The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast for Sunday, December 31st brings us music by two composers born almost 150 years apart, and both of whose music expresses profound religious faith.
Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Bruckner both found powerful ways for expressing that faith in works that were not overtly religious, despite Bach’s Lutheranism and Bruckner’s Catholicism.
Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2, one such work, will be performed by Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim.
Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8, which follows intermission, wasn’t even begun by the Austrian until he was 60 years of age, and it was to be his last complete symphony. It is one of Bruckner’s greatest masterpieces, a veritable gothic cathedral of sound.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
Two of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s star musicians, Concertmaster David Kim, and Principal Horn Jennifer Montone, have major roles to play in these works, and WRTI’s Susan Lewis and Debra Lew Harder spoke backstage for this concert with both of these celebrated musicians.
Not to be missed, it’s Bach and Bruckner, Sunday, December 31st, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1, the WRTI Mobile App, and streaming worldwide at wrti.org!
Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2, BWV 1042
David Kim, violin
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
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