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In the 48th Istanbul Music Festival, the emphasis is on the theme “The Enlightened World of Beethoven”, though it is much more than just a celebration of the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Originally scheduled for June 2020, the summer fest had to be cancelled. A new programme of 18 concerts has been specially filmed and painstakingly recorded at historical locations in Istanbul (and elsewhere), for a month’s streaming online. Most concerts come with a nominal TL20 fee, though some are free. The festival kicks off on September 18, and our music critic, John Shakespeare Dyson will be listening intently. For tickets and access go to online.iksv.org. Times given below are Istanbul time (GMT +3).
September 18, 2020: Recorded at the Bosphorus University Campus in Rumelihisarı, the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Aziz Shokhamikov, with the violinist Emre Engin, perform Beethoven’s Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus, op. 43; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219; Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, op. 25; and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68. (free concert, streams 8pm, Sept 18 – 8pm, Oct 18)
September 24: Wiener Akademie “Beethoven Gala” (streaming only in Turkey)\
October 3: Weekend Classics II: ‘Canto In Flow’ (11pm, free concert)
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