Classical Archives

12/04/17
When Claude Debussy was 50-years old, he wrote a letter to fellow French composer Edgard Varese stating, “I love pictures almost as much as music.”...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
11/30/17
The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
11/30/17
Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When...
Then & Now 11/30: WSMR Night with the Florida Orchestra
11/30/17
On this date in 1913, Rachmaninoff’s choral symphonic poem, “The Bells,” had its premiere in St. Petersburg, with the composer conducting. The...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
11/29/17
Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
11/29/17
The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The...
Midday Mozart
11/29/17
Each summer, Mozart scholar Robert Levin shares his brilliance with the students who come to learn and perform at the Sarasota Music Festival, where...
Then & Now 11/29: Time for Some Opera!
11/29/17
On this date in 1825, the United States had its first taste of authentic Italian opera, with a performance of Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of...
Donate to Help Expand WSMR's Signal
11/29/17
Please Donate to bring the joy and inspiration of classical music to more people. Classical WSMR is raising funds to enable us to expand our...
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
11/28/17
When you think about concert music based off of Scottish fiddle tunes, you probably wouldn’t think that one of the best known pieces using those...
11/28/17
We have a day for giving thanks, followed by two days for getting deals but on #GivingTuesday it’s your chance to make an impact by supporting your...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73
11/27/17
Johannes Brahms took quite a bit of time to compose his first symphony – nearly 20 years – so it may have been a shock when he churned out his second...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir of Florence Op. 70
11/27/17
Tchaikovsky is so well known for his “big” pieces – the symphonies, ballets, overtures, etc. – that one may not think too much of his chamber music....
Then & Now 11/27:  Musical Matinees
11/27/17
On this date in 1855, a small band of musicians gave the first in a series of chamber music concerts at Dodworth’s Hall in New York City. And as a...
Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Op. 11
11/23/17
Brahms Serenade No. 1 was almost not a serenade at all – the nature of the work earned the nickname of “Serenade-Symphony”, and the composer even...
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
11/22/17
We will be celebrating this Thanksgiving with our Evening Masterwork: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, now one of the most inspiring and symbolic...
Then & Now 11/22:  Can you Handel it?
11/22/17
Four works by Handel had their premieres on this date!  In 1712, Handel’s opera “Il pastor fido,” was first performed at the Queen’s Theater in...
Then & Now 11/21:  Chirstmas with Dale Warland
11/22/17
On this date in 1615, a letter was written by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi to a friend at the court of the Duke of Mantua.  The letter...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36
11/21/17
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...
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in d
11/20/17
Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was left unfinished at the time of his death in 1896, but the work is hardly unfinished sounding. In fact, the three...
Camille Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op. 61
11/20/17
The Violin Concerto No. 3 is among a number of works Camille Saint-Saens composed for the virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate – and Sarasate...
Then & Now 11/20:  Beethoven, The Florida Orchestra, and WSMR!
11/20/17
On this date in 1805, Beethoven’s opera "Fidelio" premiered in Vienna. You can hear Beethoven in January at the Classical WSMR Night with The Florida...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Op. 88
11/16/17
Dvorak’s second-to-last symphony, the 8th Symphony, was a departure from the one that came before it. Whereas Dvorak’s Seventh was dramatic and...
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra: Violinist Julia Fischer
11/16/17
Charles Dutoit - Conductor Julia Fisher - Violin  [Photo:Julia Fischer Courtesy of the artist] Violinist Julia Fischer teams up with the Zurich...
Thursday Masterwork with the Florida Orchestra
11/16/17
The mission of The Florida Orchestra is to enrich the life of the Tampa Bay area as it inspires, entertains and educates audiences with the unique...