Yannick and The Fabulous Philadelphians
9:44 am
Sat March 2, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert: Wagner and Bruckner on March 3rd, 2 to 4 pm

Join us this Sunday as Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a recorded program from late January at Verizon Hall that features two composers who were not only contemporaries, but who actually met during the premiere of Tristan und Isolde in 1865, Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner.

Wagner's tender Siegfried Idyll, a gift to his beloved Cosima on her 33rd birthday, a work of delicate beauty, is paired with the towering Symphony No. 7 of Anton Bruckner, a work that gave Bruckner the greatest popular and critical success of his lifetime. The brasses and strings of the glorious Philadelphia Orchestra will certainly get a workout in this performance, which will utilize the 1954 revision of Leopold Nowak - reinstating the controversial cymbal crash at the end of the Adagio movement, about which Bruckner had expressed some early ambivalence.

The Orchestra lost a very important figure in its august history last week - Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch, music director of the Philadelphians from 1993 - 2003. WRTI's Susan Lewis will pay tribute to Maestro Sawallasch during intermission, and we'll also hear Yannick Nezet-Seguin speaking with Jim Cotter about the twisting path that led Yannick to his appreciation of Bruckner's music. The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, Sunday, March 3rd, 2 to 4 pm on WRTI. Listen on the air and on our all-classical web stream at wrti.org

More information, including program notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra's website

WAGNER:  Siegfried Idyll
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E major
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam—
Moderato—Tempo I—Moderato—Tempo I
III. Scherzo: Sehr schnell—Trio: Etwas
langsamer—Scherzo da capo
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell