Wolfgang Sawallisch

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
3:16 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

A Special Archival Philadelphia Orchestra Broadcast On WRTI: Tribute To Wolfgang Sawallisch, June 9

The late Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923 - 2013)

As the Philadelphia Orchestra continues its residency in China, we listen back this Sunday to one of Wolfgang Sawallisch's last performances with the Orchestra from late April, 2003.

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Creatively Speaking
1:12 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch: A Musician's Musician

This week, the Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its subscription season with a special tribute to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died earlier this year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Orchestra’s beloved former music director forged strong bonds with the musicians he led.

Listen to reflections about Sawallisch playing chamber music and enjoying musical jokes from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Davyd Booth, Gloria dePasquale, and Richard Harlow.
Listen to reflections about Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch on the podium in Philadelphia, and on tour, from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Kathryn Picht Read, Jonathan Beiler, and Mark Gigliotti.

Creatively Speaking
1:01 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Memories of Wolfgang Sawallisch On The Podium

Wolfgang Sawallisch served as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1993 to 2003.

This week, The Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its subscription season with a special tribute to former music director and conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died earlier this year.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he’s remembered as a master on the podium.

Listen to reflections about Sawallisch playing chamber music and enjoying musical jokes from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Davyd Booth, Gloria dePasquale, and Richard Harlow.
Listen to reflections about Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch on the podium in Philadelphia, and on tour, from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Kathryn Picht Read, Jonathan Beiler, and Mark Gigliotti.

Creatively Speaking
9:38 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Memories of Wolfgang Sawallisch: On Tour And At Home

Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923—2013)

The Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its subscription season this week with a special tribute to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died on February 22, 2013.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Orchestra's former music director and conductor laureate shared his musical gifts with audiences at home and abroad, leading the orchestra on eight international tours.

Listen to reflections about Sawallisch (playing chamber music and enjoying musical jokes) from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Davyd Booth, Gloria de Pasquale, and Richard Harlow.

Listen to reflections about Sawallisch (on the podium in Philadelphia and on tour) from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Kathryn Picht Read, Jonathan Beiler, and Mark Gigliotti.

Musicians' Memories
12:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch Remembered

Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra remember Wolfgang Sawallisch in this tribute. Susan Lewis speaks with violinists Davyd Booth and Jonathan Beiler, cellists Gloria de Pasquale, Kathy Reed, and Richard Harlow, and bassoonist Mark Gigliotti.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is mourning the loss of its conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch, who served as the ensemble's sixth music director from 1993 until 2003. He passed away on February 22, 2013 at his home in Grassau, Germany at age 89.

The maestro guest conducted all over the world, and had previously led the Opera Theater of Augsburg, the Vienna Symphony, L'orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Hamburg Philharmonic, and for more than two decades, the Bavarian State Opera. He was also a gifted pianist, playing chamber music and filling in for The Philadelphia Orchestra itself during an ice storm when an all-Wagner with singers was scheduled.

Susan Lewis  profiles the maestro, focusing on his Philadelphia years,  speaking with Philadelphia Orchestra violinists Davyd Booth and Jonathan Beiler, cellists Gloria de Pasquale, Kathy Reed, and Richard Harlow, and bassoonist Mark Gigliotti about their memories of the Sawallisch years.

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12:27 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Remembering Wolfgang Sawallisch, A Conductor Who Blossomed In Philadelphia

The late conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, captured in rehearsals for a recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger.
Vivianne Purdom courtesy of EMI Classics

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 11:30 am

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8:42 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1923-2013

Lead in text: 
The Philadelphia Orchestra's sixth music director died at age 89 on Friday, February 22nd at his home outside Munich.
  • Source: Philly
  • | Via: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wolfgang Sawallisch, 89, the German maestro who defied expectations by taking the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 70 and remaking it into perhaps the most assured blend of orchestral polish and power in the United States, died Friday evening at home in Grassau outside Munich, according to a statement from the Bavarian State Opera.

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