My Classical Podcast

My Classical Podcast


WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon hosts this unique classical music podcast which introduces a featured classical recording in each episode.

Categories: Music

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Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring"
Robert Schumann
Philharmonia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Conductor
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When it’s winter, we long for spring. So it makes sense that great music about spring would be written in winter, when we need it most. Maybe spring fever was part of the reason Robert Schumann was able to sketch out his Symphony No.1, the “Spring” Symphony, over just four days in January of 1841. And he did all the orchestration in a three-week space that February. Something we know inspired Schumann was a poem by German writer Adolph Böttger. How inspiring was this poem? Here are two lines from the last stanza of Böttger’s poem: “O wende, wende deinen Lauf/Im Thale blüht der Frühling auf!" (“O, turn, O turn and change your course/In the valley, Spring blooms forth.") But listen to how those German words and the opening notes of Schumann’s symphony go together. Schumann scored those words, didn’t he? Schumann gave spring-themed titles to each of the four movements in this symphony: “The Beginning of Spring,” “Evening,” “Merry Playmates” and “Spring in Full Bloom.” He took the titles out before the symphony was published, but the work remains Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony. Here is the first movement, played by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti.

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Previous episodes

  • 7 - Download Schumann’s 'Spring' Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 
    Mon, 06 Apr 2015 - 0h
  • 6 - Felix Mendelssohn's 'Spring Song,' Performed by Pianist Daniel Adni 
    Fri, 03 Apr 2015 - 0h
  • 5 - Frederick Delius's 'On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring,' Played By Halle Orchestra 
    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 - 0h
  • 4 - Mozart's 'Longing for Springtime,' Sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 
    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 - 0h
  • 3 - Vivaldi's 'La primavera' (Spring) from the <em>Four Seasons</em> 
    Fri, 20 Mar 2015 - 0h
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