This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: “Afternoon Rain in Provence” by Gary Farlow in our Virtual Art Exhibit

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Julliard String Quartet opens Preview! this evening with a new recording of Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet in F.  Rob Kennedy speaks with Margaret Maria about her new CD Where Words Fail-Music For Healing.

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

The June edition of Renaissance Fare will focus exclusively on the music of 16th-century English composer John Dowland.

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

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, Chanticleer, and the Vienna Boys Choir. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frank Martin, and Giuseppe Verdi. Dr. Lynn R. Huber offers a commentary on the much-loved hymn Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing.

Great Sacred Music fills your Sunday morning with beautiful choral and organ music beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern, right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.

On June 19 we observe the birthday of Czech composer Johann Stamitz (1717-1757). Jan Václav Antonín Stamic was a composer who straddled the Baroque and Classical eras.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, June 18, 202

Classical music is a tapestry of instruments, experiences, emotions, and stories. Every piece of music you hear on The Classical Station is also part of the larger tapestry of musical history, a history that goes back through centuries of composition and more than a century of recordings. And every day The Classical Station weaves a tapestry for you drawn from the thousands of recordings in our music library. But today the story is all about you, our listener.

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Photo by The Blue Diamond Gallery, Fair Use

John Scott
Photo by Joseph A. Vitacco

Today we observe the birthdays of two English organists, Sir George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987), and John Scott (1956-2015). Dr. Thalben-Ball was a brilliant concert organist and held the post of Organist of London’s Temple Church for over sixty years. John Scott was Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London for twenty-six years.  In 2004 he became the Organist and Director of Music of St. Thomas Church, New York, which post he held until his untimely death on August 12, 2015.


Friday, June 17, 2022

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On June 17 we observe the birthdays of French composer Charles Gounod (1818-1893) and Russian-American composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Gounod is best known as a composer of operas of which he wrote twelve and an Ave Maria based on a Bach prelude. What perhaps is not as well known is that later in life, Gounod played the guitar. Stravinsky was supposed to be a lawyer. His studies with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov changed that career path.

Photos: Charles Gounod, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Igor Stravinsky, George Grantham Bain Collection, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, June 16, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features a performance of Georges Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles from the archives of Opera House’s long-time host, the late Al Ruocchio.  Georges Bizet burst onto the colorful Parisian operatic scene with Les Pêcheurs de Perles in 1863, just a few months shy of his 25th birthday. It contains the most beautiful tenor and baritone duet in all the operatic repertoire. In the last act two lovers are scheduled to be executed. How do they escape their plight?

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” this evening at 8 p.m. Eastern. Jay Pierson hosts.

On June 16 we observe the birthdays of Bohemian cellist and composer David Popper (1843-1913), American dramatic soprano Helen Traubel (1899-1972), Austrian conductor and violinist Willi Boskovsky (1909-1991), and Romanian-Israeli-American Sergiu Comissiona (1928-2005).

Popper was one of the last cellists to play the instrument without using an endpin. Ms. Traubel was highly regarded for her interpretation of Wagnerian roles. Boskovsky was famous for his Vienna New Year’s concerts. Among his other accomplishments, Maestro Comissiona established the Baltimore Symphony as a world-class orchestra during his tenure there from 1969.

Photos: David  Popper, E. Bieber, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Helen Traubel, Unknown Author, Missouri History Museum, Fair Use; Wili Boskovsky, Unknown Author, Vienna Philharmonic, Fair Use; Sergiu Comissiona, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Summer edition of Quarter Notes is out. If you haven’t received your copy, it’s on its way to you. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We have resolved the production issues so you can look forward to receiving future editions of Quarter Notes on time.

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On June 15 we observe the birthdays of German composer Franz Danzi (1763-1826), Irish composer Charles Wood (1866-1926), and Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907).

A composer who bridged the Classical and Romantic periods, Danzi wrote music in a variety of genres. He was perhaps best known for his operas. Largely known these days for his choral works, Charles Wood taught Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. Famous for his Piano Concerto which Franz Liszt helped him orchestrate, Edvard Grieg is considered one of the great Romantic-era composers.

Photos: Franz Danzi, Heinrich Eduard Winter, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Charles Wood, Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons; Edvard Grieg, Joseph John Elliott and Clarence Edmund Fry, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Do you have a child or grandchild who’s into classical music? Do you teach music in a school or college? Please let your young people know about our Conversations with conductors, performers, and composers. You can find them here and on our apps. The reason we interview classical musicians is to have them share their love of classical music and the influences which made them the fine musicians they are. We sincerely hope that their stories will inspire young people aspiring to become classical musicians.

On June 14 we observe the birthday of Chinese pianist Lang-Lang (1982-). According to the late Earl Wild, Lang Lang is “the J. Lo of the piano.” A child prodigy who studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Lang Lang has appeared on concert stages and other venues worldwide.

Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, June 13, 2022

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the London Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by Felix Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz, and Sergei Rachmaninoff in performances conducted by Andre Previn, Sir Colin Davis, and István Kertész.

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

The June edition of Renaissance Fare will focus exclusively on the music of 16th-century English composer John Dowland.

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

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

On June 13 we observe the birthday of Mexican composer and conductor Carlos Chávez and Austrian composer Anton Eberl. Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez was director of Orquesta Sinfónica de México at one point in his career. Herr Eberl’s music was apparently good enough that Mozart put his name on some of Eberl’s works and claimed them as his own. When Mozart died, Eberl published a notice which essentially said: “That was really my music.”

Photos: Carlos Chávez/SEMO, Mexico City; Anton Eberl, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons