Program Archives

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D “Clock”
06/20/17

This evening’s masterwork is Haydn’s 101st Symphony, nicknamed the “Clock” symphony. As is normally the case, the nickname did not come from the composer. The symphony acquired its nickname...

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 4 in e-minor Op. 90 “Dumky”
06/20/17

 Folk music, or at least folk-like style, is a focal point in much of the music Dvorak produced, and this is quite evident in his final piano trio, the Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, or “Dumky.” It...

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb, Op. 21
06/15/17

Antonin Dvorak composed two piano trios in 1871, both of which were lost, so the third trio he wrote we now know as the Piano Trio No. 1. Dvorak composed the work in 1875, a productive year for...

Sarasota Music Festival Concert *hosted by Russell Gant*
06/14/17

Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9. will bring you a broadcast of the Sarasota Music Festival’s first “Saturday Symphony” concert recorded at the Sarasota Opera House.  Listen tonight at 7:00 as the...

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C “The Great”
06/13/17

Franz Schubert’s ninth symphony was completed in 1828, the year of the composer’s death. The symphony is sometimes considered Schubert’s greatest work, and sadly the composer did not get to hear...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Op. 35
06/12/17

The story goes that Tchaikovsky once had a childhood nightmare in which he was violently being rubbed against a giant brick of rosin, and this resulted in an uneasy relationship with the violin...

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor Op. 54
06/12/17

Robert Schumann’s only piano concerto was not always a concerto: in 1841 the composer produced a Fantaisie in a-minor for piano and orchestra, which later evolved into the first movement of his...

Reinhold Gliere: Symphony No. 1
06/09/17

This Saturday’s Evening Masterwork was said to have an “obtrusively Russian style”.  Those were the words of Alexander Glazunov.  And he had good reason for that description, the Symphony No. 1...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No. 6 in E-flat K 614
06/08/17

The String Quintet No. 6 is the second to last chamber work that Mozart would compose before his death in 1791. Like the quintets that came before it, the Sixth Quintet is composed for two violins...

Ottorino Respighi: Roman Festivals
06/07/17

Roman Festivals by Ottorino Respighi fits into his Roman Triptych, alongside The Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. It is programmatic music at its most literal: Respighi paints, musically, the...

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, “Drum Roll”
06/06/17

The Symphony No. 103 was the second-to-last symphony Franz Joseph Haydn ever wrote, and audiences and critics loved it. One newspaper reported that the symphony, “as usual, had continual strokes...

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, “Drum Roll”
06/06/17

The Symphony No. 103 was the second-to-last symphony Franz Joseph Haydn ever wrote, and audiences and critics loved it. One newspaper reported that the symphony, “as usual, had continual strokes...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in g-minor K 183
06/05/17

Mozart composed only two symphonies in a minor key, both of them in g-minor. Adding to this unusualness is the use of four horns, as opposed to two, in both of these symphonies to add a certain...

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Op. 47
06/05/17

The year 1842 was a year of chamber music for Robert Schumann: he completed three string quartets, a piano trio, a piano quartet, and a piano quintet all in a short span of time. It makes sense...

Mozart’s symphony no 28
06/04/17

Mozart’s symphony no 28 was written for his hometown audience in Salzburg. It’s one of several symphonies the teenaged Mozart wrote under the influence of his good friend Michael Haydn who...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
06/02/17

The Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky is certainly one of the most famous and most loved concertos in the entire classical music repertoire.  But in its early days, not everyone shared that love...

Chen Gang and He Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers, concert for violin
06/01/17

Long before Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet, a similar story of star-crossed lovers emerged from China. It’s the story of forbidden love that ends in suicide, except in this version, after...

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e
06/01/17

When Brahms completed his fourth and final symphony, many of his contemporaries didn’t quite understand the work. His closest companions got it, though, and they knew very well that the composer...

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 “The Inextinguishable”
05/30/17

Danish composer Carl Nielsen believed that music is life – and his Symphony No. 4 is a musical manifesto to that belief. It was composed between 1914 and 1916, at the beginning of World War One,...

Gabriel Faure: Requiem
05/28/17

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Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration
05/27/17

Richard Strauss’ third tone poem tells of a man who, in his dying hours, goes over the many memories of his efforts to achieve high, artistic ideals. It’s called Death and Transfiguration...

Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14
05/26/17

Saturday night’s masterwork is a chamber work that is said to be Beethoven's favorite of his late quartets, and apparently it got the attention of several other composers as well.  Franz Schubert ...

George W. Chadwick: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Op. 21
05/25/17

George W. Chadwick’s music is distinctly American – and his music was catalyzed by the “American sounding” music of Dvorak. One of the truest hallmarks of Chadwick’s output was the scherzo, and...

05/24/17

Reinhold Gliere was only two years younger than Rachmaninoff, and in a lot of ways, his music shows it. Gliere’s music is firmly rooted in the Russian cosmopolitan style – but one major difference...

Vincent d’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air
05/23/17

The Symphony on a French Mountain Air by Vincent d’Indy does not enjoy the popularity it did in the composer’s life time – it is now all too rare to hear the work featured on a program. But it was...