Classical Archives

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Jerry White Swing Band
03/13/19
On this date, March 13, in 2004 the great Tenor Luciano Pavarotti performed his final opera at the Met…it was Tosca. And around town today, you can...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.”...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
02/22/19
For a big part of his career, Rachmaninoff was criticized for being a 20th-century composer still rooted in 19th-century style. But towards the end...
Antonin Dvorak
02/21/19
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...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in c Op. 37
02/20/19
Sometimes composers like to cut it close when it comes to finishing pieces, and in the case of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, he didn’t really cut...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
02/19/19
Mozart completed his only clarinet concerto just two months prior to his death and it has become one of the most enduring works in the solo clarinet...
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in a Op. 56 “Scottish”
02/07/19
Felix Mendelssohn first got the idea for his third symphony while on a trip to Scotland. He was 20 years old at the time, and he wasn’t in any hurry...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
02/06/19
Tchaikovsky only has one chamber work featuring piano and strings: a Piano Trio, and initially, he had no interest in writing such a work. However,...
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Op. 35
02/05/19
This Evening’s Masterwork is the story of The Thousand and One Nights, the collection of Middle Eastern and Indian tales, turned into music. Rimsky-...
Karl Goldmark
02/04/19
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...