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The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Blomstedt Conducts Brahms and Mozart, May 11, 1 PM

Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt

Johannes Brahms finally overcame his writer’s block when it came to writing a symphony at the age of 43. The shadow of Beethoven loomed so ominously that the composer took decades to complete his Symphony No.1. This triumphal work has rightfully found its place among the masterpieces of the 19th-century repertoire.

A season-long collection of serenades would not be complete without the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who transformed this casual, entertaining genre into truly a genuine and legitimate style. His "Gran Partita" for 12 winds and one double bass is modest in instrumentation but profound in its scope. Consisting of seven movements that vary from joyful dances to pensive adagios, the 40-minute work projects a depth similar to that of his symphonies and piano concertos. Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Philadelphians in a concert from March, 2014.

Join us on Sunday, May 11, 1 to 3 pm for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI 90.1 FM or online at wrti.org. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt opens up to Jim Cotter during intermission.

Detailed program notes here.



Mozart: Serenade in B-flat major ("Gran Partita")
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

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.