This Week At The Classical Station

Photo by Dale Marie Muller

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 30, 2020

This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear a chamber work by Caroline Shaw in a new performance from the New York ensemble yMusic. We’ll also hear music for cello and orchestra by Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say, along with works by Joel Puckett and Paul Hindemith.

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

Photo: Caroline ShawKait Moreno

This evening on Preview! we’ll hear a new performance of a ground-breaking symphony from 1934 by American composer William Levi Dawson. Rob Kennedy speaks with Simon Wynberg, Artistic Director of the Toronto-based ARC Ensemble, about the music of Walter Kaufmann. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin plays bravura works by Liszt, and violinist Daniel Hope is among the latest performers to release an at-home recording.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern. With Steve Thebes.

Photo: Marc-André Hamelin/Fran Kaufman

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Stockholm Radio Chorus, the Holland Boys’ Choir, and the Cambridge Singers. Also on the playlist is Cantata BWV 69 by Johann Sebastian Bach, and The Pilgrim’s Progress by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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

Photo: Console of Aeolian-Skinner organ Opus 1399 in the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta/

On August 30 we observe the birthday of Dutch organist Piet Kee (1927-2018). Kee was highly-regarded as a recitalist. He was Organist of St. Laurens church in Alkmaar and St. Bavo church in Haarlem, churches which have historic pipe organs. He also recorded extensively.


Saturday, August 29, 2020

We have received hundreds of comments over the past several months about how our great classical music has calmed and inspired you. We hear you, and we are excited to announce The Classical Station’s Virtual Art Exhibition!

You may be familiar with Pictures at an Exhibition, the orchestral suite by Modest Mussorgsky inspired by paintings of Viktor Hartmann. We are doing the reverse. Submissions might include a drawing of oranges inspired by Frederick Delius’s Florida Suite or a swan painted while listening to The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Choose whatever works inspire you.

Submit your original works of visual art for consideration to be included in our display, which we will unveil in November. Find out all the details on our Virtual Art Exhibition page.

Have you tried out our new AAC audio stream? You will feel as though you are sitting in a concert hall with the musicians. The fidelity is superb. You can listen using that stream by clicking on the Listen link at the top of this page. Our apps use a skinnier version of this audio stream. Your smart speaker uses this stream as well. Let us know how you think it sounds while you listen to our great classical music.


From Linn Records website: “The Cantiones sacrae is an unusual work that stands quite apart from Schütz’s other published sacred music in both scale and style. The collection comprises forty Latin motets for four voices, plus a figured bass for continuo accompaniment (realized on this recording by lute, violone and organ), which was added later by the composer.” Rob Kennedy speaks with Dr. Philip Cave about the Cantiones Sacrae of Heinrich Schütz. You can find this conversation and several others on our Conversations page.

Photo: Philip Cave/Bob Barkany

Today we observe the birthday of American bass-baritone Thomas Stewart (1928–2006). He was renowned for his performance of roles in Richard Wagner’s operas.

Photo: Thomas Stewart/Columbia Artists, 1983

Friday, August 28, 2020

Today is All Request Friday. Every Friday our listeners select all the music which we’ll play between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Want a full-length symphony? We can do that. Want to hear Glenn Gould play Bach? You got it! Want us to play one of Anonymous’ compositions. We have plenty of those. We’re not sure whether Anonymous was male or female or even when she lived. But we have hundreds of her compositions in the library.

Submit your request online. Or on our app. Our request programs fill up very quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute to put in your request. We look forward to playing the music you want to hear today!


On August 28 we observe the birthdays of two conductors who were active in the latter part of the 20th century: Austrian Karl Böhm (1894-1981) and Hungarian István Kertész (1929-1973). Maestro Böhm conducted some 262 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over the course of his twenty-year tenure during the Bing era. By all accounts, Maestro Kertész was on track to be one of the great conductors of his generation. Unfortunately, his life was snuffed out when he was only 43 years old.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

In a Scottish town, the Queen of the Gypsies foils a plot by the Duke of Rothsay to abduct Catherine Glover, who wants to marry the armorer Henry Smith. Join Bob Chapman for the Thursday Night Opera House presentation of Georges Bizet’s La Jolie Fille de Perth. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Tell your smart device to “Play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Score of La Jolie Fille de Perth/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain

On August 27 we observe the birthdays of German composer Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), Russian inventor Leon Theremin (1896-1993), English composers Eric Coates (1886-1957) and Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). Herr Hassler studied with Andrea Gabrieli in Venice. He brought music of the Venetian school to Germany when he returned home. Leon Theremin invented the theremin which was one of the first electronic instruments. Eric Coates was well-known for his light music and film scores. Over half of Rebecca Clarke’s music remains unpublished. She was also a fine viola player.

Photos: Eric Coates/Faber Music; Others/

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

On August 26 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch (1913-2013), American saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis (1960-), and the voice of The Classical Station, Richard “Dick” Storck. Maestro Sawallisch was Music Director for several important orchestras including the Vienna Symphony, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Brandford Marsalis is a saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Dick Storck has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in radio including over 20 years here at The Classical Station. Dick hosts our afternoon drive program, Allegro, and is the voice you hear at the top of every hour when he identifies the station.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

London, England … Toronto, Canada … Seoul, South Korea … Did you know The Classical Station has followers all over the world? And that you can help us grow our global community by becoming a sustaining member? Sustainers support us monthly, and this enables us to promote great classical music all over the world. Become a sustainer online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178.

On August 25 we observe the birthday of American composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). A graduate of Harvard University, Maestro Bernstein then attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he studied with Fritz Reiner and Randall Thompson. He conducted most of the world’s orchestras at one point or another. Remarkably facile as a composer, Bernstein composed several very successful Broadway musicals as well as a variety of works in many genres. He was also a brilliant teacher and lecturer.

Photos: (Left) Allan Warren; (Top right) Jack Mitchell;

Monday, August 24, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the New York Philharmonic.  Hear music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Joaquín Rodrigo, and Antonio Vivaldi in performances led by Leonard Bernstein, José Serebrier, and current music director Jaap van Zweden. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”


On August 24 we observe the birthday of American composer Stephen Paulus (1949-2014). A Grammy Award-winning composer principally of operas and choral music, he was the co-founder of the American Composers Forum.

Photo: Sharolyn Hagen