Week Two of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Paris Festival on WRTI offers a different aspect to a program featuring music-making in the City of Light: non-French composers who moved to Paris, and decided to stay.
This Sunday, March 12th, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie to the stage of Verizon Hall for a performance of a work that Frédéric Chopin composed while still living in Poland, his Piano Concerto No. 1.
Chopin would, of course, move to Paris, at age 21, to make a home and build a career, and attract critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. The Concerto No. 1 in E minor became his musical calling card, first in his native land, then in Vienna, Germany, and finally in his new home, Paris.
It would be some eighty years later that Igor Stravinsky would likewise move to the French capital, from St. Petersburg, Russia. The folklore traditions of his native land, and the influence of French Impressionism would have a powerful influence on Stravinsky, who created the music for three great ballets for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, one of which we’ll hear on Sunday’s concert broadcast—Petrushka, about a puppet character who comes to life, with some complicated consequences!
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this concert of masterpieces composed by a Pole and a Russian, who settled and worked in 19th-century Paris, and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and pianist Louis Lortie.
During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks with the eminent pianist after his performance of the Chopin, and Susan Lewis has a talk with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger about the many challenges he faces in Stravinsky’s Petrushka.
That’s this Sunday, March 12th, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, and repeated on Monday, Marh 13 at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org. Don’t miss it!
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Louis Lortie, piano
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on our new mobile app! NEW: rebroadcast of Sunday’s concert Monday at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!