Classical Archives

Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 1 in F
11/09/17
During the days of Brahms, there were two composers who were the model composers of the String Quintet genre: Schubert, who added a cello to the...
Then & Now 11/7:  Instruments on Exhibition
11/08/17
On this date in 1924, the American premiere of Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” was given by the Boston Symphony,...
Claude Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande Concert Suite
11/07/17
French composer Claude Debussy was born on this date in 1862, and we are celebrating tonight with our Evening Masterwork. The composer is best known...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e Op. 64
11/06/17
The Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky is classic Tchaikovsky: it is steeped in European compositional technique and standard, though a Russian flavor...
Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F “American”
11/06/17
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...
 Live Performance 11/8: Sarasota Studio - Dvorak Cello Concerto
11/06/17
The Sarasota Orchestra opens its Masterworks season with a program featuring the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutierrez...
Then & Now 11/6: Cello
11/06/17
On this date in 1953 Nikolaus Nakokov’s Cello Concerto had its premiere with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by  Eugene Ormandy. You can hear a...
Los Angeles Philharmonic: Piano - Yuja Wang
11/03/17
Gustavo Dudamel - Conductor Yuja Wang - Piano [Photo: ru Yildiz/NPR] Piano superstar Yuja Wang dazzles in a performance of Bartok's fiendishly...
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor Op. 54
11/01/17
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...
Franz Schubert: Octet for Strings & Winds in F
10/31/17
In his own words, Franz Schubert essentially said that the only reason he started out to write his Octet for Strings & Winds was so he could...
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
10/30/17
Today is the 500th Anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg – it...
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43
10/30/17
In the early-part of the 20th Century, composers like Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok were doing pioneering work in forms outside...
Then & Now 10/27:  A Birhtday Gift For YOU!
10/27/17
On this date in 1782, Italian composer and violinist Niccolò Paganini was born.  And to celebrate we have a birthday gift for you!  It’s Rachel...
Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in d Op. 21
10/26/17
Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole is a quirky sort of piece as far as its structure goes: it is part symphony but mostly concerto. It’s also filled...
Then & Now 10/26:  Mass Appeal
10/26/17
On this date in 1783, Mozart’s Mass in C minor had its premiere in St. Peter's Church, Salzburg, with the composer conducting and his wife, Constanze...
Cesar Franck: Symphony in d-minor
10/25/17
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...
Then & Now 10/25:  Operatic Premieres
10/25/17
Several operas had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1823, Weber’s opera "Euryanthe," had its first performance in Vienna.  In 1848, it was Verdi’...
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations Op. 36
10/25/17
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...
Then and Now 10/24:  With Much Fanfare!
10/25/17
On this date in 1997, John Coriglianos "DC Fanfare," had its premiere in Washington, D.C., with the National Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting....
Reinhold Gliere: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 25
10/23/17
Reinhold Gliere’s Second Symphony is steeped in the typical musical language of 19th Century Russian composition, and also features a sort of...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C K. 415
10/23/17
For Mozart, one of the primary sources of income he had when he first moved to Vienna was the subscription concert. And for these concerts, the best...
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 - the "English" Symphony
10/20/17
Join Russell Gant for our nightly masterwork featuring the Sibelius Symphony No. 3, which is occasionally referred to as the "English" Symphony,...
Then & Now 10/20:  Operatic Premieres!
10/20/17
Several operas received their premieres on this date.  In 1842 it was Wagner’s"Rienzi," in 1847, Lortzing’s opera "Undine" had its first performance...
Then & Now 10/19:  Bach to Stravinsky
10/19/17
On this date in 1933, the German conductor and composer Otto Klemperer led his first concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program included...
Vassili Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1
10/19/17
Vassili Kalinnikov composed his First Symphony shortly after resigning from his post as the second conductor of the Italian Opera in Moscow. He...