The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
8:23 am
Sun January 26, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Helene Grimaud Plays Brahms, Jan. 26 at 1 PM

This past December, Michael Tilson Thomas, substituting on short notice for an ailing Yannick Nezet-Seguin, joined pianist  Hélène Grimaud for a Philadelphia Orchestra concert that featured the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, and the Symphonie fantastique of Hector Berlioz. The concert had been performed only days earlier at Carnegie Hall in New York, and the reviews were sensational.

Pianist Helene Grimaud talks about her relationship with the music of Brahms with WRTI's Jim Cotter.

Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 reflects the composer's effort to combine the piano with the orchestra as equal partners in a symphonic-scale structure, in emulation of the classical concertos of Mozart and Beethoven. Ms. Grimaud's performance was memorable.

Berlioz completed his revolutionary Symphonie fantastique just three years after the death of Beethoven, and used the orchestra in new and revolutionary ways to tell a semi-autobiographical story of obsessive love, hallucination, and death. More information about the symphony here...

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas talks about the "story behind the story" in Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Michael Tilson Thomas, and Jim Cotter chats with Ms. Grimaud. Not to be missed! That's this Sunday, January 26th from 1 until 3:30 pm. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano