Philadelphia Orchestra with Cellist Johannes Moser

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In a late addition to the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast calendar, WQXR brought you the Philadelphia Orchestra under its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin in a program of Strauss, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

Update: Listen to portions of the broadcast above, including the Strauss Metamorphosen and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3. Because of rights restrictions by the orchestra, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 is not available for archival streaming.

In this program, German cellist Johannes Moser joined the Philadelphians for Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, a powerful, autobiographical work with wartime echoes. Philadelphia has a long history with this piece, having given its U.S. premiere with soloist Mstislav Rostropovich and conductor Eugene Ormandy in 1959, and having made the first recording shortly after.

The program also featured Strauss's post-war lament Metamorphosen, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," with its revolutionary overtones and famous funeral march. Here Nézet-Séguin discusses the inherent politics in Beethoven's music:


Moser filled in for Truls Mørk, who had to withdraw last week due to a skiing accident. Here, Moser talks with Jeff Spurgeon about the last-minute substitution:



  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director and conductor
  • Johannes Moser, cello


  • R. Strauss: Metamorphosen
  • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

We asked you to share your thoughts during the concert in Carnegie Hall's live chat or on Twitter using the hashtag #CHLive. Below is a collection of your chat comments, tweets and photos.