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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Christoph Eschenbach Conducts Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Luca Piva
Maestro Christoph Eschenabch

Former Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach is on the podium for this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2018 on Sunday, August 29th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, August 30th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is soloist.

The concert features works of three early 19th-century German masters: Weber, Schumann, and Beethoven. All three forged new musical paths with their many musical innovations, and all were driven by the desire to explore new instruments, sounds, and effects.

Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Der Freischütz was a pivotal work of the emerging musical Romanticism of the early 19th century, and its celebrated Overture provides a wondrous distillation of its varied moods and themes. The whole opera seems to be condensed within that overture, which—as was always the case with Weber—he wrote after the opera was finished.

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

Then, the brilliant young cellist Alisa Weilerstein is center stage for a performance of Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto, one of his most enigmatic works, and one which makes considerable technical demands on the soloist. It wasn’t until the first part of the 20th century, in fact, that the piece assumed a firm place in the cello repertory, owing in no small part to the passionate advocacy of Pablo Casals.

Following intermission, the Philadelphians and Maestro Eschenbach perform one of the most iconic masterpieces in the history of music, the Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven, a statement of power and triumph that can overwhelm even the most casual listener, and a work radical in its expressive freedom.

Read detailed program notes from the 2018 concert.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein talks backstage with WRTI's Debra Lew Harder.

During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Alisa Weilerstein, and  Susan Lewis has a conversation with Maestro Eschenbach.


Weber: Der Freischütz Overture

Schumann: Cello Concerto

     Alisa Weilerstein, cello


Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Christoph Eschenbach, 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.