Classical Archives

Sunday Baroque Listings: May 20, 2018
05/18/18
Hour 1: For 12 years, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann had exclusive use of a 1711 Stradivarias violin nicknamed the *“Lady Inchiquin” that had been...
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
05/16/18
Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 marked a new way of working for the composer. As a young composer, Schumann was a gifted improviser on the piano,...
Then & Now, 5/16: Bedrich Smetana
05/16/18
On this date in musical history, in 1868, Bedrich Smetana’s opera Dalibor made its premiere in Prague.   And around town this Saturday, you can hear...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C K 551 “Jupiter”
05/15/18
The Jupiter Symphony is the largest and most complex symphony Mozart composed, completed in 1788. The symphony is characterized by its good humor,...
Then & Now, 5/15: Royal Italian Opera
05/15/18
It's Tuesday, May 15th.  On this date in musical history, the Royal Italian Opera opened at London's Covent Garden in 1858.   And later this week,...
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy Op. 46
05/14/18
When you think about concert music based off of Scottish fiddle tunes, you probably wouldn’t think that one of the best known pieces using those...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor”
05/14/18
In May of 1809, Napoleon’s army began to besiege Vienna.  Despite this, a 39-year old Beethoven refused to leave the city, instead seeking shelter...
Then & Now 5/14: Felix Mendelssohn's Hebrides
05/14/18
On this date in music history, Felix Mendelssohn's Hebrides overture, also known as the overture to Fingal's cave premiered in London...in 1832.  It...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21
05/10/18
When the 29-year-old Beethoven composed and published his First Symphony, many listened on, oblivious to how the composer would soon transform the...
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43
05/09/18
In the early-part of the 20th Century, composers like Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok were doing pioneering work in forms outside...
Cesar Franck: Symphony in d-minor
05/08/18
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...
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
05/08/18
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...
Dominic Walker: Berlin and Bacharach
05/07/18
This week we’ll focus on two composers born this week in history, who have both significantly impacted the Great American Songbook: Irving Berlin,...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d-minor
05/07/18
Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is famous for many reasons, one of which being the level of difficulty it presents to pianists. The notes on the...
Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor
05/06/18
Czech composer Antonin Dvorak wrote his beloved cello concerto while working in the US as director of the National Conservatory in New York. He had...
Frederick Delius: Florida Suite
05/02/18
Frederick Delius composed his Florida Suite in 1886 while working on an orange plantation not far from Jacksonville.  Delius actually only heard the...
Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F “American”
05/01/18
Our Evening Masterwork tonight is Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F which was inspired by his time in America. At the time Dvorak composed this...
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
04/30/18
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...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Op. 61
04/26/18
When Beethoven was composing his only Violin Concerto, there was a bit of foot-dragging on the composer’s part. This casualness was apparently a...
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in c
04/25/18
The Symphony No. 8 by Anton Bruckner would be the last symphony the composer would complete. And while he came close to completing the finale of his...
John Field: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat
04/24/18
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...
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat
04/23/18
There is a moment in the first movement of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony that is akin to a sunrise, and the composer described it better than anyone else...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat
04/23/18
The year 1816 was a busy time for the 19-year old Franz Schubert. He was highly productive, writing about 125 songs, and then over 50 works for...
Berlin Philharmonic: Marek Janowski - Conductor
04/20/18
Marek Janowski - Conductor {Photo: Courtesy of the artist] It's music perhaps more suited for a cathedral than a concert hall - Anton Bruckner's...
Carl Goldmark: Violin Concerto No. 1 in a Op. 28
04/19/18
Carl Goldmark was actually a self-taught composer – his formal musical studies actually focused on the violin, which he began playing at the age of...