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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Richard Woodhams, Rachmaninoff, Mozart

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Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra; Hans Van Der Woerd
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Richard Woodhams and Yannick Nézet-Séguin";

Join us on Sunday, October 20th from 1 to 3:10 PM to hear Yannick Nézét-Séguin conduct the Philadelphians in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, k 297b. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is your host.

Richard Woodhams, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal oboe from 1977 until his retirement at the end of the 2018/2019 season, returns for this encore collaboration with his principal colleagues in Mozart's delightful quartet for winds and orchestra. Joining Mr. Woodhams are principal clarinet Ricardo Morales, principal bassoon Daniel Matsukawa, and principal horn Jennifer Montone.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 suffered one of music’s most disastrous first performances. Inadequate rehearsal time led to poor execution, scathing reviews, and shattered self-confidence for the composer. And when Rachmaninoff emigrated in 1918 the score was left behind in Russia, and subsequently lost.

It was only in 1944 that the original orchestral parts were rediscovered, allowing the symphony to be reconstructed and performed in Moscow in 1945. It then became clear that this was the boldest and most interesting Russian symphony in the decade after Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique.

Also on Sunday’s program, a work by Anna Clyne that premiered in 2013 at the Last Night of the Proms, Masquerade. Drawing its inspiration from the original mid-18th century promenade concerts held in London's pleasure gardens, it’s a richly orchestrated work that includes an old English country dance melody, and a drinking song to add a festive flair to the afternoon’s program.

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Daniel Matsukawa speaks to WRTI's Susan Lewis backstage at Verizon Hall.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with oboist Richard Woodhams, and bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa.

PROGRAM:

Clyne: Masquerade

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante, K. 297b, for winds and orchestra

  • Richard Woodhams, oboe
  • Ricardo Morales, clarinet
  • Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon
  • Jennifer Montone, horn

INTERMISSION

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézét-Séguin, 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 WRTI.org, and on the WRTI mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.