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Join us on Sunday, May 23rd at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 24th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Gustav Mahler’s last completed composition, which he lived neither to premiere nor even rehearse: his Symphony No. 9.

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Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9 was the last symphony the Austrian composer completed before he died.  Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin talks with us about the very human story behind this monumental work, ranked as the 4th greatest symphony of all time in a 2018 BBC Magazine poll of 151 conductors.

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At a time when renewal of hope is so important, WRTI is proud to rebroadcast the transcendent "Resurrection" Symphony of Gustav Mahler on Sunday, January 17th at 1 PM on WRTI, and Monday, January 18th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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This re-broadcast from 2016 features Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium joined by a Philadelphia favorite, the incomparable Lang Lang, performing the music of someone else whose career had close ties to Philadelphia—Sergei Rachmaninoff. Listen on Sunday, September 27th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, September 28th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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Join us on Sunday, May 31st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and on Monday, June 1st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for an unforgettable rebroadcast of the Fabulous Philadelphians!

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin loves Mahler's Symphony No.5 for many reasons. One is that it's a work that epitomizes everything that orchestral music can be. 

It’s been said that Edwin Fleisher did not like vocal or choral music. Whether a few people have told me this, or one person told me a few times, I can’t recall, but it explained why, while there’s a wealth of orchestral music with voices, none of it made its way during Fleisher’s life into the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia. There are two problems with the story.

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Hello Radio Friends! If you were unable to get a ticket for any of the sold-out Philadelphia Orchestra performances this past weekend of Mahler's Third Symphony, or to hear our live broadcast of yesterday's final concert, I strongly encourage you to listen to the re-broadcast tonight at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, on the fabulous WRTI Mobile App, or our classical web stream at wrti.org.

It was on the 2nd of March, 100 years ago, that The Philadelphia Orchestra was, in effect, introduced to the world. The stage of the Academy of Music had to be extended, at considerable expense, to accommodate the enormous vocal and orchestral forces for the first United States performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the so-called “Symphony of a Thousand.”

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