Classical Music Highlights

From WSHU's daytime and evening classical programs, Kate Remington and Lauren Rico give you a heads-up on some of the best music they've selected.

Today we'll enjoy a couple of pieces that capture autumn in music: Randall Thompson's setting of Robert Frost's beloved poem, "The Road Not Taken," and "Autumn in Our Town," from Dave Brubeck's "Four New England Pieces."  

Michael Torke says his new piece, "A Winter's Tale," for cello and orchestra, is partially inspired by Shakespeare's play, but also by the gorgeous voice of the cello.  We'll enjoy it tonight.  

The cellist who premiered Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme thought he knew best and randomly changed the order of the variations.  Yo Yo Ma sets them straight in his performance this morning.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was one of a generation of composers who fled Europe in the late 1930s and settled in Hollywood, to define that classic film score sound. Tonight we'll enjoy his Guitar Concerto No. 1.

Growing up as child prodigies, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn were very close.  So close that Felix may have "borrowed" Fanny's idea of "Songs Without Words," and published them as his own. We'll hear some of them today.