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A Danish Affirmation of Life from Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva

Carl Nielsen
Carl Nielsen listening to the rehersal of Saul og David in Gothenburg in 1928.
2:48PM
August 13, 2014

Danish composer Carl Nielsen spoke of the first movement of his Sinfonia espansiva as “a gust of energy and life-affirmation blown out into the wide world,” and called the finale of his Third Symphony “a hymn to work and the healthy activity of everyday life.”

Music of Peace from Great Composers in the First World War

cortot
Cortot Landscape 1870
3:08PM
August 6, 2014

It was called “The Great War,” then “The War to End All Wars,” and finally, “The First World War,” a dubious distinction considering what it implies about the future. But even in times of great destruction and turmoil and its aftermath, music has the power to supply much needed solace and beauty.

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Featured on Symphony @ 7

Herbert Von Karajan
Herbert Von Karajan
3:40PM
July
22, 2014

This week on Symphony @ 7, I’ll be featuring some notable recordings Herbert Von Karajan made with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Fourth of July Music on Classical 101

U.S. Capital building with fireworks
U.S. Capital building with fireworks
10:03AM
July 1, 2014

Join us for an Independence Day celebration on Classical 101 for music inspired Fourth of July which will provide a soundtrack for your holiday celebration.

Today is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Richard Strauss

1:25PM
June
11, 2014

June 11th is the 150th birthday of German composer and conductor Richard Strauss. Born in 1864, he lived until 1949. He was important in the musical developments of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He expanded the range of orchestral writing by both increasing the size of the orchestra and by enriching the complexity of harmonic language.

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony This Evening on Classical 101

4:11PM
June
9, 2014

This evening on Symphony @ 7, I have one of the really grand works of the Late-Romantic Era, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, the Resurrection, by Gustav Mahler. It’s part of our Mahler Monday presentations on Classical 101, airing from now until August 1.

Mahler Mondays all Summer on Symphony @ 7

Gustav Mahler (German: [ˈɡʊstaf ˈmaːlɐ]; 7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation
A bust of Gustav Mahler. The late-Romantic composer was one of the most influential conductors of his time.
6:55PM
June
2, 2014

This evening on Symphony @ 7 we begin our ” Mahler Monday” series on Classical 101.  Each Monday evening until Labor Day, we’ll be playing one of the symphonies of this great Late-Romantic Austrian composer.  We’ll also have time for the song cycles and Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a [...]

Music From Finland Via France on Symphony @ 7

6:45PM
May
28, 2014

Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947) was a younger contemporary of Jean Sibelius, and this evening on Symphony @ 7, his Third Symphony will be featured.

Youthful and Mature Mozart on Symphony @ 7

6:45PM
May
21, 2014

This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have an hour of Mozart with two fine contrasting examples of his art, a relatively youthful symphony of his Salzburg period, and his final piano concerto completed in Vienna in the last year of his life. Symphony No. 28 in C from 1774 (or possibly 1773) is one [...]

Rare Faure and Delius on Symphony @ 7

2:10PM
May
12, 2014

We begin this week on Symphony @ 7 with not-often heard music from two composers, one French and one English, whose lives spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, Gabriel Faure and Frederick Delius.