This Week At The Classical Station
by Rob Kennedy
by Rob Kennedy
Sunday, June 5, 2022
W.T. Matiegka’s Sonata No. 4 in E minor, begins Preview! this evening performed by David Starobin, guitar. Piano luminary Leif Ove Andsnes talks with Caleb Gardner about his new recording Mozart Momentum -1786 released on April 8, 2022.
Preview! brings you local arts news and new releases every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.
This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of Saint Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, DC, the Choir of Worcester Cathedral, and Pygmalion. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexander Grechaninov, and Gioachino Rossini.
Great Sacred Music brings you beautiful choral and organ music every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.
On June 5 we observe the birthday of Argentine pianist Martha Argerich (1941-)
Ms. Argerich is widely considered to be one of the finest concert pianists of her generation. As Medici.tv notes: “With her broad and varied repertoire, carefully chosen and never conformist, Martha Argerich has dominated the piano world since the 1960s. Endowed with a phenomenal technique, she has been able to put her personal stamp on the most demanding works in the repertoire, from Liszt to Prokofiev, and at the same time draw out all the keyboard colour for the musical worlds of Ravel and Messiaen. An impassioned and instinctively collaborative musician, she has increasingly focused less on solo recitals and more on chamber music and concertos, in fruitful partnerships with violinist Gidon Kremer and conductor Charles Dutoit.”
Photo: Adriano Heitman
Saturday, June 4, 2022
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of live Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with the network broadcast premiere of Hamlet, the striking new opera by Brett Dean with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn based on Shakespeare’s towering tragedy. Tenor Allan Clayton sings the tour-de-force title role of the prince of Denmark, tormented by his father’s murder and his mother’s hasty re-marriage. He’s joined by soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and bass-baritone John Relyea as the ghost. The superb ensemble cast also features Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Christopher Lowrey, David Butt Philip, William Burden, and Jacques Imbrailo. Nicholas Carter conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus in the opera’s audacious and riveting score.
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Jacques Imbrailo as Horatio, John Relyea as the Gravedigger, and Allan Clayton in the title role of Brett Dean’s Hamlet. Photo by Karen Almond/Met Opera
Robert Merrill enjoyed a successful career both on the opera stage and in musicals, radio and television. Ms. Bartoli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1996.
Photos: Robert Merrill, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Cecilia Bartoli, Erinc Salor, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons
Friday, June 3, 2022
On June 3 we observe the birthday of American lyric tenor Jan Peerce (1904-1984).
Born Jacob Pincus Perlmuth on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Peerce was highly regarded as a Verdi tenor. In fact, when Toscanini heard him sing on the radio, he engaged Peerce for a concert at Carnegie Hall. Peerce became the maestro’s “go-to tenor” and was featured in many historic recordings. Jan Peerce was active until 1982 on the concert stage and venues worldwide.
Photo: Jan Peerce, Halsman, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Thursday, June 2, 2022
This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents George Frederic Handel’s opera Rodelinda. In a nutshell, the storyline goes like this: Rodelinda is stricken with grief, believing that her husband, Bertirino, is dead, but is he? Several suitors try to steal her heart, yet she remains faithful to her husband’s memory. All is well that ends well and her husband returns, making a joyous ending to this masterpiece.
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On June 2 we observe the birthday of the English composer Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet OM GCVO, was one of the first composers to record his own works and to see the potential of recording technology.
Photo: Sir Edward Elgar, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
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On June 1 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), American pianist Richard Goode (1943-), and American mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade (1945-). Mikhail Glinka had a couple of piano lessons from Irish composer John Field. Richard Goode studied with Nadia Reisenberg and Rudolf Serkin. Ms. Von Stade has over 60 recordings to her credit.
Photos: Richard Goode by Steve Riskind; Mikhail Glinka, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Frederica von Stade by Lieberman Photography
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
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On May 31 we observe the birthdays of French composer Marin Marais (1656-1728), French composer Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), English countertenor Alfred Deller (1912-1979), and American mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett (1931-2010).
Marin Marais studied with Jean-Baptiste Lully. Louise Farrenc was a Professor at the Paris Conservatoire, as well as being a highly-regarded composer. Alfred Deller was instrumental in bringing back the countertenor voice in early music. Following a busy career singing in opera houses worldwide, Ms. Verrett was Professor of Voice and the James Earl Jones University Professor of Music at the University of Michigan.
Photos: Marin Marais, André Bouys, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Louise Farrenc, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Alfred Deller, Unknown Author, Decouvrir Musique; Shirley Verrett, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Monday, May 30, 2022
This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the New York Philharmonic. On the program is music by Leonard Bernstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Frederic Chopin in performances conducted by Thomas Schippers, Leonard Bernstein, and current music director Japp van Zweden.
The Classical Station brings you a concert by a great orchestra on Monday Night at the Symphony, every Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern.
A harpsichordist and organist, Gustav Leonhardt was an early music specialist whose teaching and work influenced a generation of performers including Martin Pearlman, Davitt Monroney, Ton Koopman, Christopher Hogwood, and Jeanette Sorrell. A child prodigy, Zoltán Kocsis began conducting in his 30s and was responsible for transforming the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra into a world-class ensemble.