This Week At The Classical Station

Photo by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Zurich Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of James Gaffigan opens Preview! this evening with a performance of Samuel Barber’s Overture to The School For Scandal. Saxophonist Matt Evans talks about his CD Project Fusion.

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

This morning the Memorial Day edition of Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Saint Thomas Choir, New York, and the Harvard University Choir. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerald Near, and Domenico Cimarosa.

Great Sacred Music brings you beautiful choral and organ music every Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.

On May 29 we observe the birthdays of Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Austrian-born American composer Erich Korngold (1897-1957), German conductor Karl Münchinger (1915-1990), and American conductor Helmut Rilling (1933-).

Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual composed many piano pieces using themes from Spanish folk music. Erich Korngold won an Academy Award in 1938 for his score to The Adventures of Robin Hood. We have Herr Münchinger to thank for popularizing Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D which Munchinger first recorded in 1960. Herr Rilling is a renowned conductor of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He also founded the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart among several other ensembles.

Photos: Isaac Albéniz, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Erich Korngold, Unknown Author, Bain Collection in Library of Congress, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Karl Münchinger, Jens Gathmann, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Helmut Rilling, Unknown Author, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of live Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with the transcendent experience of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. Durham, North Carolina native, Anthony Roth Costanzo reprises his Grammy Award-winning portrayal of the visionary pharaoh who tried to convert Egypt to the worship of a single god – the sun god Aten. The cast also features Rihab Chaieb as his wife Nefertiti, with Zachary James, Dísella Lárusdóttir, Aaron Blake, Richard Bernstein, and Will Liverman. Karen Kamensek conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this mesmerizing score. Listen to Bob Chapman’s interview with Anthony Roth Constanza on our Conversations page.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern.

On May 28 we observe the birthdays of German baritone Fischer-Dieskau (1925-2012), and Romanian-born Austrian composer György Sándor Ligeti (1923-2006).

Herr Fischer-Dieskau was universally acclaimed as the greatest singer of lieder. His recordings of Schubert songs with Gerald Moore and Jorge Demus are acmes of the genre. Ligeti was considered one of the greatest avant-garde composers of the 20th century. Stanley Kubrick used Ligeti’s music in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Photos: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Unknown Author, Alchetron; Gyorgy Ligeti, Marcel Antonisse, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, May 27, 2022

We invite you to be a part of our Memorial Day Weekend celebrating American composers and performers. We will have lots of patriotic music on Memorial Day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. At 3 p.m. Eastern on Monday, we will observe The National Moment of Remembrance followed by “Taps”.

You can find detailed playlists under the Listen tab. The volunteers and staff wish you and yours a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

On May 27 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jacques Halévy (1799-1862), German-Swiss composer Joachim Raff (1822-1882), and Scottish composer Thea Musgrave (1928-).

Jacques-François-Fromental-Élie Halévy had many notable students including Georges Bizet and Camille Saint-Saëns. Joseph Joachim Raff worked as Franz Liszt’s assistant for several years during which time he helped orchestrate several of the master’s works. Thea Musgrave has lived in the United States since 1972 and has been on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Queens College, City University of New York.

Photos: Jacques Halévy, Eugene Carjat, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Joachim Raff, Montel & Jacob, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Thea Musgrave, Christian Steiner.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first major operatic success will be featured on this evening’s Thursday Night Opera House: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio). With a libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner and Gottlieb Stephanie, the opera was premiered on July 16, 1782 at Vienna’s Burgtheater. The music includes some of the composer’s most spectacular and difficult arias: Osmin’s “O, wie will ich triumphieren” twice goes down to a low D, one of the lowest notes demanded of any voice in opera. Perhaps the most famous aria is the long and elaborate Martern aller Arten sung by Konstanze.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Jay Pierson hosts.

Thibaut Garcia
Photo ⓒ Luis Castilla

On May 26 we observe the birthdays of Lithuanian-born French pianist Vlado Perlemuter (1904-2002), English conductor Sir Eugene Gossens (1893-1962), American composer William Bolcom (1938-), and French guitarist Thibaut Garcia (1994-).

Vlado Perlemuter was renowned for his interpretation of the music of Maurice Ravel. Sir Eugene Aynsley Goossens came from a long line of distinguished musicians. William Bolcom won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his composition 12 New Etudes for Piano. Thibaut Garcia is in the vanguard of the new generation of classical guitarists. Winner of numerous competitions, his first album Leyendas was released in 2016.

Photo: Vlado Perlemuter, Unknown Author, Nimbus Records, Fair Use; William Bolcolm, Peter Smith; Eugene Gosenns, Unknown Author, Music Regeneree, Fair Use

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

If your vehicle – automobile, truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, or aircraft – is no longer of use to you, it can still go a long way as a donation in support of the beautiful music you love on The Classical Station. Here’s how it works: Center for Car Donations (CFCD) manages the donations on our behalf. Call them toll-free at 1-877-927-3872 for more information and to begin the car donation process. Don’t forget to mention that The Classical Station is the recipient of your donation.

A CFCD representative will schedule a pickup that’s convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation. We will mail you a confirmation that states how much your vehicle sold for at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will receive a one-year subscription to our quarterly member magazine, Quarter Notes. Thank you for supporting The Classical Station.

Photo: 1990-1993 Chrysler Imperial, Public Domain on

On May 25 we observe the birthday of American concert organist Diane Bish (1941-).

Diane is host and executive producer of The Joy of Music. She has filmed the show in most of the world’s great churches, showcasing their magnificent organs on every program. You can hear Diane talk about her life and career as a concert organist in an interview we did with her on My Life In Music in March 2019. Happy 81st birthday, Diane!

Photo: Roni Ely

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

We love playing the music you have asked us to play. Choose short pieces or long pieces from any period you like. As long as we have space for it, we’ll play it. If we don’t have the piece in our library, we will substitute a similar work by the same composer.

Because our request programs are very popular and fill up quickly, please submit your requests by Wednesday for All Request Friday, and by Thursday for the Saturday Evening Request Program. Do that by using the form on the Request page here on our website or on our app.

On May 24 we observe the birthdays of French conductor Paul Paray (1886-1979), Australian soprano Joan Hammond (1912-1996), and German flute and recorder player Hans-Martin Linde (1930-).

Maestro Paray was the conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1952-1963. Dame Joan Hilda Hood Hammond, DBE, CMG, was also a champion golfer. Besides being a virtuoso recorder and flute player Herr Linde has written several books on flute and recorder playing.

Photos: Paul Paray, Unknown Author, Alchetron, Fair Use; Joan Hammond, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons; Hans Martin Linde, Unknown Author, Fair Use.

Monday, May 23, 2022

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the English Chamber Orchestra. On the program is music by Benjamin Britten, Peter Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Edvard Grieg in performances conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard, and Sir Alexander Gibson. The Classical Station brings you a concert by a great orchestra on Monday Night at the Symphony, every Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

On May 23 we observe the birthdays of German composer Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870), Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha (1923-2009), and American pianist John Browning (1933-2003).

A prolific composer, Herr Moscheles spanned the Classical and Romantic periods of classical music. Alicia de Larrocha was one of the great 20th-century pianists. Samuel Barber wrote his Piano Concerto for John Browning who went on to win a Grammy for his recording of the work.

Photos: Ignaz Moscheles, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; John Browning, Herbert Barrett Management,  Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Alicia de Larrocha, Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de la Presidència, Wikimedia Commons