Classical Archives

Richard Strauss
05/24/19
After World War I, Richard Strauss turned to the music of Francois Couperin for inspiration. Couperin, in his lifetime, composed more than 300 short...
Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration
05/22/19
Richard Strauss’s tone poem Death and Transfiguration is a departure from his previous tone poems in a variety of ways. In this one, Strauss creates...
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
05/21/19
Felix Mendelssohn famously regarded his five mature symphonies with unease: after the premiere of his “Reformation” Symphony, he laid it aside and...
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No. 2
05/20/19
The concerto as a genre seemed to speak to composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco much more than the symphony: he once said, “I found that the form of...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92
05/17/19
The premiere of the Piano Trio in B-flat by Beethoven – known as the “Archduke” trio – was one of the final concerts the composer performed in as a...
Harold in Italy
05/15/19
In the early 1830s, French composer Hector Berlioz won the Prix de Rome, a prize instituted by the French government, which allowed him to spend more...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D “Clock”
05/14/19
The Evening Masterwork tonight is Franz Joseph Haydn’s 101st Symphony, nicknamed the “Clock” symphony. As is normally the case, the nickname did not...
Edward MacDowell
05/13/19
Although MacDowell was an American composer, he wrote his Piano Concerto No. 2 in Germany in 1884 – and, actually, much of his musical output is more...
Robert Schumann: Carnival Op. 9
05/10/19
Originally a work for solo piano, Robert Schumann’s Carnival is a sort of musical autobiography made up of 20 short character pieces. In the work,...
Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in f Op. 21
05/06/19
As we often hear about of music from the 18th and 19th centuries, the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Frederic Chopin was actually composed prior to what we...
Franz Joseph Haydn
05/03/19
Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 is famously nicknamed the “Surprise” symphony for obvious reasons: in the second movement, a sweet-sounding...
Isaac Albeniz: Iberia Suite
05/01/19
Iberia was originally a solo piano work by Isaac Albeniz that features a “wealth of imagery,” according to the composer’s French contemporaries. The...
Franz Joseph Haydn
04/26/19
At the start of 1791, when Franz Joseph Haydn arrived in England, he was already the most famous composer in Europe, and had been for a few years. It...
Igor Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
04/24/19
When ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev was looking for a composer to score his 1910 ballet The Firebird, he tried to give the commission for a new...
Johannes Brahms
04/22/19
Evidently, it took Brahms two years to complete his Second Piano Trio, but once he completed it he was thrilled about the result. It’s a work that...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...