This Week at The Classical Station

Photo by Ian Kennedy, Venice, Florida

This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, May 12, 2024
Mothers’ Day

Every Sunday evening Peaceful Reflections offers a mix of instrumental, choral, and organ music to bring your weekend to a peaceful close. This evening our program features Ludwig van Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives and the Mass No. 12 in D by Johann David Heinichen.

Peaceful Reflections. 9 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart device to “Play The Classical Station.”

This evening you can hear new releases of music by Mozart, Schumann, Schubert and more on Preview! Christopher Palameta talks about European music in India, featured on “1789 Calcutta: East Meets West.”

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

This morning Great Sacred Music features a Mothers’ Day celebration with performances by the King’s Consort, organist Michael Murray, Dame Joan Sutherland, and more. On the program are Ave Maria settings by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and Felix Mendelssohn. The featured work is Luigi Boccherini’s Stabat Mater. Our Bach cantata this week is BWV 44, Sie werden euch in den Bann tun (They will put you under banishment). To view the program, visit Daily Playlist.

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

On May 12, we observe the birthdays of French composers Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) and Jules Massenet (1842-1912), and English composer Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989).

Some facts about these gentlemen: Gabriel Fauré was a favorite pupil of Camille Saint-Saëns. Jules Massenet is best known for his operas, which he wrote over thirty. Sir Lennox Berkeley taught composers Richard Rodney Bennett and John Tavener.

Photos: Gabriel Fauré, Charles Reutlinger, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Jules Massenet, Eugène Pirou, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Lennox Berkeley, Germaine Kanova, Lennox Berkeley Society


Saturday, May 11, 2024

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 season of Saturday matinée radio broadcasts continues with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Soprano Asmik Grigorian makes her network broadcast debut starring in the title role of Cio-Cio-San, the Japanese girl who embraces a new life by marrying an American naval officer. Tenor Jonathan Tetelman is Lieutenant Pinkerton, who takes Butterfly as his bride, then leaves her to bear an unimaginable burden. The cast also features Elizabeth DeShong as Cio-Cio-San’s loyal maid Suzuki, and Lucas Meachem as the American consul Sharpless. Xian Zhang conducts Puccini’s gorgeous and heart-wrenching score.

The broadcast begins at 1 p.m. Eastern.

On May 11 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Anatoly Lyadov (1855-1914), Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (1887-1961), and American composer William Grant Still (1895-1978).

Trained as a pianist, Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov composed mostly for that instrument. Despite losing his right arm in a battle in World War I, Paul Wittgenstein resolved to play the piano again. He arranged and commissioned dozens of works for piano left hand. A Guggenheim Fellow, William Grant Still studied with George Whitefield Chadwick and Edgard Varèse.

Photos: Anatoly Liadov, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Paul Wittgenstein, Unknown Author, BFMI, CC BY 3.0 nl, Wikimedia Commons; William Grant Still, Carl Van Vechten.


Friday, May 10, 2024

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m. Eastern

On May 10 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764), American composer Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), and Turkish violinist Ani Kavafian (1948-).

Monsieur Leclair was a virtuoso violinist who wrote music primarily for his instrument. Milton Babbitt taught at Princeton University and The Julliard School. His students included Stephen Sondheim. Ani Kavafian teaches at Yale University.

Photos: Jean-Marie Leclair, J.Ch. François, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Milton Babbitt, Unknown Author, Fair Use; Ani Kavafian, Unknown Author, Fair Use


Thursday, May 9, 2024

The world of classical music is a unique body of work – spanning centuries, continents, cultures, and communities. It’s marked by both great traditions and great changes. Classical music is listened to, played, and loved on every continent, in almost every country. Just as the symphonies and musicians who give us their performances have been supported by their audiences, the stations devoted to classical music are also supported by listeners, by people like you. Your support is unique!

Please do your part today and donate to The Classical Station. Give securely online, via our app, via the mail to The Classical Station, PO Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588, or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime.

This evening, the Thursday Night Opera House presents Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orphée Et Eurydice. Our performance features the Chorus and Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera conducted by Donald Runnicles.

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

On May 9, we observed the birthdays of Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) and Swedish mezzo-soprano Sofie van Otter (1955-).

Maestro Giulini was one of the great conductors of the 20th century. Sofie van Otter is one of those artists who are at home singing lieder, opera, oratorios, and pop songs. You can hear an interview with Ms. van Otter on our Conversations page.

Photo © Mats Bäcker


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

On May 8 we observe the birthdays of German composer Karl Stamitz (1745-1801), American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), English sopranos Heather Harper (1930-2019), and Felicity Lott (1947-).

Herr Stamitz composed 50 symphonies as well as 60 concertos for various instruments. A native of New Orleans, Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s talent was recognized by Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. Heather Harper was highly regarded on both the operatic stage and in the concert hall. During her long career, Felicity Lott sang both opera and lieder.

Photo: Karl Stamitz, Unknown Author, Alchetron, Fair Use; Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Matthew Brady, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Heather Harper, Unknown Author, Bach-Cantatas, Fair Use; Felicity Lott, Benjamin Ealovega


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

You get to be Music Director every Friday on All Request Friday on The Classical Station. Let us know what you’d like us to play between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern by submitting your request here on our website by clicking on Request Music or on our App by clicking on the Menu in the top left corner and then clicking on Request Programs.

You also get to select the music we play every Saturday evening from 6 p.m. Eastern until midnight. The Saturday Evening Request Program is very popular, so don’t hesitate. Send us your selection today!

You can see when your request will be played by scrolling down today’s playlist. We look forward to hearing the beautiful music you have requested.


Monday, May 6, 2024

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1881. The program includes music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Paul Dukas, and more conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, André Previn, and current Music Director Andris Nelsons.

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

The May edition of My Life in Music will feature conductor Rafael Payare, the Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the celebrated El Sistema music education program in Venezuela, Mr. Payare began his formal conducting studies in 2004 with José Antonio Abreu. Since winning the prestigious Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Denmark in 2012, Maestro Payare’s career has advanced rapidly.

My Life In Music. This evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.