The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Hélène Grimaud Plays Brahms, October 2, 1 PM

Oct 1, 2016

This week’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast brings us a performance from early March, which saw the return to Philadelphia of pianist Hélène Grimaud, who performs a concerto close to her heart, the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this program, which pairs the works of Brahms and Schumann, two composers who — though born a generation apart — enjoyed a brief but enormously significant friendship.

Following intermission, during which WRTI’s Susan Lewis will speak with Ms. Grimaud, the Philadelphians perform a work by Robert Schumann that his new bride Clara Wieck called "a marvelous expression of youthful energy, full of the sound of birdsong in the spring air." And by all accounts, Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 was a resounding success from the very first performance.

That’s Brahms and Schumann, this Sunday, October 2nd from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI.

Detailed program notes from the concert


Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

     Hélène Grimaud, pianist


Schumann: Symphony No. 1

     Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.