Classical Archives

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
06/11/18
Antonin Dvorak was born in what is now the Czech Republic, but in 1892, when he was about 50 years old, the composer moved to America to be the...
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)
06/11/18
The Mermaid by Alexander von Zemilinsky was premiered on a concert in January of 1905 alongside a piece by the composer’s brother-in-law, Arnold...
Then & Now 6/11: Summer from Vivaldi
06/11/18
The movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey” helped to cement the fame of Composer Richard Strauss’ music with the use of his tone poem, “Also Sprach...
Sunday Baroque 6/10: George Frideric Handel
06/09/18
Hour 1: According to one legend, George Frideric Handel substituted for the regular church organist after services one day. But Handel’s playing was...
New York Philharmonic: Alan Gilbert - Conductor
06/08/18
Alan Gilbert - Conductor [Photo: NPR/ Andrew Toth/Getty Images] Emanuel Ax - Piano It doesn't get any better than this - Emanuel Ax playing Brahms...
Clarinet, Viola and Piano Trio
06/08/18
Long before there was a candy named Skittles, there was a game named skittles.  It started in Europe as a lawn bowling game and still survives these...
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Op. 26
06/07/18
Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto had quite the evolution, having first been completed and performed in 1866, but withdrawn by the composer out of...
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 in D
06/06/18
Between 1938 and 1943, Ralph Vaughan Williams was quite busy on a variety of musical projects, including his earliest film scores, an opera, and...
Edouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in d minor
06/05/18
Although Edouard Lalo was a Frenchman, he was of Spanish of decent: he’s most famous for his Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, and...
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in d-minor
06/04/18
The Second Piano Concerto by Mendelssohn is a characteristic work from the composer: dramatic themes, virtuosic displays, and even some meditative...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Op. 35
06/04/18
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...
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
06/01/18
Maureen Nelson – Violin [Photo: Courtesy of the artist] The musician-led Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra gives a sunny performance of Mendelssohn's...
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F, K. 370
05/31/18
Mozart created a real showpiece for the oboe in this work.  It was written in Munich, where he had met an oboist who is described as extraordinary. ...
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Op. 35
05/29/18
The story goes that when Erich Korngold was a young boy, his father showed his first compositions to Gustav Mahler – who responded to the young...
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in b
05/29/18
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...
Sunday Baroque Listings: May 27, 2018
05/26/18
Hour 1: “Battaglia” is the Italian word for battle, and in music it refers to a composition that portrays the sounds and emotions of a battle. It was...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125 “Choral”
05/23/18
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, whether he wanted it to or not, pushed the envelope forward in the world of Western Classical Music. Wagner once argued...
Then & Now 5/22: Let's Have Chinese!
05/23/18
On this date in1999, the Houston Symphony, led by Christoph Eschenbach, gave the first performance of a work by the Chinese composer Bright Sheng.  “...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto in C major, K 299
05/22/18
In 1778, a 22 year old Mozart arrived in Paris with his mother after a prolonged stay in Mannheim. It was upon his arrival that he received a...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in f Op. 34
05/21/18
The Piano Quintet in f minor by Johannes Brahms had a bit of a rocky history. First, Brahms imagined the work as a string quintet, but violinist...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat
05/21/18
Franz Schubert was quite the busy-body when he was 17. He had a full-time job as a teaching assistant, he attended lessons with Antonio Salieri twice...
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,...