The Philadelphia Orchestra

WRTI Spotlight
7:59 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: Yannick, Beethoven's EROICA, Oct. 5, 1 PM

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall 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 will perform this fiendish concerto, which, like the 10th and 11th symphonies heard elsewhere in the 2013/2014 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.

Program:
Strauss - Metamorphosen
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Johannes Moser - Cello

That's the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, October 5, 1 to 3:30 pm. Don't miss it!

You can listen to our 90.1 FM broadcast, or online here.

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:23 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Philadelphia Orchestra New Music Micro-Festival on WRTI: Sept. 28, at 1 PM

Composer Tan Dun

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from a series of fall 2013 concerts that introduced Philadelphia audiences to three major new works commissioned by the Orchestra.

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Creatively Speaking
6:37 am
Mon September 22, 2014

The Bassoon's Lyrical Beauty

Daniel Matsukawa

Many great composers in history wrote for the bassoon. But in the last 70 years or so, the instrument has often been associated with one particular bouncy melody from a classic animated film. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a recent premiere reminds us of the bassoon’s lyrical beauty.

On Sunday September 28, 2014, on WRTI, Daniel Matsukawa and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World.

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Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

The Ney: An Ancient Flute Celebrated in a Modern Work

The flute is one of the oldest musical instruments, with its earliest versions found thousands of years ago in different cultures. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a recently composed flute concerto celebrates one of its ancient bamboo ancestors.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, on WRTI, Jeffrey Khaner and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Behzad Ranjbaran’s Flute Concerto.

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Cristian Macelaru Conducts The Philadelphians
7:16 am
Sun September 21, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: A Dazzling Performance by Cellist Hai-Ye Ni, Sept. 21, 1 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cellist Hai-Ye Ni

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky celebration from last January continues on WRTI this Sunday at 1 pm with Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru joined by Principal Cellist Hai-Ye

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An Orchestral Star
11:05 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen on WRTI's Philadelphia Music Makers: Sept. 21 at 5 PM

WRTI presents the debut episode of Philadelphia Music Makers on Sunday, September 21 from 5 to 6 pm. Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra, launches the series.

Most of the music for Philadelphia Music Makers was recorded at WRTI's state-of–the art studios or in the German Society of Pennsylvania in Center City Philadelphia, with its lively acoustics and beautiful Bösendorfer grand piano.

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Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Shining a Light on Italian Composer, Pianist, and Conductor Alfredo Casella

Italian composer, pianist, and conductor Alfredo Casella (1883 - 1947)

Early 20th-century Italian composer, pianist, and conductor Alfredo Casella promoted music of his compatriots. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 21st-century conductor Giandrea Noseda is shining a light on Casella’s lesser-known work.

Listen to a performance of Alfredo Casella's Barcarola e Scherzo for Flute and Piano, Op. 4 (1903):

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
7:17 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Great Expectations: A New Season Of New Music

Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain receives its world premiere at Santa Fe Opera in the coming season.
Ken Howard Santa Fe Opera

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:57 pm

Musicologist and pianist Charles Rosen once quipped: "The death of classical music is perhaps its oldest continuing tradition." But it's tough to see much gloom when faced with the diversity of premieres and provocative programming around the country in the 2014-2015 season.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
12:16 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Music from Russian Dance! September 7, 1 PM

French conductor Stephane Deneve

Guest conductor Stephane Deneve leads the Philadelphians in a program from last March at Verizon Hall, dedicated to Russian dance music.

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Creatively Speaking
11:08 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Poulenc's Aubade: A Still-Unique Choreographic Concerto

French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.

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