Classical Archives

Last Night of the BBC Proms
09/29/17
BBC Symphony Orchestra BBC Symphony Chorus BBC Singers Sakari Oramo - Conductor Nina Stemme - Soprano Lucy Crowe - Soprano Christine Rice - Mezzo-...
Then & Now 9/29:  One Last Time
09/29/17
On this date in 1918, Gustav Holst’s The Planets had its premiere at a private concert at Queen's Hall, London, under the direction of Adrian Boult....
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C
09/28/17
The String Quintet in C by Franz Schubert was composed in the final weeks of his life. It’s rather unique in that rather than writing for a string...
Then & Now 9/28:  New Music
09/28/17
On this date in 2007, Conductor Philip Brunelle was presented with the "Champion of New Music" Award by the American Composers Forum at their Annual...
Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
09/27/17
The story of Pulcinella did not originate with Stravinsky, nor did it really originate with the great Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev (though he...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in c “Tragic”
09/26/17
No one really knows why Franz Schubert subtitled his Fourth Symphony “tragic:” some believe it was perhaps an attempt to attract a publisher, or...
Then & Now 9/26:  On Broadway
09/26/17
On this date in 1957, Leonard Bernstein’s musical "West Side Story," premiered at the Winter Garden in New York City. A trial run of the musical had...
Vassili Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 2 in A
09/25/17
The story of Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov is a tragically short one, not unlike the story of many artists throughout the ages. He lived a...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Op. 53 “Waldstein”
09/25/17
Beethoven completed his 21st Piano Sonata in 1804, dedicating it to his friend and patron Count Ferdinand von Waldstein - hence the sonata’s nickname...
Then & Now 9/25:  Parlez-vous Français?
09/25/17
On this date in 1997, French composer and pianist Jean Françaix, died at the age of 85, in Paris. The composer himself said that his family name is...
Then & Now 9/22:  Jewish Themed Music
09/22/17
On this date in 1964, Jerry Bock’s musical "Fiddler On the Roof" opened on Broadway.  It would ran for 3,242 performances before closing. This Sunday...
Then & Now 9/21:  From Holst to Holt
09/22/17
On this date in 1874, English composer Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham. He was born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, and his early works were...
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat, Op. 99
09/21/17
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...
William Alwyn: Lyra Angelica
09/20/17
English composer William Alwyn was a bit of a Renaissance artist: not only was he a composer, he also wrote poetry and painted at an exceptional...
Then & Now 9/18: Discover the Flute!
09/20/17
On this date in 1954, Virgil Thomson’s Concerto for flute, strings and percussion, had its premiere in Venice. You can hear a concert featuring the...
Then & Now 9/20: Music From London
09/20/17
On this date in 1930, the first public performance of Elgar’s "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 5 took place at Queen's Hall in London, with Sir...
Then & Now 9/19: Romance of the Cello
09/20/17
On this date in 1894, the Brahms two Clarinet Sonatas were premiered at a private performance in the home of the sister of the Duke of Meiningen with...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
09/19/17
When the 29-year-old Beethoven composed and published his First Symphony, many listened on, oblivious to how the composer would soon transform the...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 16 in D, K. 451
09/18/17
Mozart’s time in Vienna kept him busy with concerts, commissions, and teaching engagements, and naturally all of this and more made him the local...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b “Unfinished”
09/18/17
There are traces of what might have been the finished Symphony No. 8 in other works by Franz Schubert. For example, there’s some incidental music...
09/14/17
Hurricane Irma has left the state. Now, the cleanup begins. From downed tree limbs to damaged household items like appliances and furniture. Every...
09/14/17
Eight out of every 10 homes in Polk County were without power in the aftermath of Irma, whose eye swirled directly over the western part of the...
09/13/17
Many Tampa Bay-area public school districts are not resuming classes until next week, as they assess damage from Hurricane Irma. Learn more.
Antonin Dvorak: Moravian Duets
09/07/17
Today is the birth anniversary of Antonin Dvorak and we are celebrating with the Moravian Duets. The Moravian Duets actually consist of 23 songs...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Op. 83
09/07/17
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...