Classical Archives

Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, “The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”
04/11/18
Composer Henryk Gorecki grew up in a town not far from the notorious World War Two concentration camp, Auschwitz, in Poland. Historians believe more...
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 114, “Trout.”
04/11/18
Franz Schubert was well known for his songs, set to poetry.  One of the most famous of these is his song, “The Trout.”  The words of the song were...
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G, “Military”
04/09/18
Haydn was kind of down in the dumps around the time he wrote this. He was still Kapellmeister for Prince Esterhazy, but there were no duties to go...
Then & Now 4/9: The Great Outdoors
04/09/18
On this date in 1939, First lady Eleanor Roosevelt sponsored an Easter Sunday concert by Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial to protest racial...
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in d-minor, Op. 47
04/09/18
It took decades and the great violinist Jascha Heifitz to record it before the Sibelius Violin Concerto caught on after its premiere in the early...
Isaac Albeniz: Iberia Suite
04/04/18
Iberia was originally a solo piano work by Isaac Albeniz that features a “wealth of imagery,” according to the composer’s French contemporaries. The...
Max Bruch: Symphony No. 3
04/03/18
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...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Op. 83
04/02/18
In his own words, Brahms described his Second Piano concerto as “very small,” featuring a “very small and pretty scherzo.” “Very small” is a bit off...
Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3
04/02/18
In 1944, Aaron Copland set out to compose, in his own words, a piece that would “reflect the euphoric spirit of the country” at that time – that was...
Then & Now 4/2:  Beethoven’s First Symphony
04/02/18
It’s April 2nd and on this date in musical history, Beethoven’s First Symphony premiered.  He was 29-years-old.  And he didn’t disguise his musical...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 17 “Little Russian”
03/29/18
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...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, “Drum Roll”
03/28/18
The Symphony No. 103 was the second-to-last symphony Franz Joseph Haydn ever wrote, and audiences and critics loved it. One newspaper reported that...
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No. 2
03/27/18
The concerto as a genre seemed to speak to composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco much more than the symphony: he once said, “I found that the form of...
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Op. 35
03/27/18
This Evening’s Masterwork is the story of The Thousand and One Nights, the collection of Middle Eastern and Indian tales, turned into music. Rimsky-...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D
03/26/18
In 1815, when Franz Schubert was only 18-years old, he was working full-time, year-round as a school teacher, taking twice-weekly composition lessons...
Sunday Baroque 3/25:  Vivaldi’s SPRING Concerto
03/24/18
Hour 1: Georg Philipp Telemann was an outstanding musician who could play many different instruments … he was also a prolific composer, AND a savvy...
Oregon Symphony: Carlos Kalmar - Conductor
03/23/18
Carlos Kalmar - Conductor [Photo: NPR:Leah Nash/Oregon Symphony] Susan Platts - Mezzo-Soprano Portland State University & Pacific Youth Choirs...
George W. Chadwick: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Op. 21
03/22/18
George W. Chadwick’s music is distinctly American – and his music was catalyzed by the “American sounding” music of Dvorak. One of the truest...
Ferde Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
03/21/18
When asked about his “Grand Canyon Suite” in a radio interview some-forty years after it was composed, American Composer Ferde Grofe reminisced about...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Op. 60
03/20/18
Beethoven’s even-numbered symphonies are often overshadowed by their odd-numbered neighbors. Robert Schumann even referred to Beethoven’s Fourth...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in g-minor
03/19/18
Rachmaninoff settled down in the United States in 1921 after leaving revolutionary Russia, and something about the United States must have been...
Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in d Op. 21
03/19/18
Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole is a quirky sort of piece as far as its structure goes: it is part symphony but mostly concerto. It’s also filled...
Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in d Op. 21
03/19/18
Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole is a quirky sort of piece as far as its structure goes: it is part symphony but mostly concerto. It’s also filled...
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Op. 99
03/15/18
Little is known about Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, except for the fact that in his life time, the first trio was overshadowed by its...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in c Op. 67
03/14/18
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....