Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is now known as a classical music giant. But in 1866, he was a young man who had switched careers and was tackling his very first symphony. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this early work – titled by the composer, Winter Daydreams.


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Join us on Sunday, December 8th at 1 PM for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast that brings back to the podium Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year, Gianandrea Noseda, for a concert from 2016 that begins with Liszt’s orchestrally dazzling Symphonic Poem No 6, “Mazeppa,” and a performance by renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

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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 September 29th 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 enthusiasts, this is for you! Join us on Sunday, September 1st from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, September 2nd 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.

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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.

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. 

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