Early in 2010, bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones got together to record a follow-up to their 1995 (smash hit) album of spirituals and traditional music, Steal Away. They made the decision that a small handful of traditional carols, with a message of peace, would make it onto the album. The result is Come Sunday. It was recorded in February 2010, shortly before Jones' passing.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, op. 30 Vladimir Horowitz, piano The New York Philharmonic; Eugene Ormandy, conductor
It's not often that we re-discover or even newly discover treasures that are hidden in our libraries, but this one is irresistible and undeniably the most exciting recording of one of the most technically demanding works in the piano repertoire - Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto.
Founded in 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music trains exceptionally gifted young musicians from every corner of the world. WRTI's Susan Lewis profiles this influential conservatory, located on Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Philadelphia, and looks at how it's preparing students to become leaders in the high-tech 21st century.
WRTI presents the Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert with the Vienna Boys Choir, recorded earlier in the day, featuring the lively and nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and their contemporaries.
This popular annual tradition is heard in over 50 countries as the Philharmonic sends the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship, and peace. The 2012 concert is led by the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons.
If you haven't heard of The Crossing chamber choir, here's the perfect opportunity to hear their gorgeous voices on WRTI. The highly acclaimed Philadelphia-based ensemble, directed by Donald Nally, is a 24-voice professional choir dedicated to performing contemporary and recently composed vocal music. Listen to the ensemble's inaugural broadcast on WRTI - you'll hear their magnificent Christmas Daybreak concert, recorded especially for broadcast.
As fragments of an unfinished masterwork by Jean Sibelius come to light, David Patrick Stearns considers whether or not we're about to hear a new Sibelius symphony - more than half a century after the death of the great Finish composer.
Susan Lewis explores the best of times and the worst of times in the life of Charles Dickens. Celebrations of the 200th birthday of the great Victorian-era English novelist are taking place around the region and the world.