Gil Shaham

Four compositions, notable for their unusually imaginative explorations of distinctive sound worlds, are all featured on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, April 26 at 1 pm.

On the podium is guest conductor Robin Ticciati, principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who directs the radiant opening to Wagner's opera Lohengrin, the Prelude to Act I, depicting the gradual unveiling of the Holy Grail, attended by a host of angels.

Twentieth-century Austrian composer Alban Berg dedicated his Violin Concerto to the memory of the 18-year-old daughter of a friend. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work evokes emotion not typically associated with the 12-tone style.

Gil Shaham performs Berg's Violin Concerto on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1 pm.

J.S. Bach would turn 320 years old this month. And contemporary musicians continue to mine riches from his music. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, award-winning violinist Gil Shaham finds Bach connections in everything he plays.

Radio script:

The Strad: Great Or Just Very Good?

Sep 1, 2014

Nearly 300 years after the death of Antonio Stadivarius, the classical music world is paying up more and more millions for his violins.  And audiences attend concerts advertised more for their instruments than those playing them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns asks: should fiddles be calling the tunes?

Join us this Sunday at 2 pm for a very special treat. It's the Philadelphia Orchestra's May 24th LIVE broadcast of a concert tribute to the Orchestra’s former Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch. This was the first live Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast in 13 years, and a memorable event it was, featuring a performance by violinist Gil Shaham of the Brahms Violin Concerto. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

Alan Gilbert conducts this week's New York Philharmonic concert. Gil Shaham is guest soloist for the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber.  We'll also hear Sergei Rachmaninoff's final orchestral work, the Symphonic Dances.  The concert opens with a contemporary work by American composer Steven Stucky. Sunday, January 6th, 3 to 5 pm.

Program:
Steven Stucky: Symphony


Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14


Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

On this week's Crossover, you'll hear the story behind The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist Gil Shaham about his recording of the highly acclaimed work, which is an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.

On Sunday, April 15th from 3 to 5 pm tune in to hear works by Beethoven and Hartman, with violinist Gil Shaham (soloist) and conductor David Zinman on the podium.

 

 

PROGRAM:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Hartmann: Concerto funèbre for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

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Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist about his recording of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.

Written in 1959 by composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto premiered in the same year featuring renowned violinist Yu Lina. Although instantly popular, the concerto was banned by the Communist regime during the Cultural Revolution and the composers were jailed.