Special rebroadcast! The Philadelphia Orchestra, in Asia this week, has been doing quite of bit of traveling on its own, and on Monday, June 5th at 7 pm on HD-2 and WRTI.org, WRTI will turn back the clock and rebroadcast this Vienna Festival concert, previously aired on March 20th of last year. It was a memorable performance, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, of two symphonies composed roughly 80 years apart: Joseph Haydn’s 103rd, the famous “Drumroll” Symphony, and Anton Bruckner’s 4th.
Vienna was a hotbed of musical evolution, and the second concert in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-part series of the Music of Vienna from the 2015-16 season showed us how far the symphony had traveled in that time.
The Haydn and Bruckner spotlight two of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal players. That famous drumroll has evolved in performance practice over the years, and Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpanist, will give it a virtuosic interpretation to open Sunday afternoon’s re-broadcast.
And just as all ears will be on Mr. Liuzzi at the beginning of the Haydn, they will be on Principal Horn Jennifer Montone at the beginning of Bruckner’s Symphony No 4, when she plays the famous exposed and extended opening horn call.
The relative brevity, humor, and modest instrumental scale associated with Haydn’s symphonies stand in stark contrast to the expansive orchestral vision of Anton Bruckner. His Fourth Symphony brought him his first significant public success. (Actually, this is his sixth, since he composed two earlier, unnumbered ones.) Its title, “Romantic,” is Bruckner’s own, signifying how far removed this work is from the classicism of Haydn.
During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis will speak with Yannick Nézet-Séguin about these two important symphonies. She will also sit down for a conversation with both Don Liuzzi and Jennifer Montone.
Be sure to join us this Monday, June 5th from 7 to 9 pm for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI HD-2, the WRTI Mobile App, or the classical web stream at wrti.org!
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103, “Drumroll”
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”
The Philadelphia Orchestra
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 WRTI.org, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm, and re-broadcast Monday nights at 7 on WRTI HD-2.