Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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One of the finest violinists of her generation, Lisa Batiashvili has teamed up with Yannick Nézet-Séguin for some memorable performances, and Sunday, August 4th at 1 PM, WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast presents another one: Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—who wrote such lush, sweeping melodies for strings—composed one violin concerto. But in it, he put a world of emotions. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more.

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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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Tchaikovsky lovers, this is for you! Join us on Sunday, March 3 at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, March 4 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Gregg Whiteside is host.

Tchaikovsky wrote his violin concerto in 1878, but his friends and family were critical and he didn’t find a violinist to premiere it for over three years. Now, according to Gil Shaham, the concerto is one of the most frequently performed concertos in the repertoire.

What a concert we have in store for you in this week's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra!  The celebrated violinist Gil Shaham is soloist and brings you all the passion, energy, and virtuoso fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

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In correspondence with a patron, Tchaikovsky confessed he was grappling with the idea of fate in his Symphony No. 4. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the composer tried to make sense of his world with music that still resonates today. Listen to her conversation with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Swan Lake was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's first foray into classical ballet, with a debut in 1877. Today if you ask someone to name an iconic ballet, Swan Lake is one that usually comes to mind. Believe it or not, that probably would have surprised the composer. 

There’s something about those tunes. From Romeo and Juliet to The Nutcracker to the 1812 Overture to the Serenade and symphonies and concertos, Tchaikovsky’s melodies were the first bits of classical music many of us first fell in love with.

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Join us this Sunday on WRTI for a mini festival of Russian favorites, as Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève returns to Verizon Hall in this re-broadcast to conduct The Philadelphians. Download our new App to listen wherever you are in the world!

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