Classical Archives

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A K 622
02/27/18
Mozart completed his only clarinet concerto just two months prior to his death and it has become one of the most enduring works in the solo clarinet...
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26
02/27/18
The Third Piano Concerto by Prokofiev was completed while he was on a vacation in France in the summer of 1921 right after the premiere of his...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92
02/26/18
The premiere of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was perhaps the most wildly successful of his career, and the work received repeat performances 3 times...
Buffalo Philharmonic: JoAnn Falletta - Conductor
02/23/18
It's Tchaikovsky, Tchaikovsky, and more Tchaikovsky! A little dance, a high-wire act for solo cello and an explosive grand finale in this concert...
Then & Now 2/23:  A Local World Premiere
02/23/18
On this date in 2005, Danny Elfman’s first symphonic concert work “Serenada Schizophrana” had its premiere in Carnegie Hall.  Elfman is probably best...
Then & Now 2/22:  A Musical Tour
02/23/18
On this date in 1881, Max Bruch’s "Scottish Fantasy," had its premiere in Liverpool, and in 1941, Morton Gould’s "Latin American Symphonette," was...
Listeners Favorite Composers
02/20/18
During our Winter Campaign, we asked you about your favorite composer – and the votes are in!  All this week we’ll be unveiling your picks, one...
Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani: Four Seasons
02/14/18
Tonight on our Evening Masterwork, we feature a sort of piece within a piece. It is the Four Seasons ballet music from Verdi’s opera I Vespri...
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor Op. 54
02/13/18
Robert Schumann’s only piano concerto was not always a concerto: in 1841 the composer produced a Fantaisie in a-minor for piano and orchestra, which...
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
02/12/18
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...
Berlin Philharmonic: Susanna Malkki - Conductor
02/12/18
Susanna Malkki - Conductor Gil Shaham - Violin The glass ceiling may not be shattered, but there is a big crack in it! One of the most exciting...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Op. 35
02/12/18
The story goes that Tchaikovsky once had a childhood nightmare in which he was violently being rubbed against a giant brick of rosin, and this...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D K 504 “Prague”
02/08/18
Three years separated Mozart’s 37th Symphony and his 38th, but at the age of 30, towards the end of 1786, he started composing his Symphony No. 38...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in c Op. 37
02/07/18
Sometimes composers like to cut it close when it comes to finishing pieces, and in the case of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, he didn’t really cut...
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Op. 77
02/06/18
When working on his Violin Concerto, Johannes Brahms enlisted the help of his violin virtuoso friend, Joseph Joachim, who would go on to premiere the...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 in d Op. 13
02/05/18
While Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony is seen as a masterwork today, the story surrounding its premiere left a bit of a shadow on Rachmaninoff’s career...
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Op. 26
02/05/18
Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto had quite the evolution, having first been completed and performed in 1866, but withdrawn by the composer out of...
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Jeremy Denk - Director and Piano
02/02/18
Jeremy Denk - Director and Piano Maiya Papach - Viola Alexander Fiterstein - Clarinet Hyobi Sim - Viola Dazzling pianist, conductor, and MacArthur "...
Then & Now 2/1:  Puccini Anyone?
02/02/18
Puccini must have liked the first day of February, as two of his best known operas were premiered on this date.  In 1893, it was "Manon Lescaut," in...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23
02/01/18
Tchaikovsky had hoped that his First Piano Concerto would be premiered by Director of the Moscow Conservatory, Nicolai Rubinstein, but that did not...
Alexander Glazunov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in f Op. 92
01/31/18
Around the time of the turn of the century, Alexander Glazunov was encountering a kind of artistic crisis. Because of the work required of him as...
01/29/18
The subject of fate, and fate itself, had haunted Tchaikovsky since 1876, when the composer saw Carmen and was struck by the “death of the two...
Then & Now 1/29:  Mozart Operas
01/29/18
On this date in 1781, Mozart’s opera "Idomeneo" had it’s premiere in Munich, and to say it was a success would be an understatement for sure!  The...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Op. 88
01/28/18
Dvorak’s second-to-last symphony, the 8th Symphony, was a departure from the one that came before it. Whereas Dvorak’s Seventh was dramatic and...