This Week at The Classical Station

Painting by Ray Martin from our Virtual Art Exhibit

This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, June 23, 2024

The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers sings George Frederic Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 11, “Let God Arise!” this evening on Peaceful Reflections. Also on the program are Johannes Brahms’ delightful Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes sung by the Robert Shaw Festival Singers under the direction of Robert Shaw.

Bring your weekend to a peaceful close with Peaceful Reflections. 9 p.m. until midnight.

This evening on Preview! pianist Alexander Melnikov plays Felix Mendelssohn’s Fantasia in F sharp minor, Op. 28. This work was originally subtitled “Sonata Ecossaise” reflecting the composer’s love of Scotland which he visited in 1829. Violist Mark Holloway of the Pacifica Quartet talks about the quartet’s recording American Voices.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes performances by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral, the Holland Boys Choir, and organist Matthew Halls. Also on the program are works by Sir John Rutter, Charles Gounod, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and many more. Our featured work is Carl Maria von Weber’s Messe No. 2 in G.

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

On June 23 we observe the birthday of German composer Carl Reinecke (1824-1910). Herr Reinecke was one of the most influential musicians of his time. He taught Edvard Grieg and Sir Arthur Sullivan, among others, and conducted the premiere of Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Photo: Carl Reinecke, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, June 22, 2024

Today we observe the birthday of English tenor, Sir Peter Pears (1910-1986). Pears’ partner Benjamin Britten composed many roles with him in mind in works such as the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and the opera Peter Grimes.

Photo courtesy of Decca Classics


Friday, June 21, 2024

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your automobile (truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, or aircraft) is no longer of use to you, it can still go a long way as a donation in support of the programs you enjoy here on The Classical Station. It’s also a great opportunity for you to reduce your taxable income when itemizing taxes.

Here’s how it works:

Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS), manages the donations on our behalf. Call them at 866-WCPE-897 (866-927-3897) for more information and to begin the car donation process. (Don’t forget to mention that WCPE is the recipient of your donation.)

A CARS representative will schedule a pickup that’s convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation. We will mail you a confirmation that states how much your vehicle sold at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return.

You will also receive a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes. Thank you for supporting The Classical Station.

On June 21 we observe the birthdays of German composer Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795) and Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili (1987-).

J.C.F. Bach was the fifth son of Johann Sebastian Bach. Ms. Buniatishvili records on the Sony Label.

Photos: Khatia Buniatishvili by J.L. Clendenin; J.C.F. Bach, Georg David Matthieu, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Thursday, June 20, 2024

Paphnutius & Thaïs
Photo by Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Jules Massenet’s Thaïs. Thaïs, an Egyptian courtesan, is converted to a life of penitence. She is taken to a convent and lives her life in the care of the abbess. Paphnutius, a holy man, is changed by the vision of Thaïs, and becomes obsessed with gaining her love.

Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson lead a stellar cast in this sumptuous recording featuring the Opera Chorus and Orchestra of Bordeaux conducted by Yves Abel. The late Al Ruocchio hosts. You will recognize the beautiful Meditation as the theme of Music in The Night which airs every week-night from 10 p.m. until midnight.

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

On June 20 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), Austrian pianist Ingrid Haebler (1929-2023), American composer Arthur Battelle Whiting (1861-1936), and American pianist André Watts (1946- 2023).

Monsieur Offenbach is best known for his operettas of which he wrote one hundred or so. Ms. Haebler was highly regarded for her recordings of Mozart and Schubert. Arthur Whiting studied with Joseph Rheinberger. André Watts taught at Indiana University where he held the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music.

Photo of André Watts ⓒ Steve Sherman


Wednesday, June 19, 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 that are 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. You can give securely online, on our app, via the United States Postal Service at The Classical Station, PO Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588, or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support.

On June 19, we observe the birthday of Czech composer Johann Stamitz (1717-1757). Jan Václav Antonín Stamitz was a composer who straddled the Baroque and Classical eras.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Every Sunday evening on Preview! at 7 p.m. Eastern, we air a short interview with musicians about their new recordings. You can listen to these interviews anytime on our app or the Preview page of our website.

On June 18 we observe the birthdays of two English organists, Sir George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987), and John Scott (1956-2015). Dr. Thalben-Ball was a brilliant concert organist and held the post of Organist of London’s Temple Church for over sixty years. John Scott was Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London for twenty-six years.  In 2004 he became the Organist and Director of Music of St. Thomas Church, New York, which post he held until his untimely death on August 12, 2015.
Photo of John Scott by Joseph A. Vitacco


Monday, June 17, 2024

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which was founded in 1888. The program includes music by Antonín Dvořák, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Jean Sibelius, conducted by Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, and featuring a special piano performance by Bella Davidovich.

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

On June 17, we observe the birthdays of French composer Charles Gounod (1818-1893) and Russian-American composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Gounod is best known as a composer of operas of which he wrote twelve and an Ave Maria based on a Bach prelude. What perhaps is not as well known is that later in life, Gounod played the guitar. Stravinsky was supposed to be a lawyer. His studies with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov changed that career path.

Photos: Charles Gounod, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Igor Stravinsky, George Grantham Bain Collection, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons