Camille Saint-Saens

December 28, 2020. You may know Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the young cellist who performed at the 2018 royal wedding, but did you know his six siblings also play classical music? In this season of family celebrations and traditions, our Classical Album of the Week is the debut recording of the Kanneh-Masons, ages 11 to 24, playing Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals and a new musical setting of Grandpa Christmas, a story by Michael Morpurgo.

October 28, 2019. It's Halloween time, when celebrations of all things scary mix in an oddly agreeable way with costumed children collecting candy door-to-door. Amidst all the theories of Halloween's beginnings and traditions worldwide, one thing we know: it's a time to bring out music that conjures spooky spirits. Our album of the week is Danse Macabre, performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, conducted by Kent Nagano. 

This Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on 90.1 brings us another first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a work by the contemporary French composer Guillaume Connesson, the ever-popular 5th Piano Concerto of Camille Saint-Saëns, Ottorino Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, and, to begin the concert, the rousing Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz!

Saint-Saëns' fifth and last piano concerto reflects his long career as a musician, composer and avid traveler.   WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the concerto, nicknamed "The Egyptian."

One hundred years ago, 18-year-old Francis Poulenc was looking for a composition teacher, and being recommended by the pianist Ricardo Viñes to Maurice Ravel, went to meet him, scores in hand. Ravel was already well-known, having composed much of the music for which he is famous today.

There’s some great classical music not often played at adult concert series. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor points to several under-performed masterworks that speak to everyone.

The three works on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast this Sunday, October 4th, all hail from France. To varying degrees, each echoes the marvelous 17th-century fables of Jean de La Fontaine, familiar to this day to every French schoolchild. It’s unfortunate that these compositions are usually confined to children’s programs, as there is much music in them that has universal appeal.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pianist

May 31, 2008

This week Jill Pasternak's guest is pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He recently performed on the Oscar-nominated score for the film Atonement by composer Dario Marianelli. He's also released an album featuring Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romand, conducted by Charles Dutoit.