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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Pianist Louis Lortie, Yannick, and Mahler

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Pianist Louis Lortie

Join us on Sunday, May 31st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and on Monday, June 1st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for an unforgettable rebroadcast of the Fabulous Philadelphians!

Franz Schubert never wrote a piano concerto—or any concerto for that matter—but Franz Liszt, who loved Schubert’s music, created the next best thing with his orchestration of the Wanderer Fantasy, a work Schubert had written for piano solo in 1822, basing it on one of his best loved songs, “Der Wanderer.” And it’s an extraordinary technical tour de force. Liszt himself performed it frequently, and decided to give it another kind of concert life by fashioning a version for piano and orchestra in 1851.

And on this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, we’ll hear it performed by the French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, who made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1988 at the Mann Center and his subscription debut in 1993.

Yannick Nézét-Séguin conducts.

Following intermission, a transformative work whose fourth movement Adagietto was made even more famous by Luchino Visconti’s film, Death in Venice, the Symphony No. 5, by Gustav Mahler.

Herbert von Karajan once said about Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, “when you hear it, you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.” Those who have experienced it tend to agree!

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Yannick talks about the program with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Louis Lortie and Yannick.

You don’t want to miss this one. That’s this Sunday from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, and streaming at WRTI.org.

PROGRAM:

Schubert/Liszt – Wanderer Fantasy

Louis Lortie, piano

INTERMISSION

Mahler – Symphony No. 5

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, on the WRTI mobile app, and your favorite smart speaker! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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.