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The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI 90.1: Tchaikovsky and Elgar with a Kreisler Connection!

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Violinist Fritz Kreisler, 1903

The last of Edward Elgar’s works to gain immediate popular success was his Violin Concerto, written for the great violinist Fritz Kreisler. And the September 29th Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 at 1 PM brings us a performance by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, on Kreisler’s own Guarneri del Gesu violin!

Nine years ago, Mr. Znaider celebrated the centenary of the first performance of the work in 1910, in a recording he made with Staatskapelle Dresden and Colin Davis, on which he played the same “Kreisler” Guarnerius of 1741, and his performance with the Philadelphians is one of the highlights of this season.

Stéphane Denève speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the program.

Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève is on the podium.

Following intermission, Tchaikovsky’s towering Symphony No. 5, a Philadelphia Orchestra staple for a century. A single theme, a kind of leitmotif of fate, appears in each of its four movements, suggesting a journey, or a gradual metamorphosis, culminating in a conclusion that can be heard as either triumphant or ominous. Listen on Sunday afternoon, and hear how Maestro Deneve interprets it!

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Violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage at Verizon Hall with violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and conductor Stéphane Denève.

Don’t miss it, Sunday, September 29th, from 1 to 3 PM, on WRTI 90.1 and streaming at!


Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, violin


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stéphane Denève, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on the WRTI mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.