Classical Archives

Sunday Baroque 3/25:  Vivaldi’s SPRING Concerto
03/24/18
Hour 1: Georg Philipp Telemann was an outstanding musician who could play many different instruments … he was also a prolific composer, AND a savvy...
Oregon Symphony: Carlos Kalmar - Conductor
03/23/18
Carlos Kalmar - Conductor [Photo: NPR:Leah Nash/Oregon Symphony] Susan Platts - Mezzo-Soprano Portland State University & Pacific Youth Choirs...
George W. Chadwick: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Op. 21
03/22/18
George W. Chadwick’s music is distinctly American – and his music was catalyzed by the “American sounding” music of Dvorak. One of the truest...
Ferde Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
03/21/18
When asked about his “Grand Canyon Suite” in a radio interview some-forty years after it was composed, American Composer Ferde Grofe reminisced about...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Op. 60
03/20/18
Beethoven’s even-numbered symphonies are often overshadowed by their odd-numbered neighbors. Robert Schumann even referred to Beethoven’s Fourth...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in g-minor
03/19/18
Rachmaninoff settled down in the United States in 1921 after leaving revolutionary Russia, and something about the United States must have been...
Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in d Op. 21
03/19/18
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...
Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in d Op. 21
03/19/18
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...
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Op. 99
03/15/18
Little is known about Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, except for the fact that in his life time, the first trio was overshadowed by its...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in c Op. 67
03/14/18
There may not be a classical masterwork more iconic than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. But it took a while for the piece to reach its current status....
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C K 425 “Linz”
03/13/18
We, of course, know that Mozart was a remarkable composer, but this evening’s masterwork was a remarkable feat for even Mozart. It’s his Symphony No...
03/12/18
On this date in 1845, Felix Mendelssohn’s only Violin Concerto was premiered. He completed the work in 1844, and to this day it is one of the most...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b Op. 74 “Pathetique”
03/12/18
There is much intrigue surrounding Tchaikovsky’s final symphony. In it, Tchaikovsky had developed a “private” and unpublished program – a narrative...
Sunday Baroque: Georg Philipp Telemann
03/10/18
Hour 1: Georg Philipp Telemann lived to the ripe old age of 86, outliving most of his contemporaries and actively composing almost to the end. He was...
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Pekka Kuusisto - Director
03/09/18
Pekka Kuusisto - Director and Violin [Photo: Kaapo Kamu] This charming concert is all about time - and features Pekka Kuusisto as both soloist and...
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Concerto No. 3 in b-minor Op. 89
03/08/18
Johann Hummel’s piano sonatas are usually considered his most interesting compositions, but the piano concertos he produced are also an important...
Then & Now 3/8:  Rachmaninoff
03/08/18
On this date in 1896, Rachmaninoff’s symphonic fantasy "The Rock," had its premiere in Moscow. You can hear a much more familiar Rachmaninoff piece...
Gang Chen / Zhanhao He: The Butterfly Lovers (Concerto for Violin)
03/06/18
Long before Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet, a similar story of star-crossed lovers emerged from China. It’s the story of forbidden love that...
Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in c Op 78 “Organ”
03/05/18
Although Camille Saint-Saens is often considered a conservative composer for his time, his Third Symphony is all but conservative. It’s highly...
Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy Op. 16
03/05/18
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...
Live Performacne Promo - Sarasota Opera
03/05/18
Sarasota Opera’s production of Carmen is underway, and cast members from the opera will be singing for you live on the radio this Wednesday afternoon...
Houston Symphony: Matthew Halls - Conductor
03/02/18
Matthew Halls - Conductor Johannes Moser - Cello [Photo: Uwe Arens] Cellist Johannes Moser shines in a performance of Haydn's elegant Cello Concerto...
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in a Op. 129
03/01/18
Our evening masterwork tonight is Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto, which kind of has an interesting origin. During the time Schumann was coming of...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A K 622
02/27/18
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...