© 2023 WRTI
Your Classical and Jazz Source
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Yefim Bronfman Plays Beethoven: The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Nov. 24 at 1 PM

This Sunday at 1 pm, join us for a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from October. Yefim Bronfman, one of the world's greatest pianists, brings his unique blend of power, virtuosity, and grace to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 - its delicate solo opening bars and fiery conclusion serving as an ideal vehicle to showcase Bronfman's talents.

Also on the program, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 of 1957, on the surface composed to appease Soviet bureaucrats, as a tribute to the tragic events of the failed 1905 Russian Revolution. But, like Shostakovich's 5th and 10th symphonies, it contains deeper political commentary on Soviet rule, namely the 1956 Hungarian uprising. This program pairs the music of two composers whose works had an indelible impact on symphonic music, over a century apart, but with a similar universal message.


During intermission, Susan Lewis speaks with Guest Conductor Semyon Bychkov and pianist Yefim Bronfman.  Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Be sure to join us! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, November 24th from 1 to 3 pm.

Detailed program notes here


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 ("The Year 1905")

Semyon Bychkov: conductor
Yefim Bronfman: piano

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.