This Week at The Classical Station

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This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Preview! is your chance to catch engaging conversations with some of the most brilliant musicians in the world. This evening, conductor John Jeter, talks about his recording of the music of Native American composer Louis Wayne Ballard.

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 Cologne Chamber Choir, the Cambridge Singers, and Edoardo Bellotti. You’ll hear works by John Rutter, Anton Bruckner, J.S. Bach, and many more.

Great Sacred Music brings you four hours of choral and organ music every Sunday at 8 a.m. Eastern. After Sing for Joy. With guest host Emily Moss.

On January 28 we observe the birthdays of French composer Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833), German composer Johann Ernst Bach (1722-1777), Polish-born American pianist Arthur Rubenstein (1887-1982), and English composer John Tavener (1944-2013).

Monsieur Hérold was a composer of operas of which Zampa is his best-known work. Herr Bach was a member of the famous North German Bach family. Arthur Rubenstein was widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Sir John Tavener’s fusion of modern compositional techniques and Eastern Christianity made him a unique voice in late 20th-century and early 21st-century music.

Photos: Artur Rubenstein on, Author Unknown; Ferdinand Hérold, Author Unknown in Gallica Digital Library, Public Domain; Johann Ernst Bach, Author Unknown, Public Domain; Sir John Tavener, Clestur, CCA 3.0 on;

Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with Carmen, Bizet’s riveting opera of jealousy and obsession. The sensational cast stars mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina in the smoldering title role of a woman who refuses to sacrifice her freedom for love. Tenor Piotr Beczała is Don José, the soldier unable to control his passion for her. Soprano Angel Blue is the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the swaggering Escamillo. Daniele Rustioni conducts this unforgettably seductive and melodic opera in a new production by Carrie Cracknell.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

On January 27 we observe the birthdays of French composer Édouard Lalo (1823-1892), Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), English pianist John Ogdon (1937-1989), and French conductor Jean-Philippe Collard (1948-).

Édouard Lalo is best known to modern audiences for his Symphonie Espagnole. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed for a variety of musical genres and left us remarkable compositions in each category. John Ogdon’s genius was probably the root of his psychological problems. A child prodigy, Monsieur Collard went on to be a highly-regarded interpreter of the music of Faure and Saint-Saens.

Photos: Portrait of W.A. Mozart by Johann Georg Edlinger, Public Domain on; Engraving by Richard Paraire of Eduard Lalo, Public Domain,; John Ogden on; Jean-Phillippe Collard on

Friday, January 26, 2024

Metropolitan Opera presents
Georges Bizet’s Carmen
Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern

On January 26 we observe the birthday of English cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987).

Ms. du Pré was a brilliant cellist who had a career of barely ten years before it was cut short by multiple sclerosis. She was just forty-two years old when she died. The Davydov Stradivarius cello with which she is pictured is now on loan to Yo-Yo Ma.

Photo: Image of cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987) with husband, Daniel Barenboim and the Davydov Stradivarius violoncello, Unknown author on

Thursday, January 25, 2024

This evening, the Thursday Night Opera House presents Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Wagner’s genius is center stage in this apocalyptic conclusion to the Ring Cycle. Siegfried (Windgassen) has died. As a final eulogy to him, Brunnhilde (Nilsson) rides into the flaming Valhalla. Thanks to your support of grand opera, we can broadcast all four hours of this masterpiece without interruption.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. With host Jay Pierson.

Photo: Richard Wagner, Unknown author,, Fair Use

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On January 25 we observe the birthdays of Belgian composer Jan Blockx (1851-1912) and German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954).

A composer of several operas, Jan Blockx was director of the Antwerp Conservatory from 1886-1912. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 20th century, Gustav Heinrich Ernst Martin Wilhelm Furtwängler’s life and career took many twists and turns.

Photos: Wilhelm Furtwängler by Emil Orlik, Public Domain on; Jan Blockx, Unknown Author, Arts Center, Brussels, Belgium

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

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On January 24 we observe the birthdays of Prussian composer and King Frederick the Great (1712-1786), Prussian composer E.T.A. Hoffman (1776-1822), and American composer Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008).

The Spectator has a fascinating article about the life and accomplishments of King Frederick. While Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffman left us several stage and instrumental works, it is as a writer of fantasy and horror that he is remembered today. Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winner Norman Dello Joio studied with Pietro Yon, who was his godfather and organist of New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Photos: Portrait of Frederick the Great by Anton Graff, 1781 Public Domain on; Portrait of E.T.A Hoffman, Author Unknown, Public Domain on; Photo of Norman Dello Joio by Don Hunstein

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

When you give $200 or more to The Classical Station, you can request a Day Dedication as your Thank You Gift.  We will run a short announcement you have written four times on the day you choose. Many listeners have chosen to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and memorials of those special to them. The example on the left gives you an idea of one listener’s Day Dedication message.

Contact our Membership Department at 919-556-5178 for more information about setting up a Day Dedication. Thank you for supporting The Classical Station.

On January 23 we observe the birthday of Italian-born English composer Muzio Clementi (1752-1836).

Besides being a composer, Muzio Filippo Vincenzo Francesco Saverio Clementi was a teacher, publisher, piano maker, and an influence on many composers including John Field, Carl Czerny, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Photo: Thomas Hardy (1757-1804) on

Monday, January 22, 2024

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Kansas City Symphony, which was founded in 1982. The program includes music by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Edward Elgar, and more, conducted by Michael Stern, and Jan Kraybill.

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

On January 22 we observe the birthdays of French composers Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) and Henri Duttileux (1916-2013), and South Korean pianist and conductor Myung-whun Chung (1953-).

A student of César Franck, Monsieur Tournemire was noted for his liturgical improvisations as well as his composition L’Orgue Mystique, a work which comprises 51 sets of pieces for the liturgical year. Besides being a composer, Monsieur Duttileux was Head of Music Production for Radio France for many years. A student of Olivier Messiaen, Myung-whun Chung is Principal Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos:  Henri Duttileux, Author unknown on Music Aquarelle; Charles Tournemire, Author unknown, CC BY SA 3.0 on; Myung-Whun Chung by Jean François Leclercq