This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a delightful Philadelphia Orchestra program from this past 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.
Yannick Nezet-SeguinÂ conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bachâ€™s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 â€“ the St. Matthew Passion.
Tune in on Thursday, April 17th during the 1 pm hour for a very special 90th birthday tribute to a very special musician and composer. Marcel Farago, longtime cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1955 to 1994) composed In Memoriam in 1989, dedicated to his wife Adele who died in 1988. Ricardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in the same year. Join us to hear Marcel Farago's In Memoriam as we celebrate his 90th.
In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.
Over the past decade or so, it has become increasingly difficult for overseas musicians without well-established reputations in the U.S. to get permission to travel here for work. However, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, when a powerhouse such as The Philadelphia Orchestra wants a particular soloist, they usually get their man, or woman.
Join us for an all-Rachmaninoff program this Sunday at 1 pm, on the radio at 90.1 FM and around the world at wrti.org. The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoffâ€™sÂ choral-symphonic setting of Edgar Allan Poeâ€™s haunting poem, The Bells,Â which received its U.S. premiere here in Philadelphia in 1920 with Leopold Stokowski conducting.
This Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 FM, led by Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, brings us two works by J.S.Â Bach, performed at Verizon Hall this past February, thatÂ give us a taste of theÂ Baroque equivalents of the symphony and the concerto - the Orchestral Suite No. 2,Â and theÂ Keyboard Concerto No. 1,Â more modest in size, but no lessÂ ambitious in vision.
This week marks the birth of the celebrated 20th-century Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, one of his recordings with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra motivated one of todayâ€™s leading concert soloists, Johannes Moser, to pursue his career.Â
J.S. Bachâ€™s 329th birthday is Monday, March 31st. In recent years, the iconic composerâ€™s music has been embraced by period performers, and played less frequently by big symphony orchestras. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra takes a very modern - yet historical - approach to his music in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, March 30th at 1 pm.
The broadcast also features Bachâ€™s Piano Concerto No. 1, and music of Strauss and Mahler.