Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Youth and springtime are on dazzling display in this Symphony in C concert broadcast, Sunday from 4 to 6 pm on WRTI with music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Respighi.

There’s something about those tunes. From Romeo and Juliet to The Nutcracker to the 1812 Overture to the Serenade and symphonies and concertos, Tchaikovsky’s melodies were the first bits of classical music many of us first fell in love with.

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Join us this Sunday on WRTI for a mini festival of Russian favorites, as Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève returns to the Verizon Hall podium to conduct The Philadelphians. Download our new App to listen wherever you are in the world!

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a highly educated member of the Russian elite. But it’s his connection with folk tunes and the countryside that especially touches one of today’s young classical stars. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

This Sunday, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast brings back to the podium Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year, Gianandrea Noseda, for a concert from November that begins with Liszt’s orchestrally dazzling Symphonic Poem No 6, “Mazeppa,” and a performance by renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is now known as a classical music giant. But in 1866, he was a young man who had switched careers and was tackling his very first symphony. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this early work – titled by the composer, Winter Daydreams.

On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, July 2nd, 5-6 pm.... Recently on Discoveries we’ve been looking at the beginning generations of American composers of orchestral music. In the last decades of the 19th century they began making their way to Europe—mostly to Germany—to study their craft, which they then brought back. MacDowell, Chadwick, Parker, Paine, and others are prime examples of this pilgrimage. Their legacy remains to this day, through their music and their students.

Georgia Bertazzi

This Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast is an all-Russian program that brings to the podium Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winning Italian conductor Fabio Luisi, who serves as general music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, where he was expected to succeed James Levine as Music Director there. But with the announcement of his new appointment as principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony in the 2017-18 season, he has effectively stepped down at the Met.

A world-premiere recording of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto released this year has won an international award. How can such a well-known piece be having a recording premiere? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.


If you like your Russian served up rare – as only The Philadelphia Orchestra can prepare it – you are in for a special treat! This Sunday, August 30, it's a re-broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra's St. Petersburg Festival, Week One concert from last January, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

The broadcast features no fewer than three 40/40 works: “Winter,” from A. Glazunov’s The Seasons, and two of five movements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, all coming in the first half of the program. After intermission, you'll hear Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Symphony No. 5.

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