This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Simone Dinnerstein
Photo ⓒ Lisa-Marie-Mazzucco

Simone Dinnerstein talks about Undersong, her latest recording this evening on Preview! Zixiang Wang plays Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in F and the Nash Ensemble plays Max Bruch’s String Quartet No. 2 in E, Op. 10.

Preview! brings you the latest releases and local arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

This morning Thomas Nutt-Powell and David Crabtree will be cohosting Great Sacred Music on this first Sunday of our Spring Membership Drive. We have lots of listener favorites in store for you. In addition, we have a wonderful new recording, The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which can be yours for a Sustaining Membership of $10 per month. American composer Benedict Sheehan composed this setting of the ancient Byzantine liturgy. If you enjoy hearing those low basses commonly heard in this genre of music, you will love this music. Great Sacred Music airs from 8 a.m. Eastern until 12 noon.

Please support Great Sacred Music. You can submit your gift online, on our app, or call 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support.

On March 20 we observe the birthday of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997). Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter was considered one of the greatest 20th-century pianists.

Photo: Photo in Ann Arbor District Library, Unknown Author


Saturday, March 19, 2022

The 2021-22 season of live Saturday matinee broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continues with Handel’s grand drama Rodelinda. Soprano Elza van den Heever stars in the title role as the noble queen who takes a stand to defend her kingdom and her family. Countertenor Iestyn Davies is her husband, the deposed king Bertarido, and tenor Paul Appleby is the conqueror Grimoaldo, who seeks to claim Rodelinda to secure his place on the throne. The superb ensemble cast also features mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Harry Bicket, a renowned master of the Baroque style, conducts the Met Orchestra in Handel’s powerfully moving score.

The curtain goes up at 12 noon Eastern.

This morning Curtis Brothers and Helen Halva are asking for your support of the great classical music you love here on The Classical Station. Please make your gift online here on our website, on our app, by mail to WCPE, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, North Carolina, or, better yet, give us a call. We’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers. 800-556-5178.

Thank you for your support!

On March 19 we observe the birthdays of Korean cellist Myung-Wha Chung (1944-), King John IV of Portugal (1604-1656), and German composer Max Reger (1873-1916).

After studying with Leonard Rose at The Julliard School, Myung-Wha Chung has gone on to an active performing career. She is a professor of cello at The Mannes College of Music in New York. King John ruled the Portuguese empire at its zenith. He was also a patron of the arts and a gifted composer. A prolific composer, Herr Reger’s music is familiar, and indeed terrifying, to organists.

Photos: Portrait of King John IV of Portugal, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Myung-Wha Chung, Unknown Author, Alchetron; Max Reger, Ernst Hoenisch, Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg,

Friday, March 18, 2022

On this first day of our Spring Membership Drive, we have an Early Bird Special for you. Gustavo Romero’s Chopin Impromptus & Other Works can be yours for a Sustaining Membership of $10 per month or a one-time gift of $120.

Romero’s playing combined a basic patience, the willingness to let the music come at its own pace, with a certain tautness of phrase that clarified rhythms, phrases and paragraphs. This was Chopin with backbone.— The Orange County Register, California

Call 800-556-5178 and tell the phone answerer that you want to become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station and that you want Chopin Impromptus & Other Works. If you choose to give online, please note in the Additional Comments field of the pledge form that you would like Chopin Impromptus & Other Works as your Thank-you Gift.

Thank you for supporting The Classical Station!

On March 18 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), and Japanese violist Nobuko Imai (1943-), and American conductor James Conlon (1950-).

Rimsky-Korsakov was one of The Mighty Handful of Russian composers that included Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, and Alexander Borodin. After studying at Julliard and Yale, Ms. Imai has gone on to have a distinguished career performing and teaching. A native of Douglaston, Queens, New York, Maestro Conlon is currently Music Director of Los Angeles Opera and Artistic Advisor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from September 2021.

Photos: Portrait of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov by Valentin Serow, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons; Nobuko Imai by Marco Borggreve; James Conlon courtesy Cincinnati May Festival

Thursday, March 17, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents an encore broadcast, hosted by the late Al Ruocchio, of Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna (The World on the Moon), an opera buffa set to a libretto by Carlo Goldoni in 1750. It was first performed at Eszterháza, Hungary on August 3, 1777.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On March 17 we observe the birthday of composer and organist Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901).

A native of Liechtenstein, Rheinberger spent most of his life in Germany. He taught several Americans including Horatio Parker and George Whitefield Chadwick. His European students included Englebert Humperdinck, Richard Strauss, and Wilhelm Furtwängler.

Photo: Joseph Rheinberger, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Photo: iStock Photos

Classical music lovers take many different paths to their passion for this music. It might have been your parents or a friend. It might have been Bach or Handel, or Beethoven or Mozart, or Chopin.  The journey to classical musiccan begin just about anywhere, take any number of detours and diversions, get thoroughly and delightfully lost.  Yet the heart of classical is always there, constantly drawing you in. For so many people The Classical Station has been a home for that passion. It’s been a further education in the musical tradition.

Please support the classical music you love by donating securely here on our website or on our app. If you prefer, call 800-556-5178 anytime and speak with a member of our staff who will be happy to take your gift. Thank you for your support.

On March 16 we observe the birthdays of English conductor Sir Roger Norrington (1934-), German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig (1925-), Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza (1935-), American composer David Del Tredici (1937-), and German conductor Claus Peter Flor (1953-).

Highly-regarded for his performances and recordings of Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, and more on period instruments, Sir Roger Norrington founded the London Classical Players in 1978. Active from the 40s through the 90s, Ms. Ludwig was one of the greatest singers of her generation. Besides appearing on opera house stages around the world, Senora Berganza has appeared in nine movies. A Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, David Del Tredici is renowned for his music written for a variety of genres. Maestro Flor has conducted many of the world’s great orchestras. He was music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1999-2008.

Photos: Sir Roger Norrington by Manfred Esser; Christa Ludwig, Unknown Author on Opera World; Teresa Berganza, Unknown Author, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons; David Del Tredici, Unknown Author on Marin Music Chest; Claus Peter Flor, Shawn Northcutt

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Our Spring 2022 Membership Drive begins this Friday. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are very special listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station that you enjoy so much.

The way it works is very simple. For example, a listener in Virginia commits $600 to the membership drive. She tells us that she will match any contribution up to a total of $600. So, once her angel match is met, The Classical Station garners $600 from our Angel and another $600 from the listeners who have become Sustaining Members.

Can you be an Angel during our Spring 2022 Membership Drive? Here’s how to make that happen: call Tanja Greaves here at the station and let her know that you want to be an Angel with your gift of $300 or more. You can reach Tanja at 800-556-5178 or email her.

If you prefer, you can become an Angel by making your gift of $300 or more online via our secure server. Just be sure to mention that you want to be an Angel in the Comments box. Thank you for inspiring other listeners to support The Classical Station. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

On March 15 we observe the birthday of Austrian composer Eduard Strauss (1835-1916). Part of the Strauss dynasty, he and his brothers Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss composed much light music to entertain the good people of Vienna.

Photo: Eduard Strauss, Unknown Author, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons

Monday, March 14, 2022

The Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor are two of the works you can hear on Monday Night At The Symphony this evening. Vernon Handley and Sir Charles Groves conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern. Right after Renaissance Fare.

This evening the March edition of Renaissance Fare features music for lute and guitar. You’ll hear some of the first classical guitar compositions from the 1500s performed by Andres Segovia. Music of John Dowland will be performed by popular lutenists including Julian Bream. Paul O’Dette performs several early Italian compositions performed.

Get out your shawms and tabrets and join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: From a drawing in ‘Cassell’s Library of English Literature’, Henry Morley, 1883, on

On March 14 we observe the birthdays of German composer Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), and Austrian composer Johann Strauss (1804-1849).

A prolific composer, Herr Telemann was a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach and godfather to his son Carl Philipp Emmanuel. Besides composing waltzes and popularizing that genre, Herr Strauss is well-known for another piece, namely, the Radetzky March.

Photos: Georg Philipp Telemann, after a lost painting by Ludwig Michael Schneider (1750), Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons; Lithograph of Johann Strauss, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons. Both photographic reproductions are considered to be in the public domain in the United States.