Classical Archives

Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Ballet
12/27/17
Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Ballet suite had somewhat humble beginnings: the original version of the piece was only for piano four hands, and it was...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano concerto No. 2 in c Op. 18
12/26/17
Composed at the turn of the 20th century, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is often described as the greatest piano concerto of all time. There’s...
Then & Now 12:22:  Beethoven Baby!
12/22/17
On this date in 1808, one of the most famous concerts in the history of classical music took place.  It was an all-Beethoven concert, with the...
Francis Poulenc: Gloria
12/21/17
Francis Poulenc’s music is often characterized by its good humor and general lightness, even in the case of the sacred Gloria for soprano, chorus and...
Then & Now 12/21:  Please Don't Cringe!
12/21/17
On this date in 1908, a chamber concert in Vienna provoked a near riot with the premiere of the Second String Quartet by Austrian composer, Arnold...
Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria
12/20/17
Vivaldi’s setting of the Gloria has been a long-time favorite in modern times, especially around the Holiday season. He likely composed the work in...
John Rutter: Gloria
12/19/17
John Rutter’s Gloria is a concert work that uses centuries-old Latin text drawn from the Ordinary of the Mass, and the entire work is based mainly on...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K 581
12/18/17
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...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-flat
12/18/17
As Franz Joseph Haydn was approaching the age of 60, he accepted an offer to compose an opera, half a dozen symphonies, and other works to be...
Then & Now 12/18: Classical WSMR Presents TFO!
12/18/17
On this date in 1795, it was the possible premiere of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, in Vienna at a concert organized by Haydn to perform...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c Op. 68
12/14/17
Brahms notoriously put off composing his symphonies and string quartets, offering the excuse “You can’t have any idea what it’s like always to hear...
Then & Now 12/14: Master Chorale
12/14/17
On this date in 1997, American choral composer Morten Lauridsen’s “Ave Maria” was premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with Paul Salamunovich...
Then & Now 12/13:  Choral Resurrections
12/14/17
On this date in 1895, Gustav Mahler conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in the first complete performance of his own Symphony No. 2, known as the "...
Florida Orchestra Broadcast: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
12/13/17
Classical WSMR is presenting a series of concerts, recorded live as part of our Evening Masterwork. Join your host, Russell Gant, tonight at 7:00 for...
Then & Now 12/12:  Let's Dance!
12/12/17
On this date in 1920, Ravel’s "La Valse" was performed for the first time by the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris.  Ravel said that he intended the work...
Then & Now 12/12:  Let's Dance!
12/12/17
On this date in 1920, Ravel’s "La Valse" was performed for the first time by the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris.  Ravel said that he intended the work...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58
12/12/17
In 1806 Beethoven composed his Fourth Piano Concerto, the final one the composer would premiere as the pianist. At this time, the instrument was in a...
12/11/17
When it comes to Mozart’s music, generally speaking, the key of A major was often times used to showcase lyricism and serenity, and his Piano...
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
12/11/17
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...
Then and Now: 12/8 - Beethoven’s 7th Symphony
12/08/17
It was on this date, December 8th, 1813 that Beethoven’s 7th Symphony premiered. And coming up on January 5th, you can celebrate Classical WSMR and...
Buffalo Philharmonic: JoAnn Falletta - Conductor
12/08/17
JoAnn Falletta - Conductor Fabio Bidini - Piano We're off to Buffalo for a wintry, all-Tchaikovsky concert. TCHAIKOVSKY: Sleeping Beauty Suite...
Carl Goldmark: Violin Concerto no. 1 in a-minor Op. 28
12/07/17
Karl Goldmark was actually a self-taught composer – his formal musical studies actually focused on the violin, which he began playing at the age of...
Then & Now 12/7: Lou Harrison
12/07/17
On this date in 1975, the Oakland, California, Youth Orchestra gave the first performance of a symphony by a Bay area resident, American composer Lou...
Five O'clock Unwind: Jack Gallagher’s Berceuse
12/07/17
Today’s “Five O’clock Unwind” has been called by Fanfare Magazine, “so beautiful it could make you cry.”  Well, we aren’t hoping to bring on the...
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
12/06/17
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...