This Week in Classical Music on Spotify

It is no secret that we love classical music. We are especially excited to see Spotify expanding their classical library everyday, because that allows us to bring playlists to you like 2011 Ravinia: Halloween. We are now bringing you Ravinia Festival: This Week in Classical Music, our celebration of milestone premiers of classical works. This playlist will be updated on Mondays with new work every week so there's no need to resubscribe! Below is a day-by-day listing of the track selections for the playlist. We hope you enjoy!

November 14

  • 1896: Dvorák: symphonic poem "The Water Goblin," Op. 107, in London
  • 1908: Oskar Strauss: operetta "Der tapfere Soldat " in Vienna; As "The Chocolate Soldier" this work opened in New York in 1909, and in London in 1910
  • 1930: Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4, by the Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting

November 15

  • 1807: The First public performance of Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, at a benefit concert for charities
  • 1909: Vaughan Williams: song-cycle, "On Wenlock Edge," in London
  • 2001: Michael Daugherty: "Philadelphia Stories," at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Zinman, conducting

November 16

  • 1850: Verdi: opera "Stifellio," in Trieste at the Teatro Grande
  • 1919: Charles Tomlinson Griffes: "Poem" for flute and orchestra, Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Symphony Society Orchestra
  • 1981: Broadway premiere of Sondheim: musical "Merrily We Roll Along"

November 17

  • 1839: Verdi: opera "Oberto" in Milan at the Teatro all Scala; This was Verdi's first opera;
  • 1876: Tchaikovsky: “Marche slav” in Moscow
  • 1991: Katherine Hoover: "Canyon Echoes," by flutist Susan Morris De Jong and guitarist Jeffrey Van, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

November 18

  • 1877: Tchaikovsky: “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” in Moscow
  • 1883: Dvorak: "Husitska" Overture at the opening of the Czech National Theater in Prague;
  • 1891: Tchaikovsky: symphonic balled "The Voyevode" in Moscow

November 19

  • 1739: Rameau: opera "Dardanus," in Paris
  • 1923: In Budapest, for the 50th Anniversary of the union of the cities Buda and Pest (on opposite sides of the Danube), a gala concert premieres Ernst von Dohnányi's "Festive Overture," Zoltán Kódaly's "Psalmus Hungaricus," and Béla Bartók's "Dance Suite" (unable to find Festive Overture, replaced with a Ernst von Dohnányi serenade performed by Budapest Trio)

November 20

  • 1805: Beethoven: opera "Fidelio", in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien
  • 1889: Mahler: Symphony No. 1, by the Budapest Philharmonic, with the composer conducting
  • 1964: Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 9 and 10, in Moscow
  • 1987: John Harbison: String Quartet No. 2, at Jordan Hall in Boston, by the Emerson String Quartet