The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Pianist Louis Lortie, Yannick, and Mahler

Nov 25, 2019

Join us on Sunday, December 1st at 1 PM for an unforgettable broadcast of the Fabulous Philadelphians!

Franz Schubert never wrote a piano concerto—or any concerto for that matter—but Franz Liszt, who loved Schubert’s music, created the next best thing with his orchestration of the Wanderer Fantasy, a work Schubert had written for piano solo in 1822, basing it on one of his best loved songs, “Der Wanderer.” And it’s an extraordinary technical tour de force. Liszt himself performed it frequently, and decided to give it another kind of concert life by fashioning a version for piano and orchestra in 1851.

And on this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, we’ll hear it performed by the French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, who made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1988 at the Mann Center and his subscription debut in 1993.

Yannick Nézét-Séguin conducts.

Following intermission, a transformative work whose fourth movement Adagietto was made even more famous by Luchino Visconti’s film, Death in Venice, the Symphony No. 5, by Gustav Mahler.

Herbert von Karajan once said about Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, “when you hear it, you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.” Those who have experienced it tend to agree!

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Louis Lortie and Yannick.

You don’t want to miss this one. That’s this Sunday, from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, and streaming at


Schubert/Liszt – Wanderer Fantasy

Louis Lortie, piano


Mahler – Symphony No. 5

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézét-Séguin, 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, on the WRTI mobile app, and your favorite smart speaker! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.