Sunday Symphony

Sundays at 7 p.m.

KUAF 's classical music host, Katy Henriksen, brings you the grandest of symphonic works in full each Sunday night at 7 p.m. during KUAF's Sunday Symphony.

Benjamin Britten’s “Symphony for Cello and Orchestra” explores its world through sprightly but decisive movements, creating a labyrinth of complicated thoughts and feelings. Celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber joins the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to present the remarkable range of emotions of this piece on this week’s Sunday Symphony.  

The fastidious Henri Dutilleux can send chills down your spine with his music. A fearless explorer of the space between discord and euphony, this composer understands the power of the pianissimo and the sense of sudden movements. Tune in to this week’s Sunday Symphony, when we will play his “Symphony No. 2” and “Metaboles,” both flawlessly executed by the Seattle Symphony.   

Miklós Rózsa’s career spanned more than half of the 20th century and explored everything from concertos to film scores, but interestingly, only one symphony. “Symphony in Three Movements” was written when Rózsa was only 23, and it becomes clear when listening to the piece that his youth contributed to the emotional intensity from which it is composed. It is at times nostalgic, energetic, or majestic, but never fails to inspire some response from its listeners. Join us for “Symphony in Three Movements” on this week’s KUAF Sunday Symphony.  

Whether joyous, turbulent, or forlorn, the music of Rachmaninov is always powerful. In the liner notes for this recording by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the depth of his “Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44” is perfectly characterized: “Lingering moments of bitter-sweet sadness laced with an almost Shostakovichian irony and fury course through its Indian summer pages. […] Maybe in life Rachmaninov cut a skeletal figure, but his music could not have been more flesh and blood.” Hear this performance and more on this week’s Sunday Symphony.

The Boston Symphony’s first installment of a new series entitled “Under Stalin’s Shadow” features Dmitri Shostakovich’s tenth symphony. Under the direction of newly-appointed music director Andris Nelsons, this series of recordings promises to deliver an intimate look at the fervor and looming majesty of Shostakovich’s music. “I could not live without the music of Shostakovich,” says Nelsons.