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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Montserrat Caballe

Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé died on Saturday, October 6 at the age of 85. The Metropolitan Opera recently released a tribute to Ms. Caballé, as well as the following synopsis of her career at the Met.

"At the Met, Caballé dazzled audiences with her extraordinary vocalism in 15 roles and 98 performances. She made her Met debut in 1965 as Marguerite in Faust in the final season of the old opera house. At the new Met, she quickly became a phenomenon, winning raves in the inaugural 1966–67 season of the new house for her stunning portrayals of two Verdi heroines, Leonora in Il Trovatoreand Desdemona in Otello. Over her Met career, she starred in two opening nights, as Violetta in La Traviata in 1967 and in the title role of Tosca in 1985, and sang leading roles in two new productions, Luisa Miller in 1968 and I Vespri Siciliani in 1974. The velvet plushness of her voice and her almost superhuman ability to float soft high notes made her an audience favorite. Caballé’s final Met performance was in 1985 as Tosca."

The 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcasts resume on Saturday, December 1 here on The Classical Station.

October 16 Birthdays

On October 16 we observe the birthdays of French composer Frédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy, Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, English composer Charles Harford Lloyd, and American conductor Marin Alsop. Monsieur Duvernoy was a hornist in the Orchestre de la Garde Nationale. Jan Dismas Zelenka flourished in Dresden, Germany for most of his career. Charles Harford Lloyd was educated at Oxford and held positions at Gloucester Cathedral and Eton College during his long career. Ms. Alsop is music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.

Photo of Ms. Alsop by Grant Leighton. Others on Wikipedia.org


Monday, October 15, 2018

Columbus Ships

The October edition of Renaissance Fare will feature music from the 1400's during the lifetime of Christopher Columbus. The program includes music by the Orlando Consort, the New London Consort, the Piffaro Band and much more. Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Gustav Adolf Closs on Wikipedia.org

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

This week Monday Night at the Symphony will feature the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. This New York-based, conductor-less ensemble will perform music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Bela Bartok.

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

Photo: Matt Dine

October 15 Birthdays

On October 15 we observe the birthdays Swedish-Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell and Swedish composer Dag Wirén. Crusell flourished in the classical era and was Finland's most well-known composer before Jean Sibelius. Dag Ivar Wirén wrote in a variety of forms and styles. His best-known work is Serenade for Strings.

Photos: Wikipedia.org



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