Classical Archives

Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3
04/02/18
In 1944, Aaron Copland set out to compose, in his own words, a piece that would “reflect the euphoric spirit of the country” at that time – that was...
Then & Now 4/2:  Beethoven’s First Symphony
04/02/18
It’s April 2nd and on this date in musical history, Beethoven’s First Symphony premiered.  He was 29-years-old.  And he didn’t disguise his musical...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 17 “Little Russian”
03/29/18
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...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, “Drum Roll”
03/28/18
The Symphony No. 103 was the second-to-last symphony Franz Joseph Haydn ever wrote, and audiences and critics loved it. One newspaper reported that...
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No. 2
03/27/18
The concerto as a genre seemed to speak to composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco much more than the symphony: he once said, “I found that the form of...
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Op. 35
03/27/18
This Evening’s Masterwork is the story of The Thousand and One Nights, the collection of Middle Eastern and Indian tales, turned into music. Rimsky-...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D
03/26/18
In 1815, when Franz Schubert was only 18-years old, he was working full-time, year-round as a school teacher, taking twice-weekly composition lessons...
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...