Program Archives

John Field: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat
04/19/19

It’s hard to tell whether or not John Field’s third piano concert was originally meant to be a multi-movement concerto or not: it’s in two movements, rather than three, and this decision may have...

Cesar Franck: Symphony in d-minor
04/15/19

The only symphony by Cesar Franck is a bit of a rarity these days, which might have come as a shock to concertgoers, conductors, and orchestras in the early-20th century. In the heyday of...

Alexander Borodin
04/12/19

It took Alexander Borodin nearly 8 years to complete his Second Symphony, and even after its premiere in 1877, the composer had to revise it because of its unpopularity. Nowadays, though, Bordin’s...

Ferde Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
04/08/19

When asked about his “Grand Canyon Suite” in a radio interview some-forty years after it was composed, American Composer Ferde Grofe reminisced about the moment the idea for the piece was born. He...

Sarasota Orchestra
04/02/19

This week’s Tuesday Evening Masterwork with the Sarasota Orchestra features Anu Tali’s penultimate concert as Music Director. The concert is, To Sarasota with Love, and it was a...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
03/29/19

We continue our week-long celebration of Mozart’s birth anniversary with his Third Violin Concerto, arguably the most popular of the composer’s five official violin concertos. In this work, Mozart...

Florida Orchestra Broadcast
03/28/19

For the second year in a row, listeners can tune in to live recordings of select Florida Orchestra Masterworks concerts on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 FM radio. Eleven concerts from the 2018-...

Robert Schumann
03/27/19

A lot of the time when you hear of a work of music having a nickname, for example, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, that nickname was given by the publisher, not the composer. But in the case of...

Johannes Brahms
03/25/19

Johannes Brahms completed his String Quartet in G major halfway through 1890, when he was 57 years old, and at the time he thought it would be his final composition. He decided that piece...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92
03/22/19

The premiere of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was perhaps the most wildly successful of his career, and the work received repeat performances 3 times in the 10 weeks following the concert. The work...

Johann Sebastian Bach
03/21/19

Today is the birth anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach, and we are celebrating with his expansive and ambitious solo keyboard work, the Goldberg Variations. The Variations were actually not even...

Johannes Brahms
03/20/19

In his own words, Brahms described his Second Piano concerto as “very small,” featuring a “very small and pretty scherzo.” “Very small” is a bit off the mark – Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto...

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations Op. 36
03/18/19

The story goes that after a long day of teaching, Edward Elgar arrived at his home and sat down at the piano to play a little bit… and what he came up with would become the Enigma Variations...

Antonin Dvorak
03/14/19

The Symphony No. 5 by Dvorak was, in fact, a turning point for the composer. It is the true mark that the composer had left the days of his symphonic apprenticeship behind him, finally...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
03/13/19

The year 1784 was the busiest year of Mozart’s life, and it was the same year that prompted Mozart to start cataloging his works in detail. It’s also the year that he composed the Piano...

Tuesday Masterwork with the Sarasota Orchestra
03/12/19

This week’s Tuesday Masterwork with the Sarasota Orchestra was recorded in January of this year and features a program called Summer to Winter, with Music Director Anu Tali...

Johannes Brahms
03/11/19

For Johannes Brahms, the symphony was the ultimate test of a composer’s abilities and the most suitable way of creating a legacy. And at one point the composer even said that he would never write...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
03/08/19

Tchaikovsky was pretty busy during the autumn of 1880. He was working on two pieces back-to-back, and to the composer, they were total opposites. One was an overture that he said he wrote “without...

Edvard Grieg
03/07/19

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...

Jean Sibelius
03/06/19

The Symphony No. 6 in d minor by Jean Sibelius is often overlooked compared to his other symphonies, but to many that are truly familiar with the composer’s work, it is his finest...

Louis Spohr
03/01/19

The Nonet by Louis Spohr was composed under unusual conditions. Spohr wrote the work for the wealthy Viennese cloth manufacturer Johann von Tost, who had also commissioned several string...

Franz Schubert
02/28/19

Out of all of Franz Schubert’s string quartets, the String Quartet No. 13 is the only one that was published in the composer’s lifetime. It is actually a fairly dark work, at least at the...

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 in d Op. 13
02/27/19

While Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony is seen as a masterwork today, the story surrounding its premiere left a bit of a shadow on Rachmaninoff’s career. The story goes that during the premiere, the...

02/26/19

Classical WSMR is proud to present the Sarasota Orchestra’s 70th anniversary season on our Tuesday Masterwork with the Sarasota Orchestra. This week it’s the first Masterworks concert of...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
02/25/19

One of the first critics to write about Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony noted that the orchestration was “essentially modern, and even ultra-modern.” This was ten years after the composer completed...