Classical Archives

Los Angeles Philharmonic: James Conlon - Conductor
06/29/18
James Conlon - Conductor James McVinnie - Organ  [Photo: flickr/pahudson/15505087032] The Los Angeles Philharmonic premieres a brand-new work...
06/28/18
On this date in 1916, Paul Hindemith’s Cello Concerto had its first performance given by the Frankfurt Conservatory Orchestra, with the composer...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A K 219
06/27/18
Mozart composed all five of his violin concertos in a matter of months – between April and December of 1775. Each one is longer and seems to be more...
Then & Now 6/27:  It's Windy!
06/27/18
In the 1940’s, Schoenberg’s publisher asked him to write a piece for high school or amateur wind band. The only other specific request was that the...
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Op. 47
06/26/18
The year 1842 was a year of chamber music for Robert Schumann: he completed three string quartets, a piano trio, a piano quartet, and a piano quintet...
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
06/26/18
When Richard Strauss composed his tone poem Don Quixote, subtitled Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, he intended for it to be a...
Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B-flat Op. 20
06/25/18
Towards the end of the 19th century, French composers were churning out symphonies: the “Organ” symphony by Saint-Saens, the Symphony in g-minor by...
Mozart: The Adagio and Allegro in f minor
06/22/18
Today’s Midday Mozart has a curious history.  The Adagio and Allegro in f minor was catalogued as being written for an organ and a clock.  But that...
Then & Now 6/22:  Why Music?  No.  yMusic!
06/22/18
On this date in 1871, Wagner’s "Kaiser March" had its American premiere at a Theodore Thomas Orchestra concert at Central Park Garden in New York...
Then & Now 6/21:  Now This is Just Gross!
06/22/18
On this date in 1980, Peter Maxwell Davies "Farwell to Stromness" had its premiere at the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney, performed by the composer...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat K 543
06/20/18
Mozart’s final two symphonies, the 40th and 41st, receive quite a bit of attention, but those two are actually part of a trio of the composer’s last...
Vassili Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 2 in A
06/19/18
The story of Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov is a tragically short one, not unlike the story of many artists throughout the ages. He lived a...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K 581
06/18/18
No one is sure why Mozart was tasked to compose his Clarinet Quintet in A, though it was first premiered at the end of 1789 at a benefit concert for...
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
06/18/18
Arnold Schoenberg is perhaps best known for his revolutionary twelve-tone technique, a systematic approach to composition that utilized all 12 notes...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 “Coronation”
06/14/18
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...
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C Op. 163
06/13/18
The String Quintet in C by Franz Schubert was composed in the final weeks of his life. It’s rather unique in that rather than writing for a string...
Then & Now 6/12: King of Prussia
06/12/18
It was on this date on June 12th, 1733 that the King of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great, married Duchess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
06/11/18
Antonin Dvorak was born in what is now the Czech Republic, but in 1892, when he was about 50 years old, the composer moved to America to be the...
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)
06/11/18
The Mermaid by Alexander von Zemilinsky was premiered on a concert in January of 1905 alongside a piece by the composer’s brother-in-law, Arnold...
Then & Now 6/11: Summer from Vivaldi
06/11/18
The movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey” helped to cement the fame of Composer Richard Strauss’ music with the use of his tone poem, “Also Sprach...
Sunday Baroque 6/10: George Frideric Handel
06/09/18
Hour 1: According to one legend, George Frideric Handel substituted for the regular church organist after services one day. But Handel’s playing was...
New York Philharmonic: Alan Gilbert - Conductor
06/08/18
Alan Gilbert - Conductor [Photo: NPR/ Andrew Toth/Getty Images] Emanuel Ax - Piano It doesn't get any better than this - Emanuel Ax playing Brahms...
Clarinet, Viola and Piano Trio
06/08/18
Long before there was a candy named Skittles, there was a game named skittles.  It started in Europe as a lawn bowling game and still survives these...
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Op. 26
06/07/18
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...
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 in D
06/06/18
Between 1938 and 1943, Ralph Vaughan Williams was quite busy on a variety of musical projects, including his earliest film scores, an opera, and...