This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Jakub Ciupinski, born in 1981, is a Polish composer living in New York City. He’s often associated with electronic music, but this week on Wavelengths we’ll hear a work he wrote for piano trio, inspired by a 17th-century painting device. We’ll also hear works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Michael Anderson.

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

Photo: Jakub Ciupinski by Unknown Author on

This evening on Preview! guitarist Yuri Liberzon plays music written by Bach for unaccompanied violin.  Elizabeth Elliott speaks with cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Sean Kennard about their recording of cello sonatas by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Samuel Barber. We’ll also hear Kennedy Center honoree Midori play music of Beethoven.

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

Photo: Midori Goto by Timothy Greenfield Sanders

Weekend Classics
12 noon to 6 p.m. Eastern
Jay Pierson and Bruce Huffine keep you company this afternoon on The Classical Station.


This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by The Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz, the National Lutheran Choir, and The King’s Consort. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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

Photo: Console of the 1997 Schoenstein organ in First-Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, Nebraska by Dennis Anderson

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

Saturday, January 23, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a broadcast in honor of two opera legends, Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli, on the occasion of their 60th Met anniversaries. This performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore from February 4, 1961, marked the Met radio debuts of both Price and Corelli, and came just a week after their joint company stage debuts as the noblewoman Leonora and the troubadour Manrico. Irene Dalis also starred as the mysterious gypsy Azucena and Mario Sereni was Manrico’s rival Count di Luna. Fausto Cleva led Verdi’s thrilling opera of love and revenge in this historic broadcast.

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

Photo: Metropolitan Opera House by Jonathan Tichler

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


Saturday Evening Request Program
6 p.m. to midnight Eastern
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Friday, January 22, 2021

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;

Thursday, January 21, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features an encore broadcast, hosted by the late Al Ruocchio, of Jacques Offenbach’s last stage work (and only true opera): Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann).

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

On January 21 we observe the birthdays of English composer Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856) and Italian violinist and conductor Uto Ughi (1944-). Mr. Walmisley was organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was also a professor of music. Signor Ughi is considered one of Italy’s greatest violinists. He was also Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia between 1987-1992.

Photo: Thomas Attwood Walmisley, National Portrait Gallery; Uto Ughi, Author Unknown onAlchetron. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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 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 our quarterly member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1990-1993 Chrysler Imperial, Public Domain on

On January 20 we observe the birthdays of French composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), French conductor Antonio de Almeida (1928-1997), and American composer Walter Piston (1894-1976).

Amé:dée-Ernest Chausson studied with Jules Massenet and César Franck at the Paris Conservatoire. Antonio de Almeida initially set out to study nuclear chemistry at M.I.T. but his godfather Artur Rubenstein persuaded him to take up music. A student of Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas, Walter Piston taught at Harvard University from 1944-1960. He in turn taught Leonard Bernstein, Leroy Anderson, Samuel Adler, and Daniel Pinkham, to name a few of his students.

Photos: Ernest Chausson/P. Frois, Public Domain,; Antonio de Almeida, Author unknown; Walter Piston (1963), Author unknown

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

On January 19 we observe the birthday of Sir Simon Rattle. He was born on this day in 1955.

Sir Simon rose to prominence as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002 he has been Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. In September 2017 he became Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2023 Sir Simon will become the Principal Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Monika Rittershaus

Monday, January 18, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  On the program is music by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and John Williams in performances led by Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, and Seiji Ozawa.

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

Photo: Boston Symphony Orchestra logo/

On January 18 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588), Russian composer César Cui (1835-1918), French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894), and English composer William Henry Havergal (1793-1870).

A composer of madrigals, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder spent much of his career in the employ of Elizabeth I of England. César Cui was a member of the Five, Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin were the other four. He was also a general in the Russian Army where he taught several notables including Nicolas II. Monsieur Chabrier wrote operas, orchestral, and chamber music, but is best known for his orchestral work entitled España. William Henry Havergal was an Anglican priest who wrote music for the church including some rather fine Anglican chants.

Photos: Alfonso Ferrabosco, Unknown author; César Cui, Unknown author, on; Emmanuel Chabrier, Public Domain,; William Henry Havergal on, Unknown author.