This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 2, 2020

This evening on Preview! pianist Stephen Hough plays music of Beethoven with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu conducting. Rob Kennedy speaks with violinist Niv Ashkenazi about his CD Violins of Hope. Guitarist Junhong Kuang plays Rodrigo.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern. With Jeffrey David Smith.

Photo: Stephen Hough/

This evening on Wavelengths, as part of our Cinema Classics Weekend, we’ll hear music from the Oscar-winning soundtrack to The Joker by Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. We’ll also hear film music of the late Ennio Morricone, along with a chamber work for alto saxophone and strings by Ellen Taafe Zwillich.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. With Ed Amend.

Photo: Ennio Morricone/

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Russian State Symphonic Cappella, The Collegiate Singers, and Orfeón Donostiarra. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sir Arthur Bliss, and Charles Gounod.

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

Photo: 1990 Kuhn organ in Johanneskirche, Shaffhausen, Switzerland/

On August 2 we observe the birthday of English composer Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975). Sir Arthur wrote music in a variety of forms including ballet and film. The Arthur Bliss Society has more information about him.

Photo: Herbert Lambert

Saturday, August 1, 2020

There’s more to a great film experience than just the image on the screen. It’s the musical soundtrack that sets the mood of a scene, building tension, heightening drama, accentuating a punchline. Join us for Cinema Classics, one of our most popular theme weekends, as we feature music from best-loved films, both classical selections as well as works written especially for the silver screen. Popcorn is recommended.

Photo: Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Madame Tussads/Loren Javier

On August 1 we observe the birthdays of German-American conductor William Steinberg (1899-1978), German horn player Hermann Baumann (1934-), and Catalan early music specialist and conductor Jordi Savall (1941-). One of the great 20th century conductors, Maestro Steinberg was music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (1945-1952), the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1952-1976), and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1969-1972). Steinberg had a great sense of humor and loved to poke fun at himself. He claimed to be multi-lingual, speaking “four and a half languages – the half being English.” Herr Baumann has been one of the leading French horn players since 1964 when he won first prize at an international music festival. Jordi Savall i Bernadet has over 100 recordings to his credit. He is also a composer who has written a half-dozen or so film scores.


Friday, July 31, 2020

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

“Lammermoor lass goes mad, stabs fiancée to death” is the headline that might have appeared in The Scotsman following the premiere of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which is featured this evening on the Thursday Night Opera House. Loosely based on Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor, the opera benefitted greatly from a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued nineteenth-century readers and audiences. Lucia premiered on September 26, 1835, at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. It has always been the best-known of Donizetti’s tragic operas and has never fallen out of the standard repertory.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. With host Bob Chapman.

Photo: Scene from the 2014-2015 Metropolitan Opera production of Lucia/Marty Sohl

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. 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 programs you rely on from 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 be entitled to a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Classical music carries a kind of truth. It’s music with a purpose. It’s music that reaches deep into our hearts and souls. It’s 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.

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Painting by Gerard van Honthorst c. 1623/

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The music you hear on The Classical Station is made possible in part by bequests from generous listeners. Their munificence over the years has allowed us to share the great classical music they loved so much with listeners everywhere. Find out more about how you can remember The Classical Station in your estate planning.

If you are planning to make a bequest to The Classical Station in your Will, please let us know so that we can thank you.

On July 28 we observe the birthdays of Austrian piano manufacturer Ignaz Bosendorfer (1796-1859), American conductor Carmen Dragon (1914-1854), and Italian conductor Riccardo Muti (1941-). Herr Bosendorfer founded his company in 1828. Oscar and Emmy award winner Carmen Dragon conducted the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. 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.

Photos:; Riccardo Muti/RMMusic

Monday, July 27, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. We’ll hear works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in performances led by Daniele Gatti, Yuri Termirkanov, and Sir Thomas Beecham.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Bill Hiskett

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.