Classical Archives

Then & Now 3/8:  Rachmaninoff
03/08/18
On this date in 1896, Rachmaninoff’s symphonic fantasy "The Rock," had its premiere in Moscow. You can hear a much more familiar Rachmaninoff piece...
Gang Chen / Zhanhao He: The Butterfly Lovers (Concerto for Violin)
03/06/18
Long before Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet, a similar story of star-crossed lovers emerged from China. It’s the story of forbidden love that...
Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in c Op 78 “Organ”
03/05/18
Although Camille Saint-Saens is often considered a conservative composer for his time, his Third Symphony is all but conservative. It’s highly...
Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy Op. 16
03/05/18
In the early 1830s, French composer Hector Berlioz won the Prix de Rome, a prize instituted by the French government, which allowed him to spend more...
Live Performacne Promo - Sarasota Opera
03/05/18
Sarasota Opera’s production of Carmen is underway, and cast members from the opera will be singing for you live on the radio this Wednesday afternoon...
Houston Symphony: Matthew Halls - Conductor
03/02/18
Matthew Halls - Conductor Johannes Moser - Cello [Photo: Uwe Arens] Cellist Johannes Moser shines in a performance of Haydn's elegant Cello Concerto...
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in a Op. 129
03/01/18
Our evening masterwork tonight is Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto, which kind of has an interesting origin. During the time Schumann was coming of...
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...