Classical Archives

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30
05/16/17
It may come as a bit of a shock, but Richard Strauss’s tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra wasn’t always as popular as it is today. Well, Strauss can...
Emile Berliner
05/16/17
On this date in 1888, Emile Berliner gave the first public display of his invention, the flat gramophone disk, at the Franklin Institute in...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d Op. 15
05/15/17
In 1854, Johannes Brahms began to compose a two-piano sonata, and soon realized that it needed more. He would transform the opening of that work into...
Max Bruch: Symphony No. 3
05/15/17
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...
Igor Stravinsky
05/15/17
On this date in 1920, Igor Stravinsky's ballet "Pulcinella" was produced for the first time in Paris. Stravinsky incorporated instrumental pieces by...
Rimsky-Korsakov’s: Scheherazade
05/13/17
Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade is inspired by the Tales of the Arabian Nights. The music tells the story of the young bride...
Felix Mendelssohn : String Quartet No. 3 from his Opus 44
05/12/17
When you think of works by Felix Mendelssohn that qualify as a “Masterwork” his Symphony Nos. 3 and 4 probably come to mind.  But the composer was...
Los Angeles Philharmonic: Semyon Bychkov - Conductor
05/12/17
Semyon Bychkov - Conductor Renaud Capucon - Violin A concert performance from the City of Angels that highlights a mountain as a metaphor for the...
Igor Stravinsky
05/12/17
On this date in 2010, a new version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring had its premiere at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery, dubbed the “The Re-Write of Spring...
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Concerto No. 3 in b-minor
05/11/17
Johann Hummel’s piano sonatas are usually considered his most interesting compositions, but the piano concertos he produced are also an important...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36
05/11/17
At the time of writing his Second Symphony, Beethoven had not yet transformed into the mythic, dramatic Romantic composer we know him as today… but...
Irving Berlin
05/11/17
On this date in 1888, the American popular song composer Irving Berlin was born in Russia. This weekend, you can hear some of Belin’s popular songs...
Richard Strauss
05/10/17
On this date in 1894, R. Strauss’s opera "Guntram," had its premiere in Weimar at the Hoftheater, with the composer conducting. We’re bringing you a...
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
05/09/17
Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 marked a new way of working for the composer. As a young composer, Schumann was a gifted improviser on the piano,...
Aaron Copland
05/09/17
On this date in 1940, the film version of Thornton Wilder’s play "Our Town" opened in Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theater. The film featured music...
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in g-minor, Op. 10
05/08/17
Debussy once said that “Music, by its very nature, is something that cannot be cast into a traditional and fixed form.” A great example of this is...
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
05/08/17
Two American pianist / composers were born on today’s date.  In 1829, Louis Moreau Gottschalk was born in New Orleans, and in 1945, Keith Jarrett was...
Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vanska - Conductor
05/05/17
Osmo Vanska - Conductor Minnesota Chorale Kathy Saltzman Romey - Artistic director The Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale present a mass...
Darius Milhaud
05/05/17
Two operas that are rarely heard had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1930, Milhaud’s opera Christopher Columbus, had its first performance at...
Joan Tower
05/04/17
On this date in 1989, Joan Tower’s "Island Prelude" was premiered by the St. Louis Symphony with Leonard Slatkin conducting.  Tower gave some nice...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 3 in A
05/03/17
Sometimes music gets lost for a while… and in the best cases it gets rediscovered. That was the case with Franz Joseph Haydn’s A-Major Violin...
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05/03/17
On this date in 1971, it was the debut broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered" with an electronic theme by composer Don Voegeli of the University...
George Frideric Handel: Water Music Suite No. 1 in F
05/02/17
Handel wrote some of his Water Music when he first arrived in England in 1710 – but the earliest surviving score of his “Celebrated Water Musick”...
Jacques Ibert
05/02/17
On this date in 1935, Ibert’s "Concertino da Camera" for saxophone and chamber orchestra, had its premiere in Paris.   There’s some Ibert featured on...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in e Op. 27
05/01/17
The premiere of Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony was so disastrous that it left the composer in a state of chronic depression for the following three...