This Week at The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Voces8 opens Preview! this evening with the French carol O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Pianist Luke Welch talks about his recording of the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes performances by The Thirteen Chamber Choir, Bach Collegium Japan, and Jane Watts. You’ll hear works by Francesco Manfredini, Marcel Dupré, J.S. Bach, and many more.

Great Sacred Music. 8 a.m.Eastern. Following Sing for Joy. With Mick Anderson.

On December 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) and American conductor Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979).

Signor Cimarosa wrote over eighty operas. Boston native Arthur Fiedler conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra for more than fifty years.

Photos: Arthur Fiedler/RCA Victor Records, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Domenico Cimarosa/Etching by Anton Wachsmann, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org


Saturday, December 16, 2023

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with a holiday season favorite: The Magic Flute, Mozart’s fairy tale about the triumph of virtue, light, and love, in the Met’s production for families, sung in English and in one-act. Piotr Buszewski and Janai Brugger are Tamino and Pamina, the young couple whose courage – and love – are put to the test. Rolando Villazón is the down-to-earth bird catcher Papageno, Katherine Lewek returns as the blazing Queen of the Night, and Brindley Sherratt is the wise Sarastro. Patrick Furrer leads the Met orchestra and chorus in Mozart’s timeless musical adventure, performed in Julie Taymor’s enchanting staging.

The curtain goes up an hour earlier this week. 12 noon Eastern.

Photo: Jonathan Tichler

On December 16 we observe the birthdays of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), American organist and organ builder Robert Noehren (1910-2002), English harpsichordist, and conductor Trevor Pinnock (1946-), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).

Besides being a composer, Zoltán Kodály was a teacher. His Kodály Method still enjoys popularity among music teachers worldwide. Dr. Robert Noehren was for many years University Organist and Head of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan. Trevor Pinnock has been a pioneer in the field of early music since his student days at the Royal College of Music. Happy 75th birthday, Dr. Pinnock! Scholars can find no record of Beethoven’s birth on December 16 although they do agree that he was baptized on December 17, 1770. Regardless of that bit of trivia, Beethoven composed some of the greatest music ever written.

Photos: Zoltán Kodály/Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Robert Noehren/Author unknown; Trevor Pinnock/Gerard Collett; Beethoven in 1815 portrait by Joseph Willibrord Mähler/Public Domain on Wikipedia.org


Friday, December 15, 2023

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Saturday, December 16 at noon Eastern

On December 15 we observe the birthdays of French composer Michel Richard Delalande (1657-1726) and Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000). A contemporary of Jean-Baptiste Lully and François Couperin, Baroque composer Michel Delalande was employed by King Louis XIV. Ferenc Farkas wrote music in several forms including music for the stage. One of his students was the composer György Ligeti,

Photos: Michel Richard Delalande/Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Ferenc Farkas/CC BY-SA 3.0 on Wikipedia.org


Thursday, December 14, 2023

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Puccini’s romantic opera La Bohème. The opera depicts ordinary people in ordinary circumstances. Bohemian writer Rodolfo (Pavarotti) and seamstress Mimi (Mirella Freni) struggle with love and life as impoverished Parisians.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Dr. Jay Pierson hosts.

On December 14 we observe the birthdays of English composer Capel Bond (1730-1790), American composer Ron Nelson (1929-), American pianist Rosalyn Turek (1914-2003), and American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening (1947-).

Capel Bond composed several works for strings which are still played to this day. Dr. Nelson is known as a versatile composer. His works for wind ensemble and band are highly regarded. Rosalyn Turek was well-known for her interpretations of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. A virtuoso classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening is the Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair of the Guitar Department at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Photos: Rosalyn Turek, Keith Saunders, Fair Use, Wikipedia.org; Christopher Parkening/Christian Steiner; Capel Bond/PD on Wikipedia.org; Ron Nelson on ronnelson.info


Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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The Classical Station is essential. And so is your financial support.  Give now to ensure a strong tomorrow filled with all the musical culture, insights, and entertainment you enjoy and expect. Your generous year-end gift will help us end 2021 in the black.

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Today we observe the birthday of The Right Reverend Phillips Brooks (1835-1893). He was a bishop of the Episcopal Church and rector of Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts. However, you and I know him better as the author of the familiar Christmas hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Photo: Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikipedia.org


Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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Photo: WCPE Photo Services

On December 12 we observe the birthday of Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden (1960-). He is the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.

Photo: Marco Borggreve


Monday, December 11, 2023

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra which was founded in 1987. The program includes music by Josef Haydn and his brother, Michael Haydn, conducted by its founder and current Music Director Adam Fischer.

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

On December 11 we observe the birthdays of French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), Polish composer Mieczysław Karłowicz (1876-1909), and Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa (1973-).

Hector Berlioz is perhaps best known to 21st-century audiences for his Symphonie fantastique and Grande Messe des Morts and Requiem. Mieczysław Karłowicz occupied a place in Polish musical history between Frederic Chopin and Karol Szymanowski. Ms. Lisitsa has developed a large following on YouTube for her performances of literature from the Romantic era.

Photos: Hector Berlioz/France Musique; Mieczysław Karłowicz/Łaski Diffusion/East News; Valentina Lisitsa/Michael von Aichberger on Wikipedia.org/CC 3.0