This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, November 8, 2020

This evening on Preview! our run-up to Beethoven’s 250th birthday continues with a new release from pianist Eugene Albulescu.  Dan McHugh speaks with harpsichordist Luc Beausejour about his new recording, Le Rappel des Oiseaux. And the Mito Chamber Orchestra plays Grieg, led by Seiji Ozawa.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Luc Beausejour/Etienne Bergeron

This evening on Wavelengths we anticipate Veterans Day with a new symphony by American composer Jonathan Leshnoff, inspired by letters sent home by soldiers in World War I. We’ll also hear music by Marc-André Dalbavie and Sergio Assad.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Jonathan Leshnoff/Erica Hamilton

Photo: Tyler BoyeGrammy-Award winning American virtuoso guitarist Jason Vieaux is our guest on the November edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Join The Classical Station’s Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Tyler Boye

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Cambridge Singers, The Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, and the Krakow Chamber Choir. Also on the playlist is Cantata 115 by Johann Sebastian Bach, The Cherubic Hymn by Benedict Sheehan, and The Last Judgement by Louis Spohr.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music. Every Sunday morning. 8 a.m. eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.

Photo: Self-portrait of Louis Spohr, date unknown/

On November 8 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953), English violinist Simon Standage (1941-), and Croatian classical guitarist Ana Vidovic (1980-). Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1942. He wrote three ballets and eight symphonies amongst dozens of compositions in a variety of forms. Simon Standage is best-known for his performances on baroque instruments. He has been Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music since 1983. Ms. Vidovic is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Photos: Ms. Vidovic/David Roy Duenias; Others:

Saturday, November 7, 2020

On November 7 we observe the birthdays of English composers Henry Balfour Gardiner (1870-1950) and William Alwyn (1905-1985), Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010), and French pianist Hélène Grimaud (1969-). Gardiner is remembered for his Evening Hymn, a work still performed by choirs. He was the great-uncle of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Alwyn was known for his film scores of which he wrote over 70. Dame Joan, or La Stupenda as an Italian opera audience once dubbed her, was one of the greatest dramatic sopranos of the late 20th century. Ms. Grimaud has over 20 recordings to her credit. She also studies and raises wolves. Here is an article in New Yorker about her.


Friday, November 6, 2020

On November 6 we observe the birthdays of Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), Polish composer Ignaz Paderewski (1860-1941), and American composer John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). Antoine-Joseph Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1846. Besides being a pianist and composer, Paderewski was once Prime Minister of Poland for a short time in 1919. Sousa was a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps and a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.



Thursday, November 5, 2020

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features features a pair of operas bouffe by French composer Jacques Offenbach: the delightful and scintillating “can-can” operetta, La Vie Parisienne (Parisian Life), and La Belle Hélène (The Beautiful Helen), a spoof of the classical legend of Helen of Troy.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Bob Chapman hosts. Listen on our app or tell Alexa to “play The Classical Station.”

On November 5 we observe the birthday of Hungarian-born French pianist and composer György Cziffra (1921-1994). Cziffra was noted for his transcriptions of orchestral works such as The Flight of the Bumblebee.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

If your vehicle – 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 beautiful music you love on from The Classical Station. Here’s how it works: Center for Car Donations (CFCD), manages the donations on our behalf. Call them toll-free at 1-877-927-3872 for more information and to begin the car donation process. Don’t forget to mention that The Classical Station is the recipient of your donation.

A CFCD 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 for at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will receive a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

We are so happy to welcome the hundreds of you who have called 800-556-5178 or gone online to make your donation during the Fall 2020 Membership Drive which ended on Sunday. We couldn’t bring this beautiful classical music to you 24/7 without your support. If you haven’t had time to make your donation, please call us right now. We’d love to speak with you and welcome you into our family of classical music lovers.

Maybe you think that we receive funding from the government. We don’t and never have. We have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered since 1978. Here is what Erica had to say about us: “Just wanted to say thanks for the hours and hours of beautiful classical music. I play your station all day long!”

Perhaps you think that your gift of $10 is too small to be worth anything. Know what? That $10 donation plus hundreds of other $10 donations really adds up! Elizabeth remarks: “I’m a huge fan of you, your work, and The Classical Station! I listen every morning and it’s just the thing to get a grad student going in the morning.”

Since we are listener-supported and volunteer-powered, your financial support keeps our classical music programming coming to you. If you have not yet made your pledge of support, why not do it right now? You can call 800-556-5178 anytime. Or click the Donate link here on our website. Or click the Donate button on our app Thank you for your support of The Classical Station.

Photo: William Padgett

On November 3 we observe the birthdays of German composer Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) and Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835). Early baroque composer Scheidt studied in Amsterdam with Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini was a composer of operas whose ability to write beautiful melodies was admired by Liszt, Verdi, Chopin, and Wagner.


Monday, November 2, 2020

A huge Thank You to all our listeners who supported The Classical Station during our Fall 2020 Membership Drive. You raised $421,000 as of 10 p.m. Sunday evening. If you haven’t made your donation, you still have time to do so. We’ll keep the books open for a couple of days. Make your gift online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178. Don’t forget to select a Thank You Gift.

Photo: Tyler BoyeGrammy-Award winning American virtuoso guitarist Jason Vieaux is our guest on the November edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Join The Classical Station’s Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Tyler Boye

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Vienna Philharmonic. On the program is music by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms,  and Maurice Ravel, in performances led by Giuseppe Sinopoli, Andris Nelsons and Lorin Maazel.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Photo: Jeanette Handler

On November 2 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799) and Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli (1946-2001). Herr von Dittersdorf was an important composer of the classical era. He wrote over 120 symphonies. Signor Sinopoli died of a heart attack at age 54 while conducting an opera. Besides being a conductor and composer, Sinopoli had degrees in medicine and archaeology.