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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Yannick Conducts Works by Brahms and Schumann

Join us on Sunday, May 9 at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 10 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear this 2016 Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast with pianist Hélène Grimaud who performs a concerto close to her heart—the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this program, which pairs the works of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, two composers who — though born a generation apart — enjoyed a brief but enormously significant friendship.

Credit Mat Hennek
Pianist Hélène Grimaud

Following intermission, when WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Ms. Grimaud, the Philadelphians perform a work by Schumann that his new bride Clara Wieck called "a marvelous expression of youthful energy, full of the sound of birdsong in the spring air." And by all accounts, Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 was a resounding success from the very first performance.

Detailed program notes from the concert


Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

     Hélène Grimaud, pianist


Schumann: Symphony No. 1

     Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at, every Sunday at 1 PM and repeated on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.