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As a member of our Orchestra family we want you to enjoy the benefits of your membership gift with access to open rehearsals, "Meet the Artist" Salon Series events, and much much more. Thank you for your commitment to our Fabulous Philadelphians.
It is our pleasure to send our Annual Fund Concert Circle members and above (gifts of $250 or more) one exciting CD.
Daniil Trifonov’s captivating, romantic soul and limitless virtuosity are thrillingly displayed in Destination Rachmaninov—Departure, a musical exploration of two of the composer’s piano concertos—the heart-rending Second and the cosmopolitan Fourth—supported by Yannick Nézet-Séquin and the glorious Philadelphia Orchestra.
Part choral work, part rock concert, part street protest, Leonard Bernstein’s 1971 MASS uses a genre-busting mix of musical styles to blow apart the traditional rituals of the Roman Catholic liturgy in an exuberant exploration of a collective crisis of faith. A favorite work of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séquin, this once-controversial masterpiece—now widely seen as the epitome of its composer’s personal creed—makes its Deutsche Grammophon debut to mark Bernstein’s centenary.
A powerful musical tribute to the mighty Leopold Stokowski, 35 years after his death, from the young conductor who now continues his legacy. Stokowski spent some of his most important and fruitful years in charge of the orchestra in Philadelphia, in a position that brought him some of his greatest accomplishments. Musical showmanship, free-thinking and a populist approach to contemporary music are characteristics of Stokowski’s distinguished conducting and recording career.
This album focuses on Stravinsky’s daring, revolutionary, and game-changing ballet score The Rite of Spring, given its American premiere performance by Stokowski and his Philadelphia Orchestra, and a work that reached its centenary milestone in 2013. Plus a selection of popular Stokowski transcriptions, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor (J. S. Bach), as heard in its Stokowski version in Disney’s classic Mickey Mouse movie Fantasia.
Daniil Trifonov returns with a unique homage to his legendary idol, Sergei Rachmaninov, and his first studio album for DG—a dazzling collection of hits, rarities, and a world premiere.
With this album, the young artist pays tribute to his illustrious musical forefather with a fascinating program comprising three sets of Variations: the hyper-virtuostic Variations on a Theme of Corelli and the rare Variations on a Theme of Chopin for solo piano, along with the famous and much-loved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has its very own connection to the Rhapsody: it gave the world premiere of the work in 1934, with the composer at the piano. Now it is being conducted by DG s highly acclaimed Yannick Nézet-Séguin who gets constantly rave reviews for his performances with the orchestra.
Music for the soul - One of the great Mahler conductors of our time, Christoph Eschenbach has a particularly close connection to the spiritual spheres of pain and relief in the music of Gustav Mahler. This recording features the Second Symphony ("Resurrection"), which was one of Mahler's most popular and successful works during his lifetime. The celestial "Urlicht" song of the fourth movement is performed by the celebrated mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef. The famous chorus of the Finale ("Auferstehung") features Simona Šaturová and Yvonne Naef with The Philadelphia Singers Chorale.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Tchaikovsky - a relationship on which a legend was built. Tchaikovsky's vibrant and emotionally charged Fourth Symphony resounds here with the magnificent beauty of the lush "Philadelphia Sound" in a white-hot interpretation under Christoph Eschenbach. As an added bonus this CD also includes the final six piano movements (July-December) from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons with Christoph Eschenbach as pianist.
Ondine's second recording in the acclaimed partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra combines Tchaikovsky's famous Fifth Symphony with a special bonus, the first half of the piano cycle The Seasons. The latter is Christoph Eschenbach's first extensive solo piano recording in nearly thirty years. Before turning to conducting in the 1970s, Christoph Eschenbach had earned a distinguished reputation as the foremost pianist to emerge from post-war Germany, making his United States concert debut in 1969, with his mentor George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra
One might well call The Philadelphia Orchestra playing a Tchaikovsky symphony the perfect marriage. Few ensembles have built such a legacy and strong association with the great Russian master. This recording features the final Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique'. Written in the last year of his life, this most melancholic of Tchaikovsky's symphonies is forever associated with the tragedy of his sudden death in 1893. As an added bonus, the disc includes the seldom-heard piano masterpiece Dumka, performed by Christoph Eschenbach on piano.
The Philadelphia Orchestra deservedly takes pride in its long and triumphant association with the music of Shostakovich, beginning with the U.S. premiere of his First Symphony in 1928, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. In fact, through 1973 the Orchestra gave the U.S. and Western premieres of seven of the composer's symphonies variously, as well as the First Cello Concerto, the First Piano Concerto, and the Five Pieces for Small Orchestra. Since Leopold Stokowski led the first Philadelphia performances of the Fifth Symphony in March 1939, the Orchestra has performed the work many times, as well as featured it on domestic and international tours, including performances in Russia under Eugene Ormandy in 1958.
This recording was released in 2005 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. All three works presented on this disc were written by composers affected by the Nazi regime. Bartók wrote his Concerto for Orchestra (1943) during self-imposed US exile; Martinu composed Memorial to Lidice (1943) to honour the victims of the massacre of an entire village; the Partita for Strings, arranged in 1990 by the Czech composer Vojtech Saudek after the String Trio (1944), is Gideon Klein's last work which he completed shortly before he was transported to Auschwitz.
In a collection of performances gathered from the inaugural concerts featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, this album highlights the union of the “Philadelphia Sound” with the remarkable colors and breadth of the world’s largest mechanical action concert hall pipe organ. Soloist Olivier Latry showcases the instrument in Barber’s Toccata festiva, Op. 36 (commissioned for The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1960), Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 (“Organ”).
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 is an intense and passionate work that may parallel some of the darkest moments in his life. The album closes with a chamber work composed when Mahler was only a teenager—his Piano Quartet in A minor. The recording features Christoph Eschenbach on piano as well as Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim.