Classical Archives

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in e-minor Op. 85
08/23/17
In many ways, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto is a reaction to the First World War He composed it in 1919, and it embodies a realization that life in...
Henry Hadley
08/23/17
On this date in 1934, the Berkshire Symphonic Festival was founded in Stockbridge, Mass., by American composer and conductor Henry Hadley, with the...
From the BBC Proms: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
08/23/17
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen Paavo Jarvi - Conductor Vilde Frang - Violin Lawrence Power - Viola We're at the BBC Proms for a mixture of light...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C K 425 “Linz”
08/23/17
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...
George Frederic Handel
08/22/17
On this date in 1741, Handel began work on his famous oratorio, "Messiah," which he finished on September 14, yes the entire masterwork was composed...
08/21/17
Clara Schumann had quite a bit of influence over the creation of Robert Schumann’s Fantasy for solo piano. Prior to their marriage, the relationship...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67
08/21/17
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....
08/21/17
It’s that time of year again when the BBC organizes the biggest classical music festival in the world, the BBC Proms, which runs from mid-July to...
Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4
08/18/17
Robert Schumann wrote 4 Symphonies, so it’s safe to assume that the Symphony No.4 in D minor, is his last, right?  Well, not really. It was...
From the BBC Proms: Stephen Hough - Piano
08/18/17
BBC Philharmonic Mark Wigglesworth - Conductor Stephen Hough - Piano [Photo: Andrew Crowley/Courtesy of the artist] We're at the BBC Proms with one...
JoAnn Tomer Wins Trip to Tuscany
08/16/17
During the WSMR Spring Campaign participants were entered into a drawing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, to be VIP guests at the classical...
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Op. 22
08/16/17
The serenade, as a genre, can sometimes lead to disappointing pieces: compositions often produced by composers still figuring things out creatively....
Johannes Nepomuk Maelzel
08/15/17
On this date in 1772, the German Inventor Johannes Nepomuk Maelzel, was born in Regensburg. Maelzel is credited with the creation of the metronome,...
Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1
08/15/17
Robert Schumann was a quintessential composer of the Romantic period, and his three piano trios may as well be regarded as quintessential trios of...
08/14/17
While Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is dark and driven, the Symphony No. 6 is like walking down the sunnier side of the same street. He did most of the...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
08/11/17
The sinfonia concertante is an interesting genre that was popular mostly at the end of the 18th Century, heading into the 19th Century. It’s a type...
Mark O'Connor
08/11/17
On this date in 2003, Mark O'Connor’s Violin Concerto No. 6 called "Old Brass" had its premiere at an evening BBC Proms concert at Royal Albert Hall...
08/10/17
On this date in 1895, the late-summer "Promenade" Concerts" (better known as "The Proms") were launched in London by Sir Henry Wood and Robert Newman...
Sir Henry Wood
08/10/17
On this date in 1895, the late-summer "Promenade" Concerts" (better known as "The Proms") were launched in London by Sir Henry Wood and Robert Newman...
08/10/17
The year 1816 was a busy time for the 19-year old Franz Schubert. He was highly productive, writing about 125 songs, and then over 50 works for...
08/09/17
Felix Mendelssohn completed his Violin Concerto in 1844, and to this day it is one of the most frequently performed of all violin concerti. The work...
Ludwig Van Beethoven
08/09/17
On this date in 1781, Austrian composer, violinist, and conductor Michael Umlauff, was born in Vienna. He conducted the premiere of Beethoven's Ninth...
Jaromir Weinberger
08/08/17
On this date in 1967, St. Petersburgh resident and Czech-born composer Jaromir Weinberger committed suicide at the age of 71.  Weinberger settled in...
Felix Mendelssohn
08/07/17
On this date in 1829, Mendelssohn visited Fingal's Cave in the Hebrides Islands west of Scotland’s coast and started composing the 'Hebrides'...
08/04/17
The Florida Suite by Frederick Delius was inspired by the experiences he had after managing an orange grove in Florida.  The music includes images of...