Classical Archives

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
07/17/17
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...
Oregon Symphony: Carlos Kalmar - Conductor
07/14/17
Carlos Kalmar - Conductor Natasha Paremski - Piano From the left coast, a beautiful concert that includes a real crowd-pleaser - The Planets....
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 17 “Little Russian”
07/13/17
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...
Richard Strauss: Sonatina No. 1 for Winds “From an Invalid’s Workshop”
07/12/17
The Sonatina No. 1 for winds by Richard Strauss is a work the composer completed late in his life – in 1943 – at a time when he was recovering from...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 1 in D Op. 82
07/11/17
Franz Schubert was just 16 when he completed his First Symphony, and it was one of the composer’s best pieces to date. The Symphony No. 1 came after...
Edouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in d minor
07/10/17
Although Edouard Lalo was a Frenchman, he was of Spanish of decent: he’s most famous for his Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, and...
Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Piano & Cello in a-minor
07/10/17
Johannes Brahms completed his String Quartet in G major halfway through 1890, when he was 57 years old, and at the time he thought it would be his...
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3
07/09/17
You’re going to hear music that sounds like it’s telling you a story. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 is so rich that it conjures images and characters...
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25
07/07/17
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 is the last of his twelve great piano concertos written in Vienna between 1784 and 1786. Mozart performed it on...
Los Angeles Philharmonic: Nicholas McGegan - Conductor
07/07/17
Nicholas McGegan - Conductor Martin Chalifour - Violin Nathan Cole - Violin Ariana Ghez - Oboe Whitney Crockett - Bassoon Robert deMaine - Cello A...
Gian Carlo Menotti
07/07/17
On this date in 1911, the Italian-born American composer and conductor Gian Carlo Menotti was born. In addition to his compositions, Menotti is...
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Op. 13
07/06/17
Beethoven died in 1827, and that very same year was when his final five string quartets were printed. One teenage composer who got a hold of these...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90
07/05/17
There is something about the Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F that may come across as truly serene. Each of the four movements ends quietly, an unusual,...
Mark O’Connor: Americana Symphony “Variations on Appalachia Waltz”
07/03/17
We’ll be celebrating Independence Day tonight with our Evening Masterwork: Mark O’Connor’s Americana Symphony, a work that evokes images of the...
Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in c Op. 78 “Organ”
07/03/17
Although Camille Saint-Saens is often considered a conservative composer for his time, his Third Symphony is all but conservative. It’s highly...
Percy Grainger
07/03/17
Today’s date is actually inscribed in the score of Percy Grainger’s "Country Gardens".  It reads: "Birthday-gift, Mother, July 3, 1918." The work is...
Vaughn Williams Symphony No. 5
06/30/17
The Vaughn Williams Symphony No. 5 contains fragments from an opera he was working on at the time called The Pilgrim's Progress. The composer was...
Houston Symphony: Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor
06/30/17
Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor Robin Kesselman - Double bass It's a toe-tapping extravaganza with the Houston Symphony - we dare you to keep from...
Esa-Pekka Salonen
06/30/17
On this date in 1958, the famous Finnish composer and conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, was born in Helsinki. And just yesterday, another well-known...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D “Coronation”
06/29/17
Mozart composed his 26th Piano Concerto around the same time he was writing dramatic operas such as The Marriage of Figaro and The Abduction from the...
Joan Tower
06/29/17
On this date in 1985, Joan Tower’s "Island Rhythms" had its premiere right here in Tampa!  It was commissioned for the opening of Harbour Island. ...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Op. 48
06/28/17
Tchaikovsky was pretty busy during the autumn of 1880. He was working on two pieces back-to-back, and to the composer, they were total opposites. One...
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in b
06/28/17
It took Alexander Borodin nearly 8 years to complete his Second Symphony, and even after its premiere in 1877, the composer had to revise it because...
Alan Hovhaness
06/28/17
On this date in 1959, Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 4 for wind band, had its premiere in Pittsburgh. If you love wind band music you’ll want to catch...
Dave Brubeck
06/27/17
On this date in 1985, Dave Brubeck’s dramatic scene "Voice of the Holy Spirit (Tongues of Fire)," had its premiere at the National Association of...