This Week At Th Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Composer Michael Torke, born in Milwaukee in 1961, writes accessible music that draws from classical, jazz, pop, and minimalist idioms. This evening on Wavelengths we’ll feature recent music by Michael Torke, along with works by Astor Piazzolla and Ricky Ian Gordon.

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

Photo: Michael Torke/Bryan Hainer

This evening on Preview!, the BBC Symphony Orchestra plays music of Vaughan Williams. Rob Kennedy speaks with Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Tin about his new release, To Shiver The Sky. Cellist Jonah Kim joins pianist Sean Kennard to play music of Samuel Barber.

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

Photo: Christopher Tin/Alfredo Chocano

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by The Atlanta Sacred Chorale, Magnificat, and Pomerium. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Walter Frye, and Joseph Martin Kraus.

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

Photo: David’s Charge to Solomon by Burne Jones and Morris in Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts

On January 10 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Tor Aulin (1866-1914), French conductor Jean Martinon (1910-1976), American baritone Sherrill Milnes (1935-), American bass-baritone James Morris (1947-), Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky (1948-), and American violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg (1961-).

Although he was a violinist, Tor Aulin was also conductor of the Stockholm and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras. 20th-century conductor, Monsieur Martinon conducted many of the world’s great orchestras and was associated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1963-1968. Considered one of the great Verdi baritones, Sherrill Milnes has appeared with most of the world’s opera companies. He also has recorded extensively with more than 135 recordings to his credit. Baltimore native James Morris is perhaps best remembered for his role as Wotan in Die Walkure. A student of the great cellists Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, Mischa Maisky has over 50 recordings to his credit. After studying at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras.

Photos: Tor Aulin, Public Domain on; Jean Martinon, Author Unknown; Sherrill Milnes by Dario Acosta; Mischa Maisky by Yeugene on, CC SA-3.0; Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg/WWNO

Saturday, January 9, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues this afternoon with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Barber of Seville, one of opera’s best-loved comedies in a notable performance from 2007. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starred as the determined Rosina opposite tenor Lawrence Brownlee who made a sensational Metropolitan Opera debut that evening as the dashing Count Almaviva. Baritone Russell Braun sang the title role of Seville’s most enterprising barber and matchmaker, with bass-baritone John Del Carlo as Rosina’s jealous guardian Dr. Bartolo, and bass Samuel Ramey as the scheming Don Basilio. Maurizio Benini conducted.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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On January 9 we observe the birthday of American composer John Knowles Paine (1839-1906). Paine was a member of a group of composers known as the Boston Six. The others were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, George Chadwick, and Horatio Parker. He was Harvard University’s first organist and choirmaster, as well as its first professor of music.

Photo: Unknown author, Public Domain on

Friday, January 8, 2021

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features an English-language performance of Leoš Janáček’s Příhody Lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen). Based on a comic strip, its libretto was adapted by the composer from a 1920 serialized novella, Liška Bystrouška, by Rudolf Tĕsnohlídek, which was first published in the newspaper Lidové Noviny.

Tell your smart speaker to “play The Classical Station” at 7 p.m. Eastern. Bob Chapman hosts.

Photo: Monument to Bystroušky by Kazuo Ikeda on

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Photo: 1974 Ford Pinto, Public Domain on

On January 7 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Günter Wand (1912-2002), French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French flute virtuoso Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922-2000), and English violinist and conductor Iona Brown (1941-2004).

A largely self-taught conductor, Herr Wand directed the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1982-1990. Monsieur Poulenc was one of the group of French composers known as Les Six. The son of a professional flautist, Monsieur Rampal’s name became synonymous with the flute in the 20th century. His recordings and his presence on the concert stage were ubiquitous. Ms. Brown was associated with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from 1964-1980 as leader, soloist and director.

Photos: Günter Wand, Author Unknown; Francis Poulenc,; Jean-Pierre Rampal,,CC BY-SA 2.0; Iona Brown,


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

On January 6 we observe the birthdays of four composers: Giuseppe SammartiniGiuseppe MartucciAlexander Scriabin, and Max Bruch.

Born in Milan, Italy, Giuseppe Francesco Gaspare Melchiorre Baldassare Sammartini spent most of his professional life in London. He left us over 100 works. While primarily a composer, Signor Martucci was also a conductor. He introduced the music of Richard Wagner to Italian audiences. A native of Moscow, Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin studied at the Moscow Conservatory. He wrote much music for the piano and indeed recorded over a dozen of his compositions on piano rolls. Born in Cologne, German, Max Karl August Bruch is perhaps best-known to 21st-century listeners for his Scottish Fantasy and the Violin Concerto No. in G minor.

Photos: Giuseppe Sammartini, portrait by Donino Riccardi, Public Domain on; Giuseppe Martucci, Public Domain on; Alexander Scriabin, Unknown Author; Max Bruch on

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Have you visited our Virtual Art Exhibit recently? It’s a marvelous collection of artwork submitted by our listeners.  The theme of our Virtual Art Exhibit is what the classical music we listen to means to us. Thank you to everybody who participated.

On January 5 we observe the birthdays of Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), German pianist Alfred Brendel (1931-), and Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini (1942-).

Signor Michelangeli was one of the great pianists of the 20th-century. He taught Maurizio Pollini and Martha Argerich. One of the great pianists of our time, Alfred Brendel is renowned for his Beethoven performances and recordings. Happy 90th birthday, Herr Brendel! Signor Pollini is highly regarded for his interpretation of piano music especially that of late 20th and early 21st-century composers such as Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Photos: Arturo BEnedetti Michelangeli, Author Unknown, Last FM; Alfred Brendel, CC 2.0 on; Maurizio Pollini, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Monday, January 4, 2021

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is our guest on the January edition of My Life In Music. Jan talks about his approach to performing and his experiences working with several distinguished conductors. We’ll also hear Jan play some Chopin Etudes, and the Schumann Introduction and Allegro Appassionata. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

The program begins at 7 p.m. Eastern with Rob Kennedy.

Photo: Shin Sugino

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Philadelphia Orchestra.  On the program is music by Modest Mussorgsky, Antonín Dvořák, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, in performances led by Eugene Ormandy, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern with Andy Huber.

Photo: Philadelphia Orchestra/Chris Lee

Today we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), Czech composer Josef Suk (1874-1935), and American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (1937-).

While Signor Pergolesi composed operas, it is his sacred work Stabat Mater which is most performed these days. Josef Suk wrote chamber music. Lots of it. He also married Antonin Dvorak’s daughter. Ms. Bumbry studied at the Boston University College of Fine Arts and Northwestern University. During her career, she appeared in major opera houses throughout the world.

Photos: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Public Domain on; Josef Suk, Public Domain on; Grace Bumbry, Public Domain on