June 11, 2018. If you attended The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performances of Bernstein’s Mass three years ago you get another chance to hear (and own) this magnum opus. It's captured on Mass—The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a new release from Deutsche Grammophon.

New York's Village Vanguard may come closer than any other club to embodying the spirit of jazz. For nearly 30 years, the guardian of that spirit has been the Vanguard's formidable impresaria, Lorraine Gordon. Gordon, a jazz champion since her teen years and one of the music's female pioneers, died Saturday at the age of 95.

Saint-Saëns' fifth and last piano concerto reflects his long career as a musician, composer and avid traveler.   WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the concerto, nicknamed "The Egyptian."

Many WRTI listeners tell us that their fathers introduced them to the joys of music. My own dad, a terrific amateur tenor, did the same for me. He played opera full blast on our home stereo speakers at 6 am to wake us kids, and listened to me practice the piano when I was little.

David Patrick Stearns


TEL AVIV. Israelis aren’t known for ovations at orchestra concerts. Rhythmic clapping is usually as close as audiences come, and the Philadelphia Orchestra received that plus an extremely rare standing ovation at Charles Bronfman Auditorium following Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 on Monday, June 4th.

Andrew Eccles

Jean-Yves Thibaudet has made a name for himself on the global classical music scene as a concert pianist with artistry and flare. He’ll be adding that panache to upcoming performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety," in Hamburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem when he travels with the Philadelphia Orchestra on its tour of Europe and Israel.

June 4, 2018. It’s been quite a few years since a noteworthy jazz release included narration and movements to tell a historical story. The last one I can remember was Irvin Mayfield’s 2004 album Strange Fruit. Now, pianist and composer, and Temple University professor, Elio Villafranca has stepped up to the plate and released Cinque—the culmination of years of composing and traveling. 

June 4, 2018. Here’s an unusual pairing: Piano works by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach, played by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, with performances by the Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry.  Dinnerstein’s new release Circles is a circuit of virtuosity.

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July 16, 2018. Lynne Arriale has a special relationship with the piano.  It’s apparent as soon as you hear a few bars of her playing on Give Us These Days. Double bassist Jasper Somsen and drummer Jasper van Hulton add the magic that makes this album distinct.

Jennifer Higdon’s concerto, On a Wire, was inspired by images of birds, as well as the innovative versatility of the musicians of Eighth Blackbird, the contemporary soloist ensemble. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

July 9, 2018. Violinist Ray Chen is a local luminary who is lighting up classical music worldwide.  He’s appeared with orchestras across the U.S. and throughout Europe, and began recording with Sony Classics in 2010. Now 29, he has an engaging new CD, his first with Decca Classics—The Golden Age—which we are celebrating as Album of the Week.

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