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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert: Wagner, Bruckner, July 7th, 2 pm

Join us Sunday, July 7th at 2 pm, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program from late January at Verizon Hall featuring two composers who actually met during the 1865 premiere of Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner.

Wagner's tender Siegfried Idyll, a gift to his beloved Cosima on her 33rd birthday, is a work of delicate beauty. Yannick pairs it with the towering Symphony No. 7 of Anton Bruckner, which gave Bruckner the greatest popular and critical success of his lifetime. The brasses and strings of the glorious Philadelphia Orchestra certainly get a workout in this performance, which utilizes the 1954 revision of Leopold Nowak. It reinstates the controversial cymbal crash at the end of the second movement, the Adagio, about which Bruckner had expressed some early ambivalence.

In February the Orchestra lost a very important figure in its history: Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch, music director of the Philadelphians from 1993 to 2003. WRTI's Susan Lewis pays tribute to Maestro Sawallisch during intermission. ?Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nézet-Séguin about the twisting path that led Yannick to his appreciation of Bruckner's music. The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, Sunday, July 7th, 2 to 4 pm on WRTI. Listen on the air and on our all-classical web stream at

More information, including program notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra's website.

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam—Moderato—Tempo I—
     Moderato—Tempo I
III. Scherzo: Sehr schnell—Trio: Etwas langsamer—Scherzo da capo
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell