WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday and Monday brings you the unfamiliar and the very familiar: a first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a violin concerto by the contemporary Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, and a work the Orchestra has performed as often as any in its history, the Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Interestingly, van der Aa trained as a recording engineer before studying composition, and later took courses in New York in film and stage direction. In fact, some of his compositions are extensions of recorded material, like his cello concerto, where the cellist plays on a platform with a film being screened behind him.
His Violin Concerto, however, which we hear on Sunday, is different. It has no film, no separate stage, no added soundtrack, just the violinist—Janine Jansen, and The Philadelphia Orchestra! van der Aa wrote it in 2014 specifically for the brilliant and talented Ms. Jansen.
Following intermission, a work first performed by the Orchestra under the direction of the composer himself, the Symphony No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the second of three symphonies he would compose before leaving Russia after the Russian Revolution.
During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Janine Jansen, and Susan Lewis has a conversation with Ricardo Morales, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s extraordinary Principal Clarinet, who talks about the challenges of the famous third-movement clarinet solo in the Rachmaninoff.
Don’t miss this broadcast, coming to you on WRTI 90.1, the WRTI mobile app, and streaming worldwide at wrti.org on September 30 at 1 pm and October 1 at 7 pm on HD-2.
van der Aa: Violin Concerto
Janine Jansen, violin
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-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 WRTI.org, and on the WRTI mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.
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