What a concert we have in store for you in this Sunday's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra! The celebrated violinist Gil Shaham is soloist and brings you all the passion, energy, and virtuoso fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major.
You'll also hear Guillaume Connesson's Maslenitza, a piece inspired by an Eastern Slavic pre-Lenten festival. Over the course of this Philadelphia Orchestra season, Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the Orchestra in a trilogy of works by his fellow Frenchman; this is the first.
It’s in three parts—the outer sections capturing a celebratory Russian carnival atmosphere, and the chorale-like middle section anticipating the solemnity of Lent.
After intermission, it’s a return to France, and that sensuous early example of musical Impressionism (or “symbolism, as Debussy would probably have preferred), Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, based on a Symbolist poem by Stéphane Mallarmé.
To conclude this concert, it's the Poem of Ecstasy, which Alexander Scriabin also referred to as his Fourth Symphony! Like Debussy’s Prelude, this work owes a fundamental debt to the French Symbolist poets, and was performed first in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.
During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with violinist Gil Shaham, and Bliss Michelson interviews Maestro Denéve.
Not to be missed, that’s Sunday, July 29 at 1 PM, on WRTI 90.1, streaming worldwide at wrti.org and on the WRTI App.
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major
Gil Shaham, violin
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Stéphane Denève, conductor
Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at WRTI.org, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2