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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Wagner and Bruckner, May 18, 1 PM

Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)

Join us this Sunday as Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a recorded program from late January, 2013 at Verizon Hall that features two composers who were not only contemporaries, but who actually met during the premiere of Tristan und Isolde in 1865, Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner.

Wagner's tender Siegfried Idyll, a gift to his beloved Cosima on her 33rd birthday, a work of delicate beauty, is paired with the towering Symphony No. 7 of Anton Bruckner, a work that 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 - reinstating the controversial cymbal crash at the end of the Adagio movement, about which Bruckner had expressed some early ambivalence.

The Orchestra had lost a very important figure in its august history the week before the initial broadcast of this concert in 2013  - Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch, music director of the Philadelphians from 1993 to 2003. WRTI's Susan Lewis pays tribute to Maestro Sawallasch during intermission, and we'll also hear Yannick Nezet-Seguin speaking with Jim Cotter about the twisting path that led Yannick to his appreciation of Bruckner's music. The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, Sunday, May 18, 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. Listen on the air and on our all-classical web stream at wrti.org

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

WAGNER:  Siegfried Idyll
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E major
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


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.