This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, May 7, 2023

The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink, opens Preview! with a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90. Naomi Lambert speaks with the Bowden/Dash Duo, Mary Elizabeth Bowden, and David Dash, about their, upcoming appearance with The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

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

Our guest on the May edition of My Life In Music is concert pianist Kathryn Stott. My Life in Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Information about their May 14 Mother’s Day concert, Trumpets and Grieg, is available at the orchestra’s website.

Join Naomi Lambert for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

This week Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Utah State University Chamber Singers, Anonymous 4, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod, and Ola Gjeilo.

Great Sacred Music begins at 8 a.m. Eastern. Right after Sing for Joy. On The Classical Station. 8 a.m. Eastern.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

If you watched the Coronation of King Charles III earlier, you heard the marvelous singing of the choir under the direction of Andrew Nethsingha. Andrew was Director of Music at St. John’s College, Cambridge, before he was appointed to be Organist and Director of Music at Westminster Abbey. We have interviewed Andrew over the years. You can listen to him talking about his work as a church musician in an interview we aired on Preview! last January.

Photo: Andrew Nethsingha courtesy St. John’s College, Cambridge

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2022-23 Season of live Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with Giacomo Puccini’s ageless story about love and loss, La Bohème. This season, Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of this beloved opera. The cast stars soprano Eleonora Buratto and tenor Stephen Costello as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo. Soprano Sylvia D’Eramo and baritone Davide Luciano are the couple Musetta and Marcello, always breaking up or making up. And Christian Van Horn and Alexey Lavrov play their bohemian friends Colline and Schaunard. Maestro Nézet-Séguin leads the Met orchestra and chorus in Puccini’s unforgettably melodic and heartbreaking score.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Friday, May 5, 2023

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On May 5 we observe the birthdays of English organist T. Tertius Noble (1867-1953), Paraguayan guitarist Agustin Barrios (1885-1944), German composer Hans Fitzner (1869-1949), French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris (1951-), and Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (1978-).

Dr. Noble was the Organist of York Minister until he was translated to St. Thomas Church, New York where he founded the St. Thomas Choir School among other achievements. Agustín Barrios Mangoré and Nitsuga was both a virtuoso performer and prolific composer. Not well-known these days, Herr Fitsner nonetheless was a highly-regarded composer and teacher in his day. His students include Otto Klemperer, Charles Much, and Carl Orff, to name but a few. Monsieur Katsaris gained a certain notoriety for recording Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies. One of the few contemporary composers who seem to understand writing for voices, Ola Gjeilo is well-regarded by choirs and choral conductors worldwide.

Photos: T. Tertius Noble, Thwaites, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Agustin Barrios, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Hans Pfitzner, Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Cyprien Katsaris, Carole Bellaïche, CC-BY-3.0, Wikimedia Commons; Ola Gjeilo, Anna-Julia Granberg, CC-BY-SA-4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, May 4, 2023

This evening, the Thursday Night Opera House presents Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Alceste. Based on a play by Euripides, Gluck’s 1767 masterpiece is a story of love and redemption, in which Alceste (Ringholz) sacrifices herself to keep her husband alive. Ultimately, Apollo’s (Martinsson) intervention makes for a joyous ending.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On May 4 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek (1860-1945), American soprano Roberta Peters (1930-2017), Russian conductor Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018), and Mexican conductor Enrique Bátiz Campbell (1942-).

Quick facts about our birthday celebrants: Emil von Reznicek was a personal friend of Richard Strauss. He is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his opera Donna Diana. A remarkably agile coloratura soprano, Roberta Peters had a thirty-five-year association with the Metropolitan Opera. Gennady Rozhdestvensky was actually born Gennady Nikolayevich Anosov. He adapted his mother’s last name to avoid any confusion with his famous musician parents. He went on to conduct many of the world’s orchestras. Enrique Bátiz’ full name is Enrique Bátiz Campbell because the Mexican naming convention gives a child two apellidos or last names: the first from his father, the second from his mother.

Photos: Emil von Reznicek, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Roberta Peters, Sol Hurok, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Enrique Bátiz, Unknown Author,;  Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jialiang Jao, CC by 2.5, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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On May 2 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye (1810-1874), and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev (1953-).

Composer of over 45 operas, Signor Scarlatti bridged the Baroque and Classical eras. Think of Lumbye as a Danish Strauss, and you will understand his output of waltzes and other dances. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 21st-century, Maestro Gergiev is Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos: Alessandro Scarlatti, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Hans Christian Lumbye, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Valery Gergiev, David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, May 1, 2023

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1880. The program includes music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonin Dvorak, and Peter Tchaikovsky, conducted by Walter Susskind, David Robertson, and Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin. Tell your smart device to “Play The Classical Station” at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Our guest on the May edition of My Life In Music is concert pianist Kathryn Stott. My Life in Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Information about their May 14 Mother’s Day concert, Trumpets and Grieg, is available at the orchestra’s website.

Join Naomi Lambert for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On May 1 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960) and Czech-born British conductor Walter Susskind (1913-1980). A violinist and a painter, Hugo Alfvén created over fifty compositions. A student of George Szell, Maestro Susskind was noted for his interpretation of opera. He was Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1968-1975.

Photo: Hugo Alfvén, Peder Severin Krøyer, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Walter Susskind, Unknown Author, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra