Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, despite being misunderstood and under-appreciated for years, has earned a place of its own in the chamber music repertoire. Originally the final movement of his Op. 130 String Quartet in B-flat, Beethoven wrote another finale for that quartet, and published the Great Fugue separately, at least in part because of the enormous demands the work placed on performers.
WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, December 1st at 1 pm brings you a Verizon Hall concert from mid October, that saw the return to the podium of perennial audience favorite Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who made his Philadelphia Orchestra (and United States) debut in 1969. The Maestro kicks off a two-week residency, the second week of which includes his 150th performance with the Orchestra here in Philadelphia.
It's Richard Wagner's transcendent and tragic masterpiece, Tristan und Isolde on WRTI this Saturday at 1 pm. The two lovers will be sung by Canadian tenor Ben Heppner and Swedish soprano Nina Stemme. Patrick Summers conducts.
A new work by Curtis Institute Faculty Composer Eric Sessler debuted recently in Baltimore to popular and critical acclaim. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, it will next be performed in Philadelphia by four Curtis alums.
Music lives in Ocean Grove, NJ. Where else could you come in from the beach and hear an organ recital during the day, and opera arias at night? No wonder Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium, with its soaring ceiling and electrified American flag, has iconic status. Yet the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns saw lingering Hurricane Sandy damage that's still being repaired and without any help from FEMA.
Ludwig van Beethoven, born in 1770, continues to be explored and rediscovered. As Susan Lewis reports, on WRTI’s concert broadcast on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, The Philadelphia Orchestra will play a rarely heard overture from 1811, and Beethoven’s 8th symphony, composed the following year. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts.
A young French pianist performing a work by a beloved composer is featured this Sunday on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. Jim Cotter reports on the artistic affections for a great 19th-century romantic by one of his finest contemporary interpreters.
A musician’s understanding of his artistry often deepens over time. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston gets a perspective from a jazz man who’s performed for over a half century. Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Odell has been called one of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets. And even though he wasn’t born here, local jazz buffs proudly claim him as their own. Now in his '80s, Odell bought himself a guitar and an instruction book when he was 19. Looking back he says it’s not an easy instrument to master.