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"With its radiant orchestral colouring, striking ideas and clarity of form, the Fourth Symphony is perhaps the friendliest introduction to Bruckner's musical world." said Andrew Huth in the liner notes about Symphony No. 4. This symphony was nicknamed  Romantic, a title the composer himself used, to suggest knights, fair ladies and medieval castles in its its imagery. Tune in from 8 to 10 p.m. to hear Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 and other full symphonic works in their entirety as the #SundaySymphony tradition continues. 

Cuban-born Jorge Bolet was known for a restrained approach to Romantic masterpieces who was often disregarded by critics throughout his career as too much of a "virtuoso." He finally rose to major label success after signing with Decca/London in 1978 to tackle Franz Liszt. Catch highlights from those recordings coming up from 8 to 10 p.m. 

“We are in the world of Mahler where musical references and symbolism play a role,” Thomas Dausgaard, guest conductor of the Seattle Symphony, says of Mahler’s 10th symphony.

Although ultimately left unfinished, at the time it was written it reflected his tumultuous relationship with his wife Alma, who was unfaithful to him. The turmoil that Mahler struggled with and eventually overcame is, therefore, represented throughout the piece. Hear it performed by the Seattle Symphony under Thomas Dausgaard, from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

In 1824 composer Franz Schubert writes, in a letter to his friend, that he has “not written many new songs,” a claim that is just one example of how hard Schubert was on himself, as he had written his Octet and two string quartets prior to this letter, and they went on to be some of the greatest chamber pieces of his career.

Flemish composer Arthur Meulemans was inspired by his landscape in his "Fir Symphony" with movements named "Moonlit Night - summer haze hangs over the meadows and over the river Demer - four little trees strangely illuminated - horsemen in the night," "The fir trees gently rustling in their mysterious loneliness," "Midnight Dance of gnomes and nymphs," and "The rays of morning light shine on the fir-tress." Catch a recording of this magestic piece on Friday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.