Classical Weekdays http://wrti.org en How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved http://wrti.org/post/how-russian-born-philadelphian-helped-give-new-life-song-van-cliburn-loved <p></p><p>When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.</p><p><strong>The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/V5tUQimjTq0</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 7490 at http://wrti.org How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/la-opera-wrti-bizets-carmen-july-19-1-pm <p><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/activity;src=1379696;dcnet=4155;boom=79571;sz=1x1;ord=4?" width="1" />No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms. But when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, <strong><em>Carmen </em></strong>is one of the world’s most popular operas. Georges Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another - a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Placido Domingo conducts. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:25:38 +0000 WRTI Staff 7495 at http://wrti.org LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014 http://wrti.org/post/legendary-man-music-lorin-varencove-maazel-1930-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maestro </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Lorin Maazel&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">passed away last Sunday at the age of 84. &nbsp;This legendary man of music devoted over 75 years to his craft. To him, music was a bridge-builder - a way to bring peace to the world and its people. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:43:25 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7502 at http://wrti.org Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014 Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/mahlers-4th-symphony-philadelphians-concert-wrti-july-20-1-pm <p>You won't want to miss the optimism and sunshine of <strong>Gustav Mahler</strong>’s Symphony No. 4, drawing much of its balance and influence from the Classical era, this <strong>Sunday, July 20th at 1 pm.</strong> It's the&nbsp;Philadelphians in a performance from October in Verizon Hall, a re-broadcast from November, 2013.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:49:22 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6668 at http://wrti.org Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM How a Mentor Inspired A Life In Music: Blanche Burton-Lyles Keeps Marian Anderson’s Memory Alive http://wrti.org/post/how-mentor-inspired-life-music-blanche-burton-lyles-keeps-marian-anderson-s-memory-alive <p></p><p>A classical pianist considered Marian Anderson’s protégé was the beneficiary of the opera star’s generous encouragement and wisdom.&nbsp; As a child, <strong>Blanche Burton-Lyles</strong> lived in South Philadelphia near the home that <strong>Marian Anderson</strong> called her "dream home."&nbsp; Anderson knew Blanche’s parents, and would invite the young prodigy to her home to play the living-room piano. It was a life-long relationship. And even in her later years, Burton-Lyles and Anderson kept up through letters after Anderson moved to the West Coast.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:25:09 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7481 at http://wrti.org How a Mentor Inspired A Life In Music: Blanche Burton-Lyles Keeps Marian Anderson’s Memory Alive Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch http://wrti.org/post/star-soprano-diana-damrau-scratches-itch <p>Soprano Diana Damrau usually sticks with her forte of mainstream opera. Indeed, she's made her name&nbsp;in such demanding roles as Mozart's Queen of the Night, Strauss' Zerbinetta, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi's Violetta. But not long ago, she had this itch that needed scratching. And scratch she did, to excellent result.</p><p>http://youtu.be/cGeHCvPDVMc</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:23:13 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7230 at http://wrti.org Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies http://wrti.org/post/conductor-lorin-maazel-who-brought-america-podium-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esL_i0nFBaA</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:01:07 +0000 NPR Music 7488 at http://wrti.org Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades http://wrti.org/post/american-pianist-who-rocked-russia-decades <p></p><p>Saturday, July 12, 2014 would have been the 80th birthday of celebrated American pianist <strong>Van Cliburn,&nbsp; </strong>who died in 2013. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 1958 win in the Soviet Union’s first International Tchaikovsky Competition was a welcome sign of warmth in the midst of Cold War tensions.</p><p>http://youtu.be/d4Z1e6HWV3Y</p><p>Watch Van Cliburn play Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 in 1958 in Moscow:</p><p>http://youtu.be/apNTq-Tgf4w</p><p>Video of Van Cliburn playing the first movement from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Moscow in 1962:</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:24:24 +0000 Susan Lewis 7464 at http://wrti.org The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades Yannick Conducts His Alma Mater Choir...and The Philadelphia Orchestra! http://wrti.org/post/yannick-conducts-his-alma-mater-choirand-philadelphia-orchestra <p></p><p><strong>Westminster Choir College</strong> at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey is an epicenter for excellence in choral music. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, one of Westminster’s choirs can be heard on WRTI on Sunday, July 13 at 1 pm, conducted by a now very well-known alum of the school.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:05:38 +0000 Jim Cotter 7470 at http://wrti.org Yannick Conducts His Alma Mater Choir...and The Philadelphia Orchestra! The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress http://wrti.org/post/musical-treasure-trove-library-congress <p>A manuscript of a J.S. Bach cantata casts a new light on how Bach intended the piece to be played. A singer gains insight from a line in a <em>Porgy and Bess </em>manuscript that differs from the final lyrics. The Music Division of the massive Library of Congress in Washington, DC,&nbsp; is a place where performers, composers,&nbsp;scholars&nbsp;and the general public make discoveries of the musical kind.</p><p>Case in point: in a series of letters written in 1957 to his wife Felicia, while she was visiting her family in Santiago, Chile, <a href="http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/bernstein/" target="_blank"><strong>Leonard Bernstein </strong></a>faithfully chronicles the progress of <em>West Side Story </em>during the final weeks of rehearsal through the show’s out-of-town opening in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; The letters reveal Bernstein’s changing emotions about the show from frustration and agony to his final state of euphoria.&nbsp; In addition to comments about <em>West Side Story</em>, Bernstein writes about signing his contract as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, his upcoming thirty-ninth birthday, and how much he misses Felicia and their children, Jamie and Alexander. <a href="http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/westsidestory/westsidestory-bernstein.html" target="_blank"><strong>Read the letters here.</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/guide/spcmus.html" target="_blank"><strong>The Special Collections of the Music Division </strong></a>are truly fascinating and constitute a resource for musical scholarship that is unmatched anywhere in the world. These unique bodies of materials are extraordinarily vast and diverse, yet very much interrelated. They include some of the greatest treasures of the Music Division and the Library of Congress.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6234 at http://wrti.org The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress