Conductor Donald Runnicles will be back here in Philadelphia next week to conduct the Orchestra in works by Benjamin Britten, Arvo Part, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We’ll look ahead to those performances by looking back this coming Sunday at 1 pm, as we bring you an archival broadcast from a concert in February of 2005, which saw Maestro Runnicles on the podium conducting the Orchestra in the year he made his debut with the Philadelphians, directing works by Beethoven and Elgar.
Born in 1987, and now in his 20s, he's been called, "...the finest pianist of his generation," by the UK Telegraph, who also commented that, ..."[he] shows that he's set to be one of this century's big names." He's Igor Levit. And his latest CD of the last five piano sonatas of Ludwig von Beethoven has been creating quite a stir.
Ludwig van Beethoven, born in 1770, continues to be explored and rediscovered. As Susan Lewis reports, on WRTI’s concert broadcast on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, The Philadelphia Orchestra will play a rarely heard overture from 1811, and Beethoven’s 8th symphony, composed the following year. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts.
Pianist Yefim Bronfman speaks with Susan Lewis about the genius of Beethoven.
A celebrated pianist continues to explore the genius of Beethoven’s piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the fourth concerto remains one of the most intriguing masterpieces in the piano repertoire.
Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman this Sunday afternoon, November 24 when WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast features Bronfman playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s 11th symphony. Semyon Byshkov conducts.
Beethoven and Shostakovich grew up in different countries in different centuries. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a renowned Russian conductor, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra on this week’s concert broadcast, finds a great affinity between the two musical giants.
Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, on WRTI, Semyon Byshkov leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony and Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Susan will interview Maestro Semyon Byshkov at Intermission about Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.
This Sunday on WRTI, the new season of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts launches with one of music's most iconic works. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, Beethoven’s final symphony, completed almost two centuries ago, is still one of the most well-regarded and often-performed works.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a two-year cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, although known to generations of music lovers, these great works continue to provide insights into Western musical heritage.
Listen to more of Susan’s interview with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin during Intermission on Sunday, November 10th, when WRTI broadcasts the Orchestra's first subscription concert of the season at 1 pm, featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.
On Sunday, November 10th, at 1 pm, we begin a new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts with the 2013-2014 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring Beethoven's awe-inspiring Ninth Symphony. With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s revolutionary works, its famous “Ode to Joy” serving as a message of hope for all mankind. Showcasing the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, this performance launches a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.
The Choir will also appear in Beethoven’s rarely heard setting of Goethe’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, as well as the world premiere of the young American composer Nico Muhly’s newly orchestrated Bright Mass with Canons for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.
During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Yannick about the program, and the new season, and Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor Chrisistian Elsner and bass-baritone Shenyang, both of whom play very important roles in this concert.
Not to be missed! Be with us on Sunday, November 10th, for the new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.