This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, April 11, 2021

For the past year, Richard Danielpour’s insomnia has been so bad that he found he could get to sleep only by listening to the calming sounds of Bach, played by pianist Simone Dinnerstein. So when the GRAMMY Award-winning composer was commissioned to write a suite honoring front-line workers, of course, he invited her to perform it. We’ll hear this extraordinary collaboration on Wavelengths this evening.

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

Photo: Richard Danielpour by Timothy Greenfield Sanders

This evening on Preview! pianist Orion Weiss joins the Orchestra Now to play music of Rimsky-Korsakov. Rob Kennedy speaks with pianist Bertrand Chamayou. And guitarist Thibaut Garcia plays a suite by Alexandre Tansman.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings, Sundays at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Thibaut Garcia by Luis Castillo

This evening American concert organist Peter Richard Conte is our guest on the April edition of My Life In Music. Peter is the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Store, now Macy’s, in Philadelphia. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

My Life In Music begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. With Rob Kennedy. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of Washington Cathedral, the U.S. Army Chorus, and the Voices of Ascension. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, and Alonso Lobo.

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

On April 11 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738), Czech conductor Karel Ančerl (1908-1973), and Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983).

A composer of music for the stage in his day, Monsieur Mouret is best known to modern audiences for his Fanfare which is used as the theme of the PBS series Masterpiece, formerly known as Masterpiece Theatre. Karel Ančerl was music director of the Toronto Symphony from 1968-1973. Alberto Evaristo Ginastera was one of the most important composers of the 20 century.

Photos: Jean-Joseph Mouret, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Silhouette of Karel Ančerl by Hanna Hausmann-Kohlmann (1897-1984), Dresden, June 1969 on; Alberto Ginastera, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, April 10, 2021

This weekend is our In The Gardens of Spain weekend.  Let The Classical Station take you on a musical excursion to this sunny, magical land of Moorish castles, passionate folk dances, and classical guitar. With compositions by Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel de Falla, Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and more.

Este fin de semana es nuestro fin de semana en los jardines de España. Deje que The Classical Station lo lleve en una excursión musical a esta soleada y mágica tierra de castillos moriscos, apasionados bailes folclóricos y guitarra clásica. Con composiciones de Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel de Falla, Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados y más.

Enhance your enjoyment of Spanish guitar music by listening to Sharon Isbin and Thibaut Garcia talk about the art of classical guitar playing.

Photo: Courtyard of the Shells, Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla, Elliott Brown, CC-BY-SA-2.0, Wikimedia Commons

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a treasure of the repertory, Puccini’s La Bohème. This performance, recorded in the fall of 2017, saw the Met debut of the radiant American soprano Angel Blue and is being featured for the first time in a Saturday matinee broadcast. Blue starred as the fragile but intensely passionate Mimì, opposite tenor Dmytro Popov as the poet Rodolfo. Soprano Brigitta Kele and baritone Lucas Meachem were the on-again, off-again couple Musetta and Marcello. The cast also featured baritone Duncan Rock, bass David Soar, and bass Paul Plishka. Alexander Soddy conducted the Met Orchestra and Chorus in Puccini’s enduring story of youthful love and loss.

La Bohème begins at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Jonathan Tichler

On April 10 we observe the birthday of Soviet-born Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman (1958-). Winner of a Grammy Award in 1997 for his recording of the Bartók piano concertos, Bronfman has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras.

Photo: Dario Acosta

Friday, April 9, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Puccini’s La Bohème, Saturday, April 10, 1 p.m. Eastern

On April 9 we observe the birthdays of American composer Florence Price (1887-1953), Hungarian-born American conductor Antal Doráti (1906-1988), Swiss conductor Armin Jordan (1932-2006), and Polish conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk (1936-).

Mentored by George Whitfield Chadwick at the New England Conservatory, Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony in 1933. Maestro Doráti was music director of several American orchestras including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1945-48), Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1949-60), the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C. (1970-77), and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1977-81). Maestro Jordan championed the music of French composer throughout his career. A composer as well as a conductor, Maestro Maksymiuk is highly regarded for his work with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos: Florence Price, Unknown Author, University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections; Antal Doráti, Galera from State Library of New South Wales collection, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Armin Jordan, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Res Musica; Jerzy Maksymiuk, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Alchetron

Thursday, April 8, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina – a portrayal of lust and power set in first-century Rome. Premiered in December 1709 at Venice’s Teatro San Giovanni Crisostomo, it was Handel’s second (and last) opera to be composed during his time in Italy. Agrippina’s libretto is by Cardinal Grimani (1652?-1710) and is generally considered one of the best Handel ever had. Not only because it’s so close in accuracy historically to the events on which it’s based, but also because of the sensitive insights into human nature that it contains.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Bob Chapman hosts.

On April 8 we observe the birthdays of Italian composers Claudio Merulo (1533-1604) and Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) as well as English conductor Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983).

Besides composing music for keyboards, Signor Merulo was one of the organists of Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, Venice. A prolific composer of violin concerti and teacher of the violin, Signor Tartini is best known to modern audiences for his Devil’s Trill Sonata. Sir Adrian Boult was one of the great conductors of the 20th-century. He was highly regarded for his work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos: Claudio Merulo, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Giuseppe Tartini, Unknown Author, Public Domain-Art, Wikimedia Commons;  Cropped EMI publicity photograph, photographer Godfrey MacDomnic, circa 1970, of Adrian Boult, Fair use, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Have you discovered our Conversations With Composers? It’s fascinating listening to composers like Sara Kirkland Snider, Christopher Tin, and Jennifer Higdon talking about their craft. These musicians love what they do and are most eager to share their art with everybody. Let your family and friends know about these conversations which they can listen to or download anytime. You can also enjoy these conversations on our apps and on your favorite podcast platform.

On April 7 we observe the birthdays of French pianist Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes (1970-). A highly-regarded pianist of the 20th-century, Monsieur Casadesus was a member of a prominent French music family. More about him at A pianist and chamber musician, Leif Ove Andsnes has recorded extensively with over 50 CDs currently available.

Photo: Robert Casadesus, Unknown Author, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, Wikimedia Commons; Leif Ove Ansnes, Özgür Albayrak

Tuesday, April 6, 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 April 6 we observe the birthdays of German-American conductor André Previn (1929-2019) and French pianist Pascal Rogé (1951-). A most versatile musician, André Previn earned 4 Academy Awards and 10 Grammy Awards during his lifetime. After attending the Paris Conservatoire, Monsieur Rogé has specialized in performing music written by French composers.

Photos:  André Previn by Harald Hoffmann/DG; Pascal Rogé, Unknown Author on

Monday, April 5, 2021

This evening American concert organist Peter Richard Conte is our guest on the April edition of My Life In Music. Peter is the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Store, now Macy’s, in Philadelphia. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

My Life In Music begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. With Rob Kennedy. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Vienna Philharmonic. On the program is music by Johannes Brahms, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in performances led by Andris Nelsons, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein. We’ll also feature John Williams conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in a work of his own composition.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

On April 5 we observe the birthdays of German composer Louis Spohr (1784-1859) and Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989).

Louis Spohr, also known as Ludvig Spohr, was an inventive composer who came up with the ‘chin-rest’ for the violin, was one of the first conductors to use a baton and mark his scores with ‘rehearsal letters’ so he could guide his musicians. Principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, Maestro von Karajan was one of the greatest 20th-century conductors. He recorded prolifically. ArkivMusic shows over 700 of his recordings still available.

Photos: Herbert von Karajan, Edith Posse, Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-S47421/CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons; Louis Spohr, self-portrait, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons