Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Creatively Speaking
3:12 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

David Kim on Tchaikovsky

David Kim
Ryan Donnell

In the 1870’s,  Tchaikovsky composed such large scale works as  Swan Lake,  Symphonies 2, 3, and 4,  and Variations on a Roccoco Theme.  But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in the same years, he was also writing short orchestral pieces, with emotional power and technical virtuosity. She discusses two of these pieces, Serenade Melancolique and Valse-Scherzo, with Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster, David Kim.  

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Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
6:44 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Tchaikovsky and Mozart, Sunday, June 15, 5 PM

Conductor Matthias Bamert

This month's Applause! features two superb performances by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  The first performance is of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, recorded in concert last month in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.  Internationally acclaimed Japanese-born violinist Saeka Matsuyama is the soloist.  The second is Mozart’s seldom heard Symphony No. 17 with guest conductor Matthias Bamert.  Dave Conant is your host this Sunday, June 15th at 5 PM.

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Creatively Speaking
10:43 am
Mon March 10, 2014

A Famous Violin Concerto on a Period, Non-Period Instrument

Violinist Vadim Gluzman plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on March 16 at 1 pm.

On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports the instrument on which it is being played would have sounded very familiar to the composer.

In 1878 Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote a violin concerto for the Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer. It was to be performed on Auer's 1690 Stradivarius, which is today the main instrument of the Russian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.

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Cristian Macelaru Conducts The Philadelphians
1:07 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: A Dazzling Performance by Cellist Hai-Ye Ni, March 9, 1 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cellist Hai-Ye Ni

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

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Creatively Speaking
10:05 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations: A Challenge, Even for a Seasoned Cellist

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cello, Hai-Ye Ni

Born in Shanghai, the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal cellist has performed in recitals, and with orchestras, all over the world. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, Hai-Ye Ni is the featured soloist on WRTI's concert broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra on Sunday March 9th. She'll perform Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Written for Tchaikovsky's friend, German Cellist Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, the work - a theme with seven different variations - is a challenge for the soloist, who plays almost constantly. 

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:57 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra Plays Tchaikovsky and Liadov on WRTI: March 2 at 1 PM

British conductor Robin Ticciati returns after his acclaimed debut with the Philadelphians in 2012.
Marco Borggreve

This Sunday, March 2 at 1 PM, WRTI broadcasts a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from January that was part of the first week of a three-week celebration of works by Tchaikovsky and his contemporaries.

British conductor Robin Ticciati returns to Philadelphia after a highly acclaimed debut in 2012. The young maestro launches the celebration with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, taking us on an emotional journey toward an exhilarating affirmation of life’s joys.

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Opera on WRTI
4:11 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN: The Met Opera on WRTI, Jan. 18 at 1 PM

Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role, and soprano Anna Netrebko sings Tatiana in The Metropolitan Opera's EUGENE ONEGIN.

Join us for an archival broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance Eugene Onegin. Valery Gergiev conducts the performance from October 5th, 2013, which features soprano Anna Netrebko as the naive heroine Tatiana, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as the aristocratic title character, and tenor Piotr Beczala as the poet Lenski. Mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova sings the role of Tatiana’s sister, Olga, and Alexei Tanovitski sings Prince Gremin.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
5:59 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Shakespeare Via Verdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Edward German

Shakespeare Memorial, Free Library of Philadelphia

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection broadcasts Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 5-6 pm on WRTI and wrti.org. Shakespeare continues to live, and if you were to name an orchestral work based on one of his plays, we wouldn’t blame you for coming up with one of the most popular works in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. But it wouldn’t be Discoveries without a curve ball or three, so this month we offer another Fantasy-Overture of his, Hamlet.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Secretive Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky And Countess Nadezhda von Meck

Countess von Meck (1831—1894) supported Tchaikovsky for 13 years, but they never met.

Penn Music History Professor Jeffrey Kallberg talks to Susan Lewis about Tchaikovsky's secret correspondence with a patron, Countess von Meck.

WRTI's upcoming broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert features Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, insights into the work have come from the composer’s correspondence with a secretive patron.

Listen on Sunday, July 28th, 2 to 4 pm. The program also includes music by Wagner and Christopher Rousee.

Listen to Susan’s interview with University of Pennsylvania Professor of Music History Jeffrey Kallberg.

CD Selections
8:51 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mark Pinto Recommends: Tchaikovsky's 4th and 5th Symphonies

I admit I approach any new recordings of these, my favorite Tchaikovsky symphonies, with a bit of trepidation. Over the years I’ve encountered one too many recordings, as well as concert performances, that lay on the incurable Romanticism a bit too thick. Thematic presentations are muddled and tempos are stretched so that each movement, regardless of the tempo indication, seems to plod at the same pace.

It’s as if some conductors believed that Tchaikovsky, who always wore his heart on his sleeve, needed help expressing his feelings.

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