This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Ian B. Kennedy, Venice, Florida

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 14, 2022

To cap off our Cinema Classics Weekend,  our Music Director Caleb Gardner hosts a very special all-film edition of Preview! Join us for an evening of action, drama, romance, and intrigue. Learn a bit about how the best film composers; and the classical greats that inspired them, use music to make us cry, cheer, and jump for joy! Rob Kennedy speaks with Grammy Award-winning film and game composer Christopher Tin about his recording To Shiver the Sky.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 6 p.m. Eastern for a special edition of Preview! bringing you the latest classical releases and local arts news.
The August edition of Renaissance Fare features the music of 16th-century French composer Josquin des Prez. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance period and one of the originators of polyphonic music. We’ll hear a magnificent Credo from one of the 30 masses he wrote and some of his most popular secular tunes, chansons, and motets.

Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: A 1611 woodcut of Josquin des Prez, probably copied from a now-lost oil painting possibly executed during his lifetime. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

This week, as part of our Cinema Classics Weekend, Great Sacred Music includes sacred music you’ve heard in the movies. On the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, and Claudio Monteverdi.

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

On August 14 we observe the birthdays of English composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) and French conductor Georges Prêtre (1924-2017). Wesley received his middle name because of his father’s love of Bach. Monsieur Prêtre earned international recognition as a fine conductor of opera in the major opera houses of the world.

Photo: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Bringing you music composed hundreds of years ago takes 21st-century technology. Studio equipment, transmitters, satellites, fiber-optic Internet links, and a broadcasting tower nearly as tall as the Empire State Building. Help preserve the great sounds of western civilization. Donate online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178 today. Don’t let history be forgotten. Thank you for your support.

On August 13 we observe the birthdays of English composer John Ireland (1879-1962), French conductor Louis Frémaux (1921-2017), and American soprano Kathleen Battle (1948-).

Ireland wrote music in many forms, mainly in an impressionistic style. His students included Ernest John Moeran and Benjamin Britten. Frémaux was music director of several major orchestras including the Orchestra of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Battle is a GRAMMY Award-winning artist who is at home singing classical, jazz, and crossover works.

Photo: Kathleen Battle by Douglas Foulke


Friday, August 12, 2022

In the movies, the right music can make a scary scene scarier, a funny scene funnier, and a touching moment more poignant. This weekend is Cinema Classics Weekend on The Classical Station. We’ll feature music from best-loved films, both classical selections, and music written especially for the silver screen. No tickets required!

Listen on 89.7.FM, online here on our website, or on our app.

Photo: Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Madame Tussad’s by Loren Javier

On August 12 we observe the birthdays of Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) and English composers Maurice Greene (1696-1755), Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (1825-1889), and Sir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896).

Herr von Biber was a brilliant composer and one of the finest violinists of his era. Maurice Greene was one of the most acclaimed musicians of his time. Eighteenth-Century English Music states that by the age of 40 “he was Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Organist and Composer to the Chapel Royal, Professor of Music at Cambridge University and Master of the King’s Musick.” Sir Frederick A. G. Ouseley was one of those brilliant musicians whose music is rarely heard these days. A prominent musician of the late 19th century, Barnby is best known by modern listeners for his hymn tunes Laudes Domini for “When morning gilds the skies” and O Perfect Love for the popular wedding hymn of the same name.

Photo: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Paul Seel, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Thursday, August 11, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur which was first performed on November 6, 1902, in Milan. The actress Adriana has been waiting for many years for her lover, Maurizio, and tonight he is at the theatre to see her perform. Maurizio claims to have been called away on business. At a party, she learns that Maurizio is not who he claims to be.

This is one of hundreds of programs we archived when the late Al Ruocchio was the host. Jay Pierson is the current host of the Thursday Night Opera House. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Classical music was his companion. That’s why, in 2010, pop star, Kid Rock, raised a million dollars in a benefit concert and saved the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Classical Station is your companion, and you can have us with you everywhere you go. Just check out our app. We’re in your device’s store. Search for The Classical Station. When I built our first app in 2014, I knew it would make our Great Classical Music available anywhere there was WiFi or a cell phone signal. But I had no idea that we’d end up with over 15,000 downloads. Amazing!

Some of the things you can do on our app: submit a request for All Request Friday and the Saturday Evening Request Program; listen to our conversations with classical composers and performers; record a comment or suggestion; make a donation to The Classical Station, look at our playlists, and see what’s playing currently.

We’re always improving our app, so please do send us your suggestions. Thank you for your support. ~Rob

Photo: WCPE Photo Services


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Bringing you music composed hundreds of years ago takes 21st-century technology. Studio equipment, transmitters, satellites, fiber-optic Internet links, and a broadcasting tower nearly as tall as the Empire State Building. Help preserve the great sounds of western civilization. Donate online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178 today. Don’t let history be forgotten. Thank you for your support.

On August 10 we observe the birthdays of German composer Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629), Russian composer Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936), English composer Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960), and French organist and teacher Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013).

Herr Praetorius is remembered mostly for a collection of chorales or hymn tunes which became a standard musical form in church worship. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov taught Glazunov composition. Glazunov, in turn, taught Dmitri Shostakovich. Cecil Armstrong Gibbs was best known for his songs. Marie-Claire Alain recorded the complete organ works of Bach three times.

Photo: Alexander Glazunov, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Classical music reaches its widest audience as a feature of film and television, which make those two venues such a vital part of the classical tradition. Follow the state of the art during Cinema Classics Weekend this coming weekend as we feature the Wagnerian leitmotivs of John Williams, the organic atmospherics of Thomas Newman, and the pulsing minimalism of Hans Zimmer. Listen for classical favorites which have been used to make a moment on screen more exciting, a scene more exciting, or a favorite film more profound.

We’d love to play your favorite piece of music from the movies. Submit your request here on this website, on our app, or call us anytime at 919-556-0123.

Photo by Unknown author, Fox Corporation, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Dayne Topkin

Classical music carries a kind of truth. It’s music with a purpose – music that reaches deep into our hearts and souls – music that connects directly with our most profound emotions. Whether it’s Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn, Chopin or Schubert… classical music lays its heart on the line. In the world of music, there’s nothing that carries that kind of power. But to keep it right here on The Classical Station requires your financial support.

The way our business model works is that nobody will tell you what to give. That’s entirely up to you. It’s been that way since 1978. Please give securely online, via our app, mail us a check to WCPE The Classical Station, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588 or call 800-556-5178 anytime to speak with a member of staff.


Monday, August 8, 2022

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, an English orchestra founded in 1893. On the program is music by Edvard Grieg, Leonard Bernstein, and Sir William Walton in performances conducted by Paavo Berglund, Marin Alsop, and current chief conductor, Kirill Karabits.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The August edition of Renaissance Fare features the music of 16th-century French composer Josquin des Prez. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance period and one of the originators of polyphonic music. We’ll hear a magnificent Credo from one of the 30 masses he wrote and some of his most popular secular tunes, chansons, and motets.

Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: A 1611 woodcut of Josquin des Prez, probably copied from a now-lost oil painting possibly executed during his lifetime. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

On August 8 we observe the birthdays of French composer Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), Czech violinist and composer Josef Suk (1929-2011), and Italian-born American organist Pietro Yon (1886-1943). Of Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade, French opera composer Ambroise Thomas said, “This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.” Josef Suk was the great-grandson of Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. Pietro Alessandro Yon was the organist of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral from 1928-1943. He is best known for his Christmas piece Gesù bambino.

Photo: Cecile Chaminade, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons