Program Archives

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K297b
04/13/18

Not a symphony, not a concerto, it’...

Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, “The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”
04/11/18

Composer Henryk Gorecki grew up in a town not far from the notorious World War Two concentration camp, Auschwitz, in Poland.

Historians believe more than a million people died or were...

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 114, “Trout.”
04/11/18

Franz Schubert was well known for his songs, set to poetry.  One of the most famous of these is his song, “The Trout.”  The words of the song were written by a man with a similar-sounding last...

Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G, “Military”
04/09/18

Haydn was kind of down in the dumps around the time he wrote this. He was still Kapellmeister for Prince Esterhazy, but there were no duties to go along with that.  His dear friend Mozart had died...

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in d-minor, Op. 47
04/09/18

It took decades and the great violinist Jascha Heifitz to record it before the Sibelius Violin Concerto caught on after its premiere in the early 20th Century.  Now it’s firmly established in the...

Isaac Albeniz: Iberia Suite
04/04/18

Iberia was originally a solo piano work by Isaac Albeniz that features a “wealth of imagery,” according to the composer’s French contemporaries. The work took three years to compose, totaling...

Max Bruch: Symphony No. 3
04/03/18

Max Bruch’s third and final Symphony may have been composed when he was 45-years old, but he said much of the work is based on material from “my freshest and happiest of youth.” He had also...

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Op. 83
04/02/18

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 the mark – Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No...

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 his Symphony No. 3. This also happened to be at...

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 distinction is not the length of the work – it is...

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 the symphony, “as usual, had continual strokes...

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 the Concerto did better correspond to my...

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-Korsakov completed Scheherazade in 1888, a work...

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, and teaching his own students privately on...

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 hallmarks of Chadwick’s output was the scherzo, and...

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 the moment the idea for the piece was born. He...

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 Symphony as a “slender Greek maiden between two...

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 uninspiring to the composer: between 1918 and 1926,...

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 with Spanish-type idioms, as one would expect...

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 with Spanish-type idioms, as one would expect...

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. In his lifetime, Beethoven was known more for...

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. 36, which he composed from start to finish and...

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 frequently performed of all violin concerti. The...

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 that only the composer knew about, but he drew...