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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