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Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e minor
02/21/17
When Brahms completed his fourth and final symphony, many of his contemporaries didn’t quite understand the work. His closest companions got it,...
Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major “The Trout”
02/20/17
In 1817, Franz Schubert composed a short song called “The Trout,” which told the story of an onlooker on a riverbank watching a “happy little fish”...
Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in c minor, Op. 78 “Organ”
02/20/17
Although Camille Saint-Saens is often considered a conservative composer for his time, his Third Symphony is all but conservative. It’s highly...
Charles Gounod: Symphony No. 1 in D
02/19/17
There are comparisons to be drawn between the symphonic repertoire of Charles Gounod and Felix Mendelssohn, such as the melodic charm and a clear use...
Sunday Baroque Listings: February 19, 2017
02/18/17
Hour 1: 1685 was an important year for music – George Frideric Handel was born on February 23rd, about a month before Johann Sebastian Bach. Sunday...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in g-minor
02/17/17
The Fourth and Final Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff is a portrait of a composer in transition: the Romantic idioms that Rachmaninoff had...
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
02/17/17
Jeffrey Kahane - Conductor Natasha Paremski - Piano [Photo: http://bit.ly/2lQ4Uiy] It's Kahane's final year as conductor of LACO, and this...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat
02/16/17
Franz Schubert’s 2nd Symphony was not necessarily the masterwork to rank alongside Beethoven’s symphonies that it was trying to emulate. However, it’...
John Corigliano
02/16/17
On this date in 1938, the American composer John Corigliano was born, and in 2005, this date marked the premiere of his Symphony No. 3, called “...
Nicolo Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in b-minor, “La Campanella”
02/15/17
It’s the birth anniversary of Niccolo Paganini, born on this day in 1782, and we’ll be celebrating with his Violin Concerto No. 2, nicknamed “La...
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
02/15/17
On this date in 1868, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 titled "Winter Dreams" had its premiere in Moscow.  The symphony’s title came from Tchaikovsky...
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
02/14/17
Edvard Grieg composed one of his most important masterpieces at age 25: the Piano Conerto in a minor. It’s rather fitting, since the composer’s...
Valentine's Day
02/14/17
Happy Valentine’s Day!  So this is the day when we exchange cards, flowers, and candy.  But how did all of this start?  Well, according to History....
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Op. 22
02/13/17
This Valentine’s Day, join us for our Evening Masterwork for a little bit of Romantic music… Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings in E. The serenade...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
02/13/17
Mozart completed his only clarinet concerto just two months prior to his death and it has become one of the most enduring works in the solo clarinet...
Sunday Baroque Listings: February 12, 2017
02/11/17
Hour 1: Francois Couperin imitated what he imagined to be the cooing and trilling of a “Nightingale in Love” in one of his keyboard solos. It’s...
Houston Symphony: Daniil Trifonov - Piano
02/10/17
Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor Daniil Trifonov - Piano [Photo: http://n.pr/2kXd0ZY; Roger Mastroianni /courtesy of the artist] Daniil Trifonov...
Itzhak Perlman
02/10/17
On this date in 1929, American film score composer Jerry Goldsmith was born in Los Angeles.  Goldsmith was best known for his work in film and...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No .39 in E-Flat, K. 543
02/09/17
Mozart’s 40th and 41st Symphonies get a lot of attention, but another one was composed in that same time period that form the trio of Mozart’s last...
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
02/09/17
Manuel De Falla composed his work for piano and orchestra, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, during the First World War, but the conception of the...
George Frideric Handel
02/09/17
On this date in 1722, the first documented concert performance of Handel’s “Water Music” took place at the Stationer’s Hall in London.  Handel’s “...
John Williams
02/08/17
On this date in 1932, the American composer and conductor John Williams was born in New York City.  Classical WSMR is offering one of his recordings...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125 “Choral”
02/07/17
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, whether he wanted it to or not, pushed the envelope forward in the world of Western Classical Music. Wagner once argued...
Bohuslav Martinů
02/07/17
On this date in 1953, Martinu’s one-act opera "The Marriage," had its premiere on the NBC TV network. It was one of the earliest operas specifically...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in d minor Op. 70
02/06/17
The Symphony No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak holds a special status amongst the composer’s nine symphonies. Compared to its neighbors, the sixth and eighth...