Edward Elgar

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The last of Edward Elgar’s works to gain immediate popular success was his Violin Concerto, written for the great violinist Fritz Kreisler. And the June 9th Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 at 1 PM brings us a performance by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, on Kreisler’s own Guarneri del Gesu violin!

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Sir Edward Elgar wrote his violin concerto for the great Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler, who premiered it in 1910. Among those who champion it today is a violinist who feels a personal connection when performing it.

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Max Bruch’s first violin concerto, composed in 1866, has the right mix of passion and intimacy to engage classical music newcomers in the 21st century. So says Soloist Rachel Barton Pine, who learned it when she was very young and continues to love it today. 


October 22, 2018. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, called "striking and charasmatic" with "bravura technique and soulful musicianship" ("The New York Times") has recorded violin concertos by Elgar and Bruch on one CD with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It's our pick for classical album of the week.

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection broadcasts Saturday, November 2nd, 5 to 6 pm. Since the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia is the world’s largest lending library of orchestral performance materials, and since it holds more than 21,000 titles, it should be no surprise that conductors make use of its resources for almost any concert theme imaginable.