Classical Archives

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin & viola
01/16/18
The sinfonia concertante is an interesting genre that was popular mostly at the end of the 18th Century, heading into the 19th Century. It’s a type...
01/13/18
Hour 1: SOME of Antonio Vivaldi’s hundreds of Concertos have descriptive nicknames – the Four Seasons are probably the best example. And Vivaldi may...
Oregon Symphony: Violinist Augustin Hadelich
01/12/18
Carlos Kalmar - Conductor Augustin Hadelich - Violin [Photo: NPR.org/Rosalie O'Connor] Overcoming a horrendous accident from childhood, the Grammy...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat D 125
01/11/18
Franz Schubert’s 2nd Symphony was not necessarily the masterwork to rank alongside Beethoven’s symphonies that it was trying to emulate. However, it’...
Camille Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Op. 103
01/10/18
Saint-Saens composed his Fifth Piano Concerto during a winter vacation in Egypt – it’s sometimes called the Egyptian concerto – and he was 60 when he...
Ernst Chausson: Symphony in B-flat Op. 20
01/09/18
Towards the end of the 19th century, French composers were churning out symphonies: the “Organ” symphony by Saint-Saens, the Symphony in g-minor by...
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)
01/09/18
Ein Heldenlaben in English is “a hero’s life,” and it is self-referential. Strauss received criticism for this upon the work’s premiere: critics...
Frederick Delius: Florida Suite
01/04/18
Our Evening Masterwork tonight is the music of Frederick Delius, his Florida Suite, which he composed in 1886 while working on an orange plantation...
Nikolai Miaskovksy: Violin Concerto in d-minor, Op. 44
01/03/18
The Violin Concerto in d-minor was the first concerto that Nikolai Miaskovsky composed. This was in 1938, and the composer had finished this work...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90
01/03/18
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,...
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in e Op. 64
12/28/17
Felix Mendelssohn completed his Violin Concerto in 1844, and to this day it is one of the most frequently performed of all violin concertos. The work...
Igor Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
12/27/17
When ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev was looking for a composer to score his 1910 ballet The Firebird, he tried to give the commission for a new...
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 "...