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From The Archives - Surprise Symphonies - The Two B's

Composers Samuel Barber and Sir Arnold Bax
Composers Samuel Barber and Sir Arnold Bax

This week, host Frank Byrne features more "Surprise Symphonies" with youthful works by Samuel Barber and Sir Arnold Bax. One symphony established the composer’s reputation – the other was almost never premiered.

Compositions and Recordings

First Symphony, Op. 9
by Samuel Barber
Michael Stern and The Kansas City Symphony
From the 2021 album One Movement Symphonies

Spring Fire, Symphony
by Sir Arnold Bax
Vernon Handley and The Royal Philharmonic

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at