The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that next season will include more new works as well as lesser- performed gems from music history. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the orchestra’s music director is building on the success of - and audience response to - his first two seasons.
Concert pianist Stephen Hough also composes, writes articles for an online publication, and likes to paint. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the internationally renowned soloist continues to find fresh inspiration in the great masterworks.
Stephen Hough is soloist on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast - Sunday March 2, at 1 pm. Tune in to hear Hough play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Philadelphians.
Musicians are, understandably, very particular about the instruments they play. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a principal player in the Philadelphia Orchestra was so interested in refining his instrument, he wound up creating a whole line of clarinets.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin has been known to conduct the St. Matthew Passion and La Traviata - on the same day. But he recently returned from a two-month work hiatus brought on by illness. Now, as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, Yannick is learning how to pace himself, but not from his predecessor at the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Yannick speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about the program.
Sunday, February 23rd at 2 pm, Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra LIVE from Verizon Hall on WRTI, 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 is graciously filling in for cellist Truls Mork. Mork has withdrawn from his appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra on February 20 - 23 because of a skiing accident. (He is expected to make a full recovery!) Moser will perform this fiendish concerto, which, like the 10th and 11th symphonies heard elsewhere in the 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, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphians on Friday night.
This Sunday at 1 pm, it's a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert archival broadcast celebrating the legacy of the Orchestra’s late conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mork.
In this concert, recorded in 2002 at Verizon Hall, Mork will play the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor. Also on the program, the Manfred Overture, and the Symphony No. 4 – all Schumann, and conducted by Maestro Sawallisch in memorable performances just a few years before his last appearance with the Philadelphians.
Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss had long and fruitful relationships with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachmaninoff’s began in 1909 with his first appearance in this country at the Academy of Music. He would go on to write pieces specifically for the Orchestra, and collaborated in landmark recordings, including his Piano Concerto No.3 that opens this Sunday's broadcast, from a concert this past November.
Join us on Sunday, July 27th at 1 pm for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast of a Verizon Hall performance first heard last December, and offering two delightful pieces by Tchaikovsky that feature Concertmaster David Kim as soloist: the Serenade Melancholique, and Valse-Scherzo - both personally meaningful works to Mr. Kim, who was the only American awarded a prize at the 1986 quadrennial Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Listen today at 90.1 FM, or online here, as we celebrate our very own Fabulous Philadelphians with 12 hours of their finest performances conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, as well as legacy recordings of legendary conductors including Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Eugene Ormandy. Some of your favorite orchestra musicians will say hello!
A symphonic self portrait that premiered in 1830 has become one of the most-performed works in the orchestral repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis discusses this epitome of romantic program music with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.