This Week at The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, December 3, 2023

The B’Rock Orchestra opens Preview! this evening with a performance of George Frederic Handel’s much-loved Music for the Royal Fireworks HMV 351. Conductor Graham Ross talks about Rolling River: American Choral, a recording released earlier this year by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes performances by the Raleigh Ringers, the Robert Shaw Chorale, and the Cologne Radio Choir and Orchestra. You’ll hear works by Thomas Tallis, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Johann Sebastian Bach, and many more.

Great Sacred Music. 8 a.m. Right after Sing for Joy. With host Mick Anderson.

On December 3 we observe the 83rd birthday of Uruguayan conductor and composer José Serebrier (1938-).

Señor Serebrier studied with Aaron Copland and Pierre Monteux. He has conducted most of the world’s great orchestras. He is also one of the most recorded conductors of his generation.

Photo: Clive Barda

Saturday, December 2, 2023

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On December 2 we observe the birthdays of English conductor Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) and Greek-American soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977).

Sir John Barbirolli was born Giovanni Battista Barbirolli. He anglicized his first name during while in the army in WWI, as the drill sergeant had difficulty pronouncing his name. Sir John is regarded as one of the great 20th-century conductors. La Divina was one of the most well-known and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera”.

Photos: Sir John Barbirolli/CC-BY-SA-3.0 on; Maria Callas/Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 1958

Friday, December 1, 2023

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On December 1 we observe the 73rd birthday of Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder (1946-).

Herr Buchbinder has recorded the complete keyboard works of Josef Haydn and all the Beethoven piano sonatas.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Thursday, November 30, 2023

This evening, from the archived broadcasts of the late Al Ruocchio, the Thursday Opera Night House presents Vincenzo Bellini’s I Puritani. Elvira (Joan Sutherland) has been promised in marriage to Ricardo (Piero Cappuccilli), a man she despises. When Arturo (Luciano Pavarotti) is pardoned from execution, their love prevails. Vincenzo Bellini’s I Puritani was chosen by the Metropolitan Opera to celebrate Dame Joan Sutherland’s 25th year with the company.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Tell your speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

Photo of Al Ruocchio by WCPE Photo Services

On November 30 we observe the birthdays of French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-188) and Romanian pianist Radu Lupu (1945-2022).

Monsieur Alkan spent most of his life in Paris where his friends and colleagues were Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin.  Although he won three prestigious piano competitions at the beginning of his career, Radu Lupu went on to be something of a recluse when it came to recording and concertizing.

Photos: 2012 photo of Radu Lupu in the Dome Hall, Hanover, Germany by Reinhold Möller on; engraving of Charles Valentin Alkan on

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

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On November 29 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti wrote approximately seventy operas including L’elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Portrait by Giuseppe Rillosi, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

On Giving Tuesday 2023 please support The Classical Station. Many listeners have told us that they thought we received funding from a national radio association or that we had a large endowment. Well, the truth is that we don’t. We have always relied on the generosity of our listeners both here in North Carolina and around the world to support us financially.

Decide what our Great Classical Music means to you. Then give securely here on this website or on our app. Thank you from listener-supported, volunteer-powered WCPE, The Classical Station.

On November 28 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), German composer Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838), Russian composer Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894), and Spanish guitarist Celin Romero (1936-).

Italian-born Jean-Baptiste Lully spent most of his professional life working for the King of France. Ries found time to compose eight symphonies while acting as Ludwig van Beethoven’s secretary and friend. Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. A member of the celebrated Romero Guitar Quartet, Señor Romero is the Professor of Music and Guitar at the University of California, San Diego.

Photo: Portrait of Anton Rubenstein, Ilya Repin, Public Domain, WikiArt

Monday, November 27, 2023

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Montreal Symphony which was founded in 1935. The program includes music by Gustav Mahler, Camille Saint-Saens, and Felix Mendelssohn, conducted by Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, and current Music Director Rafael Payare.

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

On November 27 we observe the birthdays of German composer Anton Stamitz (1750-1809), Czech composer Franz Krommer (1759-1831), American composer Margaret Lang (1867-1972), French composer Charles Koechlin (1867-1950), and American violinist Hilary Hahn (1979-).

Anton Thadäus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz came from a family of musicians. He made his living in Paris and London. František Vincenc Krommer’s life spanned the time from the death of Handel to a few years after Beethoven’s death. Boston native Margaret Lang studied with George Whitefield Chadwick and John Knowles Paine. While not well-known in this century, Monsieur Koechlin studied with Jules Massenet and Gabriel Faure at the Paris Conservatoire. Ms. Hahn began her musical career as a child prodigy. She is one of the most celebrated violinists of our time. Listen to Naomi Lambert and Hilary chatting about Hilary’s latest recording Eclipse.

Photo: Hilary Hahn © Michael Patrick Oleary