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The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Fabio Luisi Conducts, Pianist Lise de la Salle Plays Beethoven

French pianist Lise de la Salle filled in for André Watts in the February, 2017 concerts at Verizon Hall."

On this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Thursday, June 4th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and Friday, June 5th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, guest conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium, and the brilliant young French pianist Lise de la Salle, with whom Maestro Luisi has often collaborated, is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi

The program begins with the overture to Weber’s last opera, Oberon, which had its premiere in London in 1826, with Weber himself conducting. Weber was 38 years old, and dying, when he took up the commission to compose Oberon, against his doctor’s orders, and died before the successful performance run ended. It’s a wonderful opera, and all the themes and elements are right there in the overture—the magic horn, the Fairy Kingdom, and the rescue and flight with Rezia—all in perfect sonata form!

The concert concludes with a work that Maestro Luisi has always loved, Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor, which hasn’t been performed on a Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concert in five years. So, Sunday is your chance to hear it!

Though Franck was Belgian by birth, his mother was German, and he had an affinity for German music, easily heard in this symphony that has been popular since its first performance.

Credit The Philadelphia Orchestra
A wonderful performance!

During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with pianist Lise de la Salle, and Susan Lewis talks about the program with Fabio Luisi.

Maestro Luisi speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Read detailed program notes from the concert


Weber: Oberon Overture

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

     Lise de la Salle, piano


Franck: Symphony in D minor

     The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Fabio Luisi, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on our new mobile app!NEW: rebroadcast of Sunday’s concert Monday at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!

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.