classical music highlights

Tonight we'll enjoy Stravinsky's take on music from the Age of Enlightenment with a performance of his Symphony in C.  

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When Edouard Lalo was given four months to throw together a ballet, he got things started but then suffered a bit of a breakdown. Luckily, his friend and fellow composer Charles Gounod stepped in to help Lalo finish up the orchestration. The piece that pushed Lalo over the edge, today on Afternoon Classics.

Robert Schumann began writing his Symphony No. 2 as therapy to help him deal with severe depression.  By the time he reached the last movement, he declared he felt like himself again.  We'll enjoy it today.  

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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.