WRTI's Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, with commentary by Jazz Host Bob Perkins. April 25th is Ella's birthday! She would have turned 98 today.
This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a delightful Philadelphia Orchestra program from this past November at Verizon Hall, which begins with Vivaldi‚Äôs famous four violin concerti known as "The Four Seasons," as vivid today as they were nearly 300 years ago. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola joins Richard Egarr, two of the foremost early-music specialists in the world today, for performances of these works.
Comprised of four violin concertos written by Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work. Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto. Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)
Will she marry for love or money? Swedish soprano Malin Bystr√∂m stars in the title role of Strauss‚Äôs nostalgic romantic comedy that explores the fleeting charms of youth, opposite Michael Volle and Juliane Banse. Philippe Auguin conducts.
In the title role, Malin Bystr√∂m, "elegant in both looks and tone, and sounding full and flexible, is uncannily reminiscent of Kiri Te Kanawa... her voice has silvery plush..."
Yannick Nezet-Seguin¬†conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach‚Äôs music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 ‚Äď the St. Matthew Passion.
Tune in on Thursday, April 17th during the 1 pm hour for a very special 90th birthday tribute to a very special musician and composer. Marcel Farago, longtime cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1955 to 1994) composed In Memoriam in 1989, dedicated to his wife Adele who died in 1988. Ricardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in the same year. Join us to hear Marcel Farago's In Memoriam as we celebrate his 90th.
Join us for two Mozart favorites on this Sunday's Applause! broadcast. It's the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in a concert recorded just last month. Mathias Bamert is guest conductor.¬†Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flutist Jeffrey Khaner will play the Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2, and Mozart's 40th Symphony concludes the broadcast.
Dave Conant is your host, Easter Sunday, 5 to 6 pm.
After their powerful pairing in Il Trovatore, Marcelo √Ālvarez and Patricia Racette reunite in Giordano‚Äôs melodramatic story of life in times of revolutionary fervor, a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.