As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season in September 2014, the ensemble will have a new assistant conductor on board. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the Hong Kong-trained musician has garnered international acclaim this summer.
This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a delightful re-broadcast of a Philadelphia Orchestra program from last November at Verizon Hall, which begins with Vivaldiâ€™s famous four violin concerti known as "The Four Seasons," as vivid today as they were nearly 300 years ago. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola joins Richard Egarr, two of the foremost early-music specialists in the world today, for performances of these works.
On Sunday August 24, 2014, WRTI broadcasts aÂ Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring a Haydn symphony that was first played in 1794. WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis talked with the orchestraâ€™s principal trumpet about using modern instruments to produce a more 18th-century sound. The program also includes Vivaldiâ€™s Four Seasons and Purcellâ€™s Suite No. 1 from The Fairy-Queen.
Classical music icon ItzhakÂ Perlman is conductor and violin soloist in this live recorded concert from late November, 2013 at the Kimmel Center. Listen as Mr. Perlman leads the Philadelphia Orchestra and plays Beethovenâ€™s Romance No. 1 and 2 for violin and orchestra.
Also on the program is the exquisite Philadelphia Orchestra string section playing Dvorakâ€™s lyrical and sparkling Serenade for Strings, Beethovenâ€™s Symphony No. 2, and the BrahmsÂ Academic Festival Overture.
One of classical musicâ€™s superstars plays all over the world, appears on large and small screens, makes multiple recordings, andÂ also conducts. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, Itzhak Perlman is passionate aboutÂ passing onÂ music in the classroom as well.Â
Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss had long and fruitful relationships with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachmaninoffâ€™sÂ began inÂ 1909 with his first appearance in this country at the Academy of Music. He would go on to write pieces specificallyÂ for the Orchestra, and collaborated in landmark recordings,Â including his Piano Concerto No. 3 that opens this Sunday'sÂ broadcast, from a concert in November, 2013.
This Sundayâ€™s Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast features what would turn out to be the final engagement with the ensemble for a great Spanish conductor - the late Rafael FrĂĽhbeck de Burgos.
The program of French music he conducted, included a lesser-performed work; a Spanish-inspired symphony showcasing a highly regarded German violinist in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.
In the 1870s, Tchaikovsky composed such large scale works as Swan Lake, Symphonies 2, 3, and 4, and Variations on a Rococo Theme. But, as WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, in the same years, he was also writing short orchestral pieces with emotional power and technical virtuosity.Â She discusses two of these pieces, MelancoliqueÂ andÂ Valse-Scherzo, with Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster, David Kim. Â