This Week At The Classical Station

Photo by Ian.B. Kennedy

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs The Theme from the Long Goodbye by John Williams to open preview this week. Rob Kennedy speaks with Lorraine Vaillancourt about her CD New Jewish Music.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Gloriae Dei Cantores, Pygmalion, and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Leo Sowerby, and Gaetano Donizetti. Our featured work is a recreation of the 1595 Coronation Mass for Venetian Doge Marino Grimani.

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

Today we observe the birthday of French composer Amélie-Julie Candeille (1767-1834).  Mlle. Candeille flourished in Paris as a composer, singer, playwright, and performer. Sadly, only a few of her instrumental compositions have survived. None have been recorded in recent times.

Photo: Author Uncertain, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, July 30, 2022

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Today we observe the birthday of English pianist Gerald Moore (1899-1987). Moore was highly regarded for his accompanying of many famous singers including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Ángeles, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, July 29, 2022

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff. Falstaff was Verdi’s second comic opera and his third work based on a Shakespeare play, following Macbeth and Otello. The plot revolves around the thwarted, sometimes farcical, efforts of the obese knight Sir John Falstaff while he tries to seduce two married women. Why? So that he may gain access to their family’s wealth!

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. With host Dr. Jay Pierson.

On July 28 we observe the birthdays of Austrian piano manufacturer Ignaz Bösendorfer (1796-1859), American conductor Carmen Dragon (1914-1954), and Italian conductor Riccardo Muti (1941-).

Herr Bösendorfer founded his company in 1828. Oscar and Emmy award winner Carmen Dragon conducted the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and his own orchestra in the 30s and 40s. Maestro Muti was Music Director of La Scala in Milan from 1986 -2005. He was also Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980-1992 and since 2010 has been Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Riccardo Muti, Andreas Praefke, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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On July 27 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) and Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916). Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani was a virtuoso guitarist of the 19th century who knew Beethoven, Rossini and Hummel.  While Goyescas is his most popular composition these days, Granados left us over one hundred compositions in a variety of forms.

Photos: Enrique Granados, Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons;  Mauro Giuliani, Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

It’s a simple fact that the great majority of our operating budget comes from you and from people like you who love and treasure classical music. Listener support delivers the timelessness of Mozart and Brahms, the power of Mahler and Beethoven, and the beauty of Schubert and Haydn. Whether it’s early music or baroque or twentieth-century masters or all the treasures that lie between, there would be no great classical music without your support. Your donation today allows us to play classical music tomorrow and for days to come here on The Classical Station.

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Photo: Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

On July 26 we observe the birthday of John Field (1782-1837), the Irish pianist and composer. Field is perhaps best known for creating the musical form we know as the ‘nocturne’ or night song. Chopin, in turn, made the nocturne popular when he adopted the form as his own. John Field was a student of Muzio Clementi, another piano virtuoso and teacher.

Photo: Etching of John Field in the Gallica Library, Unknown Author, Public Domain,

Monday, July 25, 2022

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Berlin Philharmonic. Founded in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the world’s most acclaimed and recorded orchestras. This week’s concert features music by Franz Schubert, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Ludwig van Beethoven in performances conducted by Herbert von Karajan, Sir Simon Rattle, and current Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko.

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On July 25 we observe the birthday of Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester (1930-2010). A native of Montreal, Quebec, Ms. Forrester appeared on opera stages and recital halls worldwide during her long career from 1953-1983.

Photo: Unknown Author, Alchetron, Fair Use