Classical Archives

Then & Now 12/18: Classical WSMR Presents TFO!
12/18/17
On this date in 1795, it was the possible premiere of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, in Vienna at a concert organized by Haydn to perform...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c Op. 68
12/14/17
Brahms notoriously put off composing his symphonies and string quartets, offering the excuse “You can’t have any idea what it’s like always to hear...
Then & Now 12/14: Master Chorale
12/14/17
On this date in 1997, American choral composer Morten Lauridsen’s “Ave Maria” was premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with Paul Salamunovich...
Then & Now 12/13:  Choral Resurrections
12/14/17
On this date in 1895, Gustav Mahler conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in the first complete performance of his own Symphony No. 2, known as the "...
Florida Orchestra Broadcast: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
12/13/17
Classical WSMR is presenting a series of concerts, recorded live as part of our Evening Masterwork. Join your host, Russell Gant, tonight at 7:00 for...
Then & Now 12/12:  Let's Dance!
12/12/17
On this date in 1920, Ravel’s "La Valse" was performed for the first time by the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris.  Ravel said that he intended the work...
Then & Now 12/12:  Let's Dance!
12/12/17
On this date in 1920, Ravel’s "La Valse" was performed for the first time by the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris.  Ravel said that he intended the work...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58
12/12/17
In 1806 Beethoven composed his Fourth Piano Concerto, the final one the composer would premiere as the pianist. At this time, the instrument was in a...
12/11/17
When it comes to Mozart’s music, generally speaking, the key of A major was often times used to showcase lyricism and serenity, and his Piano...
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
12/11/17
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...
Then and Now: 12/8 - Beethoven’s 7th Symphony
12/08/17
It was on this date, December 8th, 1813 that Beethoven’s 7th Symphony premiered. And coming up on January 5th, you can celebrate Classical WSMR and...
Buffalo Philharmonic: JoAnn Falletta - Conductor
12/08/17
JoAnn Falletta - Conductor Fabio Bidini - Piano We're off to Buffalo for a wintry, all-Tchaikovsky concert. TCHAIKOVSKY: Sleeping Beauty Suite...
Carl Goldmark: Violin Concerto no. 1 in a-minor Op. 28
12/07/17
Karl Goldmark was actually a self-taught composer – his formal musical studies actually focused on the violin, which he began playing at the age of...
Then & Now 12/7: Lou Harrison
12/07/17
On this date in 1975, the Oakland, California, Youth Orchestra gave the first performance of a symphony by a Bay area resident, American composer Lou...
Five O'clock Unwind: Jack Gallagher’s Berceuse
12/07/17
Today’s “Five O’clock Unwind” has been called by Fanfare Magazine, “so beautiful it could make you cry.”  Well, we aren’t hoping to bring on the...
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
12/06/17
Edvard Grieg composed one of his most important masterpieces at age 25: the Piano Conerto in a minor. It’s rather fitting, since the composer’s...
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in d Op. 120
12/05/17
When it comes to Robert Schumann, his place as one of the masters of mid-nineteenth century piano music sometimes overshadows the work he did in...
Then & Now 12/5:  A Close Call!
12/05/17
On this date in 1704, the 19 year old George Frideric Handel refused to turn over the harpsichord to Johann Mattheson during a performance of...
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26
12/05/17
The Third Piano Concerto by Prokofiev was completed while he was on a vacation in France in the summer of 1921 right after the premier of his...
Holiday Programming on WSMR 89.1 and 103.9
12/04/17
Don't miss the great Holiday Specials coming to you from WUSF 89.7 and Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
12/04/17
When Claude Debussy was 50-years old, he wrote a letter to fellow French composer Edgard Varese stating, “I love pictures almost as much as music.”...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
11/30/17
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...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
11/30/17
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...
Then & Now 11/30: WSMR Night with the Florida Orchestra
11/30/17
On this date in 1913, Rachmaninoff’s choral symphonic poem, “The Bells,” had its premiere in St. Petersburg, with the composer conducting. The...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
11/29/17
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...