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.

Even when things looked darkest for Russia during World War II, Prokofiev never gave up his optimism and faith in human character, as we'll hear tonight in his Symphony No. 5, premiered during the war.

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto was a collaboration with a gifted clarinettist - Anton Stadler, whose virtuosity encouraged Mozart to up his game in writing for the clarinet. We'll enjoy it today. 

We'll venture into the woods tonight and enjoy Joachim Raff's symphony In the Forest.

Aaron Copland created an entirely new sound for Hollywood film; instead of the lush, operatic style  that was popular, his scores have a more natural, intimate sound, as we'll hear today in his suite, Music for Movies.

Schubert's Trout Quintet has a relaxed, amiable character, perhaps because he wrote it during a vacation in the mountains outside Vienna. We'll enjoy it tonight.