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Rachmaninoff & The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Sunday, September 6, 1 PM

The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor this Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI - orchestrated by Stokowski.

We have quite a re-broadcast in store for you on Sunday, September 6, at 1 pm! The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert will feature Week Two of the ensemble’s St. Petersburg Festival, from late January of this year. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

Credit Sim Canetty-Clarke
Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin performs the North-American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Piano Concerto.

You'll hear several beloved works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, who made his first U.S. appearance at the Academy of Music here in Philadelphia, in 1909, conducting his new Second Symphony, a perfect showcase for the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He fell in love with the Orchestra’s lush tone, and from that point on, often composed with the sound of the Philadelphians in mind. That same Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 will grace WRTI’s airwaves on Sunday.

Also, his Prelude in C-sharp minor—a famous piece, often called for as an encore when Rachmaninoff was at the keyboard—takes on an even more foreboding tone in the orchestration by Leopold Stokowski that we’ll hear Sunday, never before played on subscription.

Listen to Vladimir Ashkenazy play Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor:

The Philadelphia Orchestra:

The Philadelphians have a notable history of premiering major historic works (they gave the world premieres of six works by Rachmaninoff alone). And in that spirit, this Sunday’s program also includes the North American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s jazz-tinged and rhythmic new Piano Concerto. The Miles Davis-inspired composer wrote the piece for pianist Marc-André Hamelin who, along with Yannick and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, gave it its world premiere in Rotterdam in 2013.

Detailed program notes from The Philadelphia Orchestra

Not to be missed! That’s Sunday at 1 pm. Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium.


Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2, orch. Stokowski

Turnage: Piano Concerto, I. Rondo-Variations, II. Last Lullaby for Hans, III. A Grotesque Burlesque


Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM and online at WRTI.org. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

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.