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Leonard Bernstein’s N. Y. Phil Conducting Debut 70 Years Ago

14, 2013

Seventy years ago today, November 14, 1943, 25 year old Leonard Bernstein made a triumphant debut conducting the New York Philharmonic. He had been an assistant conductor with that great orchestra for only two months, but fate intervened to give his career a huge boost.

21 Years in the Making, Brahms’ First on Symphony @ 7

12, 2013

So aware was Johannes Brahms of Beethoven’s spirit looking over his shoulder, it took him a very long time to get around to completing a first symphony. In fact he was 43 when Symphony No. 1 in C minor premiered in 1876. Three other major works for orchestra had already appeared before the First Symphony: Serenades 1 and 2 (1857 and 1859) and the First Piano Concerto (1858).

Columbus Symphony on Symphony @ 7 for Columbus Day

14, 2013

For this Columbus Day, this evening at 7pm on Classical 101 we will have our own Columbus Symphony Orchestra with Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor. It was recorded in 2008 with former music director Junichi Hirokami and is a fine performance, too. I hope you’ll join us for that.

Russian Symphonies at 7 This Week on Classical 101

24, 2013

Yesterday evening on Symphony @ 7, we had Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the Pathetique as our main musical offering. For the rest of the week, we continue with other great Russian symphonies. Still to come are works by Alexander Glazunov, Dmitri Shostakovitch, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Prokofiev.

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen Featured on Symphony @ 7

Esa Pekka Salonen (2008)
Esa Pekka Salonen (2008)
September 17, 2013

All this week, we’re featuring the Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on Symphony @ 7. He recently won the ECHO Klassik Award for Conductor of the Year for his recordings of the symphonies of Witold Lutaslawski released as a set on the Sony Classical label.

Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for 9/11 at 7pm Today

11, 2013

This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have a single musical offering, the Third Symphony of Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, a nearly hour-long work he titled Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.

“Celebrating American Symphonies” Winding Down This Week

27, 2013

All during the month of August, we’ve been celebrating American symphonies on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101. We’re winding down now for the final week. Yesterday, we had Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony, and for the rest of the week, it’s symphonies by Jerome Moross, Adolphus Hailstork, George Whitefield Chadwick, and Dan Locklair.

Music from East Coast and West Coast on Symphony @ 7

John Knowles Paine
John Knowles Paine
August 21, 2013

“Celebrating American Symphonies” continues this evening on Symphony @ 7 with music of the 19th and 20th centuries from John Knowles Paine and Lou Harrison.

Sibelius Inspired “Nordic Symphony” of Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson conducting
Howard Hanson conducting
February 13, 2013

American composer Howard Hanson will be featured this evening on Symphony @ 7. His Symphony No. 1 is titled The Nordic, indicating the connection with Scandinavia and particularly with Jean Sibelius, whose music Hanson admired.

From Haydn: A Paris Symphony Fit for a Queen

Marie Antoinette1788
Marie Antoinette1788
November 5, 2012

It’s said that Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 in Bb was the favorite of Queen Marie Antoinette.  This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have ample proof of his enduring popularity with a new recording of theParis Symphony known as La Reine.