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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


An elderly philosopher sells his soul to the devil in return for the latter's arranging a love affair with a lovely young woman. Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of Charles Gounod's Faust Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on the WCPE Opera House.

The curtain goes up at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online.

Photo: Bulgarian opera singer Raffaele Arié (1920-1988) as Mephistoles in Gounod's Faust/Wikipedia.org

January 16 birthday

On January 16 we observe the birthday of American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (1934-). Ms. Horne has enjoyed a brilliant singing career spanning over four decades. Now she imparts her experience and knowledge to younger artists as a kind teacher and mentor. "To be a great singer of classical music is the hardest thing in the world," she says. "After all this time, I still go for a great voice, my dear, for anyone who can really sing. The details you have to be on top of are just endless. But first of all, you have to be born with a great voice. You can't go out and buy it. You can't manufacture it. You have to have that seed. And then you build on that."

Photo: Marty Umans


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

JAnuary 15

On January 15 we observe the birthdays of American pianist Malcolm Frager (1935-1991) and Israeli-born American pianist Joseph Kalichstein (1946-). A musician who was interested in finding manuscripts by older composers as well as performing, Malcolm Frager maintained a very full concert schedule until his untimely death at the age of 56. Joseph Kalichstein is a member of the faculty of The Julliard School. He performs regularly internationally.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Monday, January 14, 2019

Berlin Philharmonie

This week Monday Night At The Symphony features Berlin Philharmonic. On the program is music of Felix Mendelssohn, Josef Haydn and Franz Schubert in performances led by Mariss Jansons, Herbert von Karajan and Sir Simon Rattle.

Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


The January edition of Renaissance Fare features celebration music for the New Year from The English Dancing Master by John Playford. We'll also hear a Suite of Dances from an album by the Piffaro Band celebrating its 30th anniversary. Also on the playlist is a unique 14th-century version of Greensleeves performed by lutenist Allan Alexander. Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare. Monday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

January 14 Birthdays

On January 14 we observe the birthdays of English harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan (1950-), Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (1943-), English violinist Andrew Manze (1965-), and Canadian tenor Ben Heppner (1956-). A highly-regarded early music specialist, Nicholas McGegan has over 100 recordings to his credit. A protege of Herbert von Karajan, Mariss Jansons has conducted most of the world's top orchestras. A Baroque violin virtuoso, Andrew Manze also enjoys a fine reputation as a conductor. Now retired from his singing career, Ben Heppner has embarked on a new role as a broadcaster with the CBC.

Today is also the birthday of Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, the Austrian musicologist who cataloged Mozart's compositions.


Photos: Wikipedia.org



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