The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: All Rachmaninoff! April 6, 1 PM

Apr 4, 2014

Join us for an all-Rachmaninoff program this Sunday at 1 pm, on the radio at 90.1 FM and around the world at The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff’s choral-symphonic setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poem, The Bells, which received its U.S. premiere here in Philadelphia in 1920 with Leopold Stokowski conducting. Between each of the four movements of this magnificent choral symphony, Poe’s original text will be dramatically recited in English by actor Sherman Howard, to capture the full essence of the words and music together. Tenor Viktor Antipenko, who stepped in on very short notice, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under guest conductor Vladimir Jurowski will join the Philadelphia Orchestra in this powerful work.

In the first part of Sunday's concert broadcast, we'll be treated to a performance of Rachmaninoff's ever-popular Vocalise, for Orchestra, and three works for voice, two from opera: Francesca's aria from Francesca da Rimini, sung by Tatiana Monogarova, and the Cavatina from Aleko, sung richly by Sergei Leiferkus. Ms. Monagarova will also sing one of Rachmaninoff's many songs, How Fair This Spot, from Op. 21.

A special treat will be a performance of Rachmaninoff's brittle and sarcastic Piano Concerto No. 4, by the young Russian pianist making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, Alexey Zuev.

WRTI's Susan Lewis will speak with Maestro Jurowski during intermission, and WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with the Orchestra's longtime violinist Herb Light. A lush and luxurious two-hour treat it will be, so don't miss it! Sunday, April 6, 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

PROGRAM: All Rachmaninoff

Vocalise for Orchestra
“O, ne riday, moy Paolo, ne nado…” from Francesca da Rimini
Cavatina from Aleko
"How Fair This Spot," Op. 21 No. 7
Piano Concerto No. 4
The Bells, for Chorus, Orchestra, and Tenor Soloist

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Alexey Zuev, pianist

Tatiana Monogarova, soprano

Sergei Leiferkus, baritone

Viktor Antipenko, tenor

Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director