This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: “Waldstein 1 (Yellow)” by Rosemary Szczygiel

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Curtis Institute Guitar Quartet opens Preview! this week with a performance of Paul Lansky Four’s Company. Dr. Stephen Futtrell, Director of Voices of Chapel Hill, talks about the group’s upcoming concert.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday for Preview!, bringing you the latest classical releases and local arts news.

Angèle Dubeau
Photo © Luc Robitaille

Acclaimed violinist Angèle Dubeau, is our guest on the May edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Angèle talks about her education in Montreal, New York, and Bucharest, as well as the 25th anniversary of her ensemble La Pietà.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.

This morning, Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, and the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. Also on the playlist is Cantata 146 by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Mass No. 3 in F minor by Anton Bruckner, and the Messe Solonnelle in C sharp minor by Louis Vierne.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music. Every Sunday morning. 8 a.m. Eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.

On May 8 we observe the birthdays of German composer Karl Stamitz (1745-1801), American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), English sopranos Heather Harper (1930-2019), and Felicity Lott (1947-).

Herr Stamitz composed 50 symphonies as well as 60 concertos for various instruments. A native of New Orleans, Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s talent was recognized by Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. Heather Harper was highly regarded on both the operatic stage and in the concert hall. During her long career, Felicity Lott sang both opera and lieder.

Photo: Karl Stamitz, Unknown Author, Alchetron, Fair Use; Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Matthew Brady, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Heather Harper, Unknown Author, Bach-Cantatas, Fair Use; Felicity Lott, Benjamin Ealovega


Saturday, May 7, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of live Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with Puccini’s thrilling opera Turandot. The stellar international cast features Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role of the icy princess of legendary Peking. Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee is Prince Calàf, who risks everything for her love. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is the devoted slave girl Liù, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto is Timur, the exiled king of Tartary. Maestro Marco Armiliato leads the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this resplendent score.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Act II, Scene 2 of Puccini’s Turandot. Marty Sohl/Met Opera

On May 7 we observe the birthdays of German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).

Johannes Brahms was one of the greatest classical musicians who ever lived. His enormous output included orchestral, chamber, keyboard, choral, and vocal music. Ballets, symphonies, concerti, operas, and much more flowed from the pen of Tchaikovsky, one of the greatest Romantic-era composers.

Photos: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Johannes Brahms, C. Brasch, Berlin, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Friday, May 6, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot
Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. Eastern

This weekend we celebrate one of the most popular instruments, the piano, on Primarily Piano Weekend. We’ll feature performances by today’s brightest pianists including Benjamin Grosvenor, David Fray, Yuja Wang, and Isata Kanneh-Mason, as well as the legendary virtuosi of the last century including Artur Rubinstein, Alicia de Larrocha, Earl Wild, and Sviatoslav Richter. Find out what we have scheduled by clicking on the Listen tab on our website.

Photo: Antony Griffiths, Wikimedia Commons, CC by 2.0


Thursday, May 5, 2022

WCPE tower by Will Padgett

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This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Halka, an opera by Polish composer Stanisław Moniuszko. From the Naxos liner notes: “Halka tells the tragic story of its title character, a peasant girl whose love for the noble Janusz is betrayed when he abandons her to wed Zofia, daughter of the Esquire.”

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.” Jay Pierson hosts.

On May 5 we observe the birthdays of English organist T. Tertius Noble (1867-1953), Paraguayan guitarist Agustin Barrios (1885-1944), German composer Hans Fitzner (1869-1949), French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris (1951-), and Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (1978-).

Dr. Noble was the Organist of York Minister until he was translated to St. Thomas Church, New York where he founded the St. Thomas Choir School among other achievements. Agustín Barrios Mangoré and Nitsuga was both a virtuoso performer and prolific composer. Not well-known these days, Herr Fitsner nonetheless was a highly-regarded composer and teacher in his day. His students include Otto Klemperer, Charles Much, and Carl Orff, to name but a few. Monsieur Katsaris gained a certain notoriety for recording Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies. One of the few contemporary composers who seem to understand writing for voices, Ola Gjeilo is well-regarded by choirs and choral conductors worldwide.

Photos: T. Tertius Noble, Thwaites, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Agustin Barrios, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Hans Pfitzner, Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Cyprien Katsaris, Carole Bellaïche, CC-BY-3.0, Wikimedia Commons; Ola Gjeilo, Anna-Julia Granberg, CC-BY-SA-4.0, Wikimedia Commons


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

You get to be Music Director every Friday on All Request Friday on The Classical Station. Let us know what you’d like us to play between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern by submitting your request here on our website by clicking on Request Music or on our App by clicking on the Menu in the top left corner and then clicking on Request Programs.

On May 4 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek (1860-1945), American soprano Roberta Peters (1930-2017), Russian conductor Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018), and Mexican conductor Enrique Bátiz Campbell (1942-).

Quick facts about our birthday celebrants: Emil von Reznicek was a personal friend of Richard Strauss. He is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his opera Donna Diana. A remarkably agile coloratura soprano, Roberta Peters had a thirty-five-year association with the Metropolitan Opera. Gennady Rozhdestvensky was actually born Gennady Nikolayevich Anosov. He adapted his mother’s last name to avoid any confusion with his famous musician parents. He went on to conduct many of the world’s orchestras. Enrique Bátiz’ full name is Enrique Bátiz Campbell because the Mexican naming convention gives a child two apellidos or last names: the first from his father, the second from his mother.

Photos: Emil von Reznicek, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Roberta Peters, Sol Hurok, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Enrique Bátiz, Unknown Author, EnriqueBatiz.net;  Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jialiang Jao, CC by 2.5, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Monday Night at the Symphony features the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program is music by Peter Tchaikovsky, Anton Bruckner, Ludwig van Beethoven and César Franck in performances conducted by Herbert von Karajan, Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, and Carlo Maria Giulini.

The Classical Station brings you a concert by a great orchestra on Monday Night at the Symphony, every Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Angèle Dubeau
Photo © Luc Robitaille

Acclaimed violinist Angèle Dubeau, is our guest on the May edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.  Angèle talks about her education in Montreal, New York, and Bucharest, as well as the 25th anniversary of her ensemble La Pietà.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On May 2 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye (1810-1874), and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev (1953-).

Composer of over 45 operas, Signor Scarlatti bridged the Baroque and Classical eras. Think of Lumbye as a Danish Strauss, and you will understand his output of waltzes and other dances. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 21st-century, Maestro Gergiev is Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos: Alessandro Scarlatti, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Hans Christian Lumbye, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Valery Gergiev, David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons