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.

Gustav Holst took on a great task in writing his epic orchestral suite, “The Planets.” With each of the seven movements representing a planet in our solar system and the thoughts and feelings associated with it, the piece reflects on the history of humanity’s relationship with the celestial bodies of the night sky. Tune into this week’s Sunday Symphony for a striking performance of this piece by the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, and much more!

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.