Program Archives

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c Op. 68
12/14/17

Brahms notoriously put off composing his symphonies and string quartets, offering the excuse “You can’t have any idea what it’s like always to hear such a giant marching behind you.” That giant...

Florida Orchestra Broadcast: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
12/13/17

Classical WSMR is presenting a series of concerts, recorded live as part of our Evening Masterwork. Join your host, Russell Gant, tonight at 7:00 for Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 conducted by...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58
12/12/17

In 1806 Beethoven composed his Fourth Piano Concerto, the final one the composer would premiere as the pianist. At this time, the instrument was in a state of rapid development, and the majority...

12/11/17

When it comes to Mozart’s music, generally speaking, the key of A major was often times used to showcase lyricism and serenity, and his Piano Concerto No. 12 is the perfect example of this. It was...

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
12/11/17

When Modest Mussorgsky completed his Pictures at an Exhibition in 1874, it wasn’t the version for orchestra we hear most often. It was actually an incredibly difficult suite for solo piano. The...

Carl Goldmark: Violin Concerto no. 1 in a-minor Op. 28
12/07/17

Karl Goldmark was actually a self-taught composer – his formal musical studies actually focused on the violin, which he began playing at the age of 11. It’s fitting, then, that his most performed...

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
12/06/17

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 primary instrument was the piano, and he even...

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in d Op. 120
12/05/17

When it comes to Robert Schumann, his place as one of the masters of mid-nineteenth century piano music sometimes overshadows the work he did in other genres. One genre that was neglected over the...

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26
12/05/17

The Third Piano Concerto by Prokofiev was completed while he was on a vacation in France in the summer of 1921 right after the premier of his Scythian Suite in Paris. At that point, he had been...

12/04/17

When Claude Debussy was 50-years old, he wrote a letter to fellow French composer Edgard Varese stating, “I love pictures almost as much as music.” It’s no wonder he felt this way – after all,...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
11/30/17

The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The work is light and humorous, which was actually...

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
11/30/17

Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When Dvorak was about 50 years old, he left Europe to...

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
11/29/17

Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When Dvorak was about 50 years old, he left Europe to...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
11/29/17

The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The work is light and humorous, which was actually...

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73
11/27/17

Johannes Brahms took quite a bit of time to compose his first symphony – nearly 20 years – so it may have been a shock when he churned out his second symphony essentially overnight. He composed...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir of Florence Op. 70
11/27/17

Tchaikovsky is so well known for his “big” pieces – the symphonies, ballets, overtures, etc. – that one may not think too much of his chamber music. But he did, obviously have several hits: his...

Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Op. 11
11/23/17

Brahms Serenade No. 1 was almost not a serenade at all – the nature of the work earned the nickname of “Serenade-Symphony”, and the composer even adopted this term, though it doesn’t really feel...

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
11/22/17

We will be celebrating this Thanksgiving with our Evening Masterwork: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, now one of the most inspiring and symbolic works ever composed by an American composer....

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36
11/21/17

At the time of writing his Second Symphony, Beethoven had not yet transformed into the mythic, dramatic Romantic composer we know him as today… but he was definitely on his way. It was during this...

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in d
11/20/17

Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was left unfinished at the time of his death in 1896, but the work is hardly unfinished sounding. In fact, the three completed movements work just fine as a work on...

Camille Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op. 61
11/20/17

The Violin Concerto No. 3 is among a number of works Camille Saint-Saens composed for the virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate – and Sarasate premiered the work the same year the composer...

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Op. 88
11/16/17

Dvorak’s second-to-last symphony, the 8th Symphony, was a departure from the one that came before it. Whereas Dvorak’s Seventh was dramatic and somber, the Eighth is generally upbeat. In a lot of...

Thursday Masterwork with the Florida Orchestra
11/16/17

The mission of The Florida Orchestra is to enrich the life of the Tampa Bay area as it inspires, entertains and educates audiences with the unique experience of live symphonic music, ensuring that...

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in g Op. 25
11/14/17

The first Piano Quartet by Brahms both looks backwards and forwards. It’s a work that is reminiscent of the music of Schubert, a favorite composer of Brahms, but it also looks forward to the...