Classical Archives

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op. 101
07/27/17
The Second Cello Concerto that Franz Joseph Haydn composed is much more relaxed than the first, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t...
Johan Sebastian Bach
07/27/17
On this date in 1733, J.S. Bach sent a letter to Frederic Augustus, Elector of Saxony, requesting an official title to bolster his reputation in...
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
07/26/17
Robert Schumann suffered all kinds of ailments throughout his lifetime – auditory hallucinations, depression, and even bipolar disorder. But in 1845...
Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
07/26/17
Richard Strauss was affected in many ways by World War II and Nazi Germany, but nothing affected him quite as much as the bombing of the Munich...
Richard Wagner
07/26/17
On this date in 1882, the first performance of Richard Wagner's new opera "Parsifal" took place at the Bayreuth Festival in Bavaria. The eminent...
Samuel Barber
07/25/17
On this date in 1937, Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 was performed at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, by the Vienna Philharmonic. This was...
Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Op. 81
07/24/17
Dvorak composed his second Piano Quintet No. 2 in 1887, a work that shares the same instrumentation and key as its younger counterpart, the Piano...
Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival
07/24/17
On this date in 1983, Elisabetta Brusa’s  Fables for Chamber Orchestra, had its premiere given by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  Tanglewood...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
07/24/17
The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The...
07/23/17
Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were...
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21
07/23/17
Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were...
Houston Symphony: Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor
07/21/17
Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor Martin Helmchen - Piano Mark Hughes - Trumpet From the great state of Texas, a concert featuring works that...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
07/21/17
Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K. 581
07/19/17
No one is sure why Mozart was tasked to compose his Clarinet Quintet in A, though it was first premiered at the end of 1789 at a benefit concert for...
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
07/18/17
Manuel De Falla composed his work for piano and orchestra, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, during the First World War, but the conception of the...
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in a Op. 63
07/18/17
From the very beginning, Jean Sibelius regarded his fourth symphony as the start of a new direction for his work. As he began writing the work in...
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
07/17/17
When Modest Mussorgsky completed his Pictures at an Exhibition in 1874, it wasn’t the version for orchestra we hear most often. It was actually an...
Oregon Symphony: Carlos Kalmar - Conductor
07/14/17
Carlos Kalmar - Conductor Natasha Paremski - Piano From the left coast, a beautiful concert that includes a real crowd-pleaser - The Planets....
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 17 “Little Russian”
07/13/17
Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, or the “Little Russian” as it has come to be known as, is the shortest of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. However, its...
Richard Strauss: Sonatina No. 1 for Winds “From an Invalid’s Workshop”
07/12/17
The Sonatina No. 1 for winds by Richard Strauss is a work the composer completed late in his life – in 1943 – at a time when he was recovering from...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 1 in D Op. 82
07/11/17
Franz Schubert was just 16 when he completed his First Symphony, and it was one of the composer’s best pieces to date. The Symphony No. 1 came after...
Edouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in d minor
07/10/17
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...
Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Piano & Cello in a-minor
07/10/17
Johannes Brahms completed his String Quartet in G major halfway through 1890, when he was 57 years old, and at the time he thought it would be his...
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3
07/09/17
You’re going to hear music that sounds like it’s telling you a story. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 is so rich that it conjures images and characters...
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25
07/07/17
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 is the last of his twelve great piano concertos written in Vienna between 1784 and 1786. Mozart performed it on...