Join us on Sunday, August 2nd at 12 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear Episode 4 of “This Week with Yannick,” an eight-week radio series, hosted and curated by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The series offers listeners an intimate radio experience through music and storytelling. Each episode centers around a singular theme, and explores the myriad ways that the deepest connections in our lives can be expressed through music. More about the series.
Composers have often turned to nature for inspiration, finding ways to express its beauty and power through music. In this hour, Yannick Nézet-Séguin shares pieces that express a very essential part of who we are: our connection to the earth and its own natural harmonies.
The first part of the program features music inspired by the elements, with the grace of sunrise over the earth, the turbulence of the West Wind, the creative and destructive powers of fire, and the restlessness of the sea. The second part captures the moods of all four seasons, from a playful summer day to the rawness of rebirth during spring.
Part 1: The Elements
Ravel: Lever du Jour, Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Debussy: Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest (Prelude, Book 1), Fazil Say
Hildegard: The Fire of Creation, Anonymous 4
Verdi: Fuoco di Gioia, Yannick Nézet-Séguin/The Metropolitan Opera
Debussy: La Mer (II. Jeux de vagues), Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Orchestre Métropolitain
Britten: Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (IV. Storm), Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Orchestre Métropolitain
Part 2: The Seasons
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra
Haydn: The Seasons ("Autumn," "Juchhe! Juchhe!"), Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir
Glazunov: The Seasons (excerpt from "Winter"), Yannick Nézet-Séguin/The Philadelphia Orchestra
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 5 in F, Op. 24 "Spring" (II. Adagio molto espressivo), Anne Akiko Meyers, violinist; Reiko Uchida, pianist
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (excerpt from the very end), Yannick Nézet-Séguin/The Philadelphia Orchestra
"This Week with Yannick" airs Sundays from 12 noon to 1 PM, July 12th to August 30th on WRTI 90.1, and is presented by WQXR, New York City's classical music station and WRTI. The series is produced by Merrin Lazyan, producer of the critically acclaimed podcast Aria Code.