Classical Archives

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25
07/07/17
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 is the last of his twelve great piano concertos written in Vienna between 1784 and 1786. Mozart performed it on...
Los Angeles Philharmonic: Nicholas McGegan - Conductor
07/07/17
Nicholas McGegan - Conductor Martin Chalifour - Violin Nathan Cole - Violin Ariana Ghez - Oboe Whitney Crockett - Bassoon Robert deMaine - Cello A...
Gian Carlo Menotti
07/07/17
On this date in 1911, the Italian-born American composer and conductor Gian Carlo Menotti was born. In addition to his compositions, Menotti is...
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Op. 13
07/06/17
Beethoven died in 1827, and that very same year was when his final five string quartets were printed. One teenage composer who got a hold of these...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90
07/05/17
There is something about the Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F that may come across as truly serene. Each of the four movements ends quietly, an unusual,...
Mark O’Connor: Americana Symphony “Variations on Appalachia Waltz”
07/03/17
We’ll be celebrating Independence Day tonight with our Evening Masterwork: Mark O’Connor’s Americana Symphony, a work that evokes images of the...
Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in c Op. 78 “Organ”
07/03/17
Although Camille Saint-Saens is often considered a conservative composer for his time, his Third Symphony is all but conservative. It’s highly...
Percy Grainger
07/03/17
Today’s date is actually inscribed in the score of Percy Grainger’s "Country Gardens".  It reads: "Birthday-gift, Mother, July 3, 1918." The work is...
Vaughn Williams Symphony No. 5
06/30/17
The Vaughn Williams Symphony No. 5 contains fragments from an opera he was working on at the time called The Pilgrim's Progress. The composer was...
Houston Symphony: Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor
06/30/17
Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor Robin Kesselman - Double bass It's a toe-tapping extravaganza with the Houston Symphony - we dare you to keep from...
Esa-Pekka Salonen
06/30/17
On this date in 1958, the famous Finnish composer and conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, was born in Helsinki. And just yesterday, another well-known...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D “Coronation”
06/29/17
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...
Joan Tower
06/29/17
On this date in 1985, Joan Tower’s "Island Rhythms" had its premiere right here in Tampa!  It was commissioned for the opening of Harbour Island. ...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Op. 48
06/28/17
Tchaikovsky was pretty busy during the autumn of 1880. He was working on two pieces back-to-back, and to the composer, they were total opposites. One...
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in b
06/28/17
It took Alexander Borodin nearly 8 years to complete his Second Symphony, and even after its premiere in 1877, the composer had to revise it because...
Alan Hovhaness
06/28/17
On this date in 1959, Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 4 for wind band, had its premiere in Pittsburgh. If you love wind band music you’ll want to catch...
Dave Brubeck
06/27/17
On this date in 1985, Dave Brubeck’s dramatic scene "Voice of the Holy Spirit (Tongues of Fire)," had its premiere at the National Association of...
Mozart’s “Prague” symphony
06/26/17
The popularity of composers waxes and wanes and that was the case with Mozart, too.  During his lifetime, demand for his work rose and fell, but the...
Robert Kapilow
06/26/17
On this date in 2000, Robert Kapilow’s DC Monuments, had its premiere performed by the National Symphony.  Kapilow wanted an appropriate topic for a...
Howard Hanson: Symphony No.2
06/24/17
A symphony by the American composer Howard Hanson that was written in honor of the Boston Symphony’s 50th anniversary in 1930. A work that is “young...
Stravinsky: Petrushka
06/23/17
Saturday night’s Masterwork features the music Stravinsky wrote for his ballet Petrushka.  It’s the story of the loves and jealousies of three...
David Ward-Steinman
06/23/17
On this date in 1972, the premiere of David Ward-Steinman’s "Sonata for Piano Fortified," was given by Gary Wolf at the University of South Florida,...
Edvard Grieg: Symphony in c-minor
06/22/17
Edvard Grieg composed his Symphony in c-minor at the age of 20, and you may recognize some of the melodies in the second and third movements from his...
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
06/22/17
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...
Philip Glass
06/22/17
On this date in 1994, Philip Glass’ opera Beauty and the Beast had its premiere given by the Philip Glass Ensemble in Italy. And that story about...