Saturday Classics

Saturday, 6 to 11 am

Wake up to a great variety of classical music every Saturday morning with host Rolf Charlston. You'll hear works ranging from Baroque to contemporary--from a gentle waltz to a bright tango--from old favorites to something new.

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Coming Up On Crossover, October 4, 11:30 AM
11:44 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

A Love Duet: Tenor Stephen Costello and Soprano Ailyn Perez

Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello met as students at AVA.

First they were students at AVA. During their studies, they were companions. Eventually they performed together on stage.  Then came love, and later, the altar. All because of opera. And we can say, "We knew them when."

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Opera on WRTI
4:45 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, Oct. 4, 1 PM

Soprano Nicole Cabell sings Violetta and tenor Saimir Purgu sings Alfredo in San Francisco Opera's LA TRAVIATA
Cory Weaver

Violetta Valéry may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her all-too-short life in Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. Saturday, October 4, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

Cast:

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Bach Old and New

On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, Oct. 4th, 5 to 6 pm. Every generation comes up with new ways to perform Johann Sebastian Bach. This tells us two things. One: Performance practice is as vital and relevant as ever. Rather than imagining forgotten professors paging through dusty tomes, we might envision performers kicking up dust with brilliant concerts of so-old-it’s-new repertoire.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:59 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: Yannick, Beethoven's EROICA, Oct. 5, 1 PM

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall in a program culminating in Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," originally intended as a grand and heroic tribute to Napoleon. Upon learning, however, that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor of all Europe, Beethoven scratched out the dedication with such vigor that he tore through the paper. This is music that succeeds in creating a new architecture for the symphonic form, and it supplied ignition for the Romantic style in music.

Also on the program, Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, which opens with a haunting rhythm clearly quoting the funeral march of Beethoven’s "Eroica." The intensity and pathos is that of a mature composer, nearing the end of his career, who has witnessed the World War II destruction of Europe, and stands in stark contrast  to compositions of the younger Strauss we've heard in earlier broadcasts this season.

Filling out the program is Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, written for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and given its U.S. premiere (and first recording) by him with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in 1959.  Our soloist is German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, a young virtuoso who will perform this fiendish concerto, which, like the 10th and 11th symphonies heard elsewhere in the 2013/2014 season, was written following the death of Stalin, and marks a return to greater creative freedom for Shostakovich.

Here's Johannes Moser performing in 2011. During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis will speak with the young cellist.

Program:
Strauss - Metamorphosen
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Johannes Moser - Cello

That's the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, October 5, 1 to 3:30 pm. Don't miss it!

You can listen to our 90.1 FM broadcast, or online here.

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Creatively Speaking
6:02 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Celebrating C.P.E. Bach: The Sentimental Rebel

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (March 8, 1714 – December 14, 1788)

J.S. Bach’s second-surviving son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), was a musical force in his own right. His fame, at least after the mid-1700s, overshadowed that of his now-legendary father. This year, six German cities with ties to C.P.E.’s musical footprint in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Leipzig, Potsdam, and Weimar are leading a celebration of the 300th anniversary of his birth.   

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Opera on WRTI
8:41 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: 1976 Archival Recording, R. Strauss' DIE FRAU OHNNE SCHATTEN, Sept. 27

Soprano Leonie Rysanek sings the Empress in R. Strauss' DIE FRAU OHNNE SCHATTEN

Presented in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, San Francisco Opera’s 1976 production of Die Frau ohne Schatten - The Woman Without a Shadow - featuring soprano Leonie Rysanek and led by distinguished conductor and noted Strauss expert Karl Böhm, airs on Saturday, September 27, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

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Crossover
8:32 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Theater Of The Mind: Winterthur's Downton Abbey Exhibition

A museum tour is not something you'd think would translate well on radio...but it always winds up being an audience favorite on Crossover. It must be the theater-of-the-mind element of the broadcast. And the subject usually relates to theater and the performing arts.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons: 'It's Not A Job — It's Life'

"The music's kind of oozing out of not just his hands, but his whole body," Boston Symphony managing director Mark Volpe says of the orchestra's new music director, Andris Nelsons.
Marco Borggreve Boston Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:23 pm

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Now Is the Time
11:56 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Dancing Loops

Two versions of the same piece encircle Now Is the Time, Saturday, September 20th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Mathew Rosenblum wrote Möbius Loop for saxophone quartet and for saxophone quartet with orchestra—we'll hear both versions, one at the beginning of the show, and one at the end. The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet leads the way, with Gil Rose's Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Electro-acoustical music of Rand Steiger is 13 Loops, with digital processing of some of the sounds accompanying the performers as they play. Paring all the way down to a single flute, however, is Whirlwinds Dancing by R. Carlos Nakai. Lisamarie McGrath solos on the Native American flute; the characteristic chiff at the beginning of the notes charm us into a circling reverie.

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An-All English Program
2:27 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on WRTI: The Planets, Sept. 21, 3 PM

Members of the Philadephia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center

Join us to hear the final concert of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 2013-14 season. Music Director Louis Scaglione conducts an all-English program that includes works by Britten, Elgar, and Holst.

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