classical music highlights

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Manuel de Falla once said that Maurice Ravel was more Spanish than the Spanish themselves. It’s not hard to understand why when you hear Ravel’s “Rhapsodie Espagnol,” coming up today on Afternoon Classics!

Bohuslav Martinu wrote his First Symphony on the road, while he was visiting Long Island, Middlebury, VT, and Tanglewood.  We'll enjoy it tonight.  

Few things say "summer evening" as much as the sound of crickets, and this morning we'll enjoy Telemann's little "Cricket" Symphony.  

Contemporary composer Frank Messner borrows a page from one of Mozart's most popular pieces for his tiny suite, "A Little Evening Music"  We'll enjoy it tonight.  

The ballet, "The Red Poppy" follows a group of Russian sailors on shore leave in a Chinese port for a little cross-cultural interaction.  We'll enjoy it this morning.