This Week At The Classical Station

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Leif Ove Ansdnes
Photo © Özgür Albayrak

Leif Ove Andsnes opens Preview! this evening with a stunning performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488. Our Music Director, Caleb Gardner, spoke with Leif about his series of Mozart recordings, Mozart Momentum 1785. You can listen to that interview here. Naomi Lambert speaks with English organist Benjamin Sheen about his recording In London Town.

Preview! brings you the best in new releases and local arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, the Choir of York Minster, and Les Arts Florissants. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Josef Haydn, and Sir William Walton.

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

On November 6 we observe the birthdays of Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), Polish composer Ignaz Paderewski (1860-1941), and American composer John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). Antoine-Joseph Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1846. Besides being a pianist and composer, Paderewski was once Prime Minister of Poland for a short time in 1919. Sousa was a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps and a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.

Photo: John Philip Sousa, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, November 5, 2022

We describe The Classical Station as an oasis of calm, a refuge from all that is going on around us at home and abroad. So, in that spirit, I was delighted to discover the sublime singing of the English choral ensemble Voces 8 on their 2021 release entitled Infinity. The recording includes 15 secular songs by contemporary composers with the exception of the last track which is a breathtaking arrangement of Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia. In addition to the superb a capella singing, several tracks include instrumental accompaniments. The use of the traditional cello, viola, and harp is complemented by a pair of vibraphones with great effect.

From the Voces 8 website: “Brand new works and covers from renowned Composers of Film, Electronic And Alternative Contemporary Classical Music; Hildur Guðnadóttir, Ólafur Arnalds, Nainita Desai and A Winged Victory For The Sullen

This new collection of meditative and otherworldly choral recordings transcends genres and features six brand-new compositions interspersed with eight newly arranged covers from renowned composers. In this space-inspired concept album, VOCES8 leads listeners on an introspective journey beyond our world, inviting them to escape for an hour of contemplative and calming music. The voices of VOCES8 are intermingled with ethereal strings, harp, bowed vibraphones and, in one of the new compositions, a sample of the Sputnik satellite.”

You can heard Voces 8’s Artistic Director, Barnaby Smith, chatting about the ensemble on our Conversations page.

On November 5 we observe the birthday of Hungarian-born French pianist and composer György Cziffra (1921-1994).

Cziffra was noted for his transcriptions of orchestral works such as The Flight of the Bumblebee.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Common

Friday, November 4, 2022

More than 25% of our online listeners use their smart speakers to stream our great classical music. Are you cooking? Folding laundry? Your smart speaker can bring The Classical Station to you using simple voice commands. Just tell your smart device: “Alexa, play The Classical Station.”

Our talented Data Services staffer, Stu Pattison, wrote the code for the skill which makes Alexa obey your command. You will have to enable the skill on the Skills and Games page on the Alexa app on your smartphone. Search for “The Classical Station.” Then, Alexa will bring you our great classical music. Anytime. 24/7.

Photo by Gregory Varum, CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Abstract painting of small shapes: blues, yellows, reds, also oranges, greens, light pinks

“Music to My Eyes” by Jeffrey Newell. “I have been listening to the classical station for many years now.”

“Best Ever” is at the top of each hour today on The Classical Station. What makes a work so special to those that hear it? Why are the most famous melodies, movements, and motifs so enduring? A special program of the greatest and most popular pieces ever written will remind us of the first times we heard and loved great classical music.

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents one of the best-known operas of all time, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. When the lives of the cigarette girl Carmen and soldier Don José collide, their stories culminate in jealousy, deceit, and murder. This is a broadcast from the archives of the late Al Ruocchio, longtime host of Opera House.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On November 3 we observe the birthdays of German composer Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) and Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835).

Early baroque composer Scheidt studied in Amsterdam with Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini was a composer of operas whose ability to write beautiful melodies was admired by Liszt, Verdi, Chopin, and Wagner.

Photo: Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Tivoli, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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 beautiful music you love 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 receive a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1970 Chevelle, ZoeMacarthy Archives, Fair Use

On November 2 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799) and Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli (1946-2001).

Herr von Dittersdorf was an important composer of the classical era. He wrote over 120 symphonies. Signor Sinopoli died of a heart attack at age 54 while conducting an opera. Besides being a conductor and composer, Sinopoli had degrees in medicine and archaeology.

Photo: Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Heinrich Eduard Winter, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

On November 1 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Eugen Jochum (1902-1987), Spanish soprano Victoria de los Ángeles (1923-2005), and Welsh composer William Mathias (1934-1992).

One of the great conductors of the 20th century, Herr Jochum made his first recording in 1932. Señora de los Angeles sang the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust in her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1951. She made over 80 recordings. William Mathias composed the anthem Let all the people praise thee, o God for the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in July 1981.

Photo: Eugen Jochum, Jac. de Nijs/Anefo, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Monday, October 31, 2022

A huge Thank You! to all of you who supported The Classical Station during our Fall 2022 Drive.  What was very obvious during this Fund Drive was the number of gifts from listeners who live outside of our Central North Carolina FM signal range.  We are very happy that you listen to The Classical Station online.  Welcome to this very special family of classical music lovers!

If you haven’t made your donation, there’s still time to do so.  Make your gift online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178. Don’t forget to select a Thank You Gift. Thank you so much for your support!

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Chamber Orchestra of Europe which was founded in 1981. Our program includes music by Richard Strauss, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn, in performances conducted by Paavo Berglund, Sir András Schiff, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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