ruppert, cello
Christine Felsch, double bass

... and the DSO Wind Quintet:
Falk Maertens and Raphael Mentzen, trumpets
Paolo Mendes, horn
Andreas Klein, trombone
Johannes Lipp, tuba

Recorded by Deutsche Welle (DW) in the World Hall at the Foreign Ministry, Berlin on January 8, 2013.

Also check out the latest edition of "Concert Hour," released on Friday, January 18, for the complete concert and more.

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