This Week At The Classical Station
by Rob Kennedy
Photo: “Waldstein 1 (Yellow)” by Rosemary Szczygiel
by Rob Kennedy
Sunday, May 2, 2021
This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear music for clarinet and piano by American composer Jennifer Higdon. We’ll also hear works by Norman Dello Joio and Michael Daugherty, and a lullaby written by Bryce Dessner for his son, played by pianist Bertrand Chamayou.
Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, every Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Photo: Jennifer Higdon by J. Henry Fair
This evening on Preview! Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla releases the second installment in her “British Project”, conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony in music of Sir William Walton. Rob Kennedy speaks with Kate Ashby of Stile Antico about their new recording of Josquin des Prez, marking the 500th anniversary of the composer’s death. The London Symphony Orchestra plays Rachmaninoff, led by Sir Simon Rattle.
Preview!, the best in new classical recordings and arts news, every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.
Photo: Josquin des Prez, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Woodley Ensemble, Le Concert Spirituel, and The Sixteen. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Giuseppe Verdi, and Felix Mendelssohn.
Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music. Every Sunday morning. 8 a.m. eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.
Photo: Resurrection window in St. John’s Church, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia, Toby Hudson CC-BY-SA-3.0 Wikimedia Commons
Composer of over 45 operas, Signor Scarlatti bridged the Baroque and Classical eras. Think of Lumbye as a Danish Strauss, and you will understand his output of waltzes and other dances. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 21st-century, Maestro Gergiev is Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Photos: Alessandro Scarlatti, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Hans Christian Lumbye, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Valery Gergiev, David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons
Saturday, May 1, 2021
The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Gaetano Donizetti’s gripping historical drama Roberto Devereux in a performance from 2016. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky starred as England’s Queen Elizabeth the First, an acclaimed portrayal that crowned a season in which she sang all of Donizetti’s famous “three queens” at the Met. Tenor Matthew Polenzani starred in the title role as the Queen’s beloved Earl of Essex. Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča sang Sara, Elizabeth’s rival for Devereux’s love, and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien was Sara’s husband, the Duke of Nottingham. Maurizio Benini led a bravura performance of Donizetti’s opera, a portrait of an all-powerful monarch unable to command love.
The opera begins at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.
Portrait of Gaetano Donizetti by Giuseppe Rillo, La Scala Theater Collection, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
On May 1 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960) and Czech-born British conductor Walter Susskind (1913-1980). A violinist and a painter, Hugo Alfvén created over fifty compositions. A student of George Szell, Maestro Susskind was noted for his interpretation of opera. He was Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1968-1975.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Herr Lehár wrote over forty operas and operettas. The opera best known to modern ears is The Merry Widow which is mounted with great regularity in opera houses worldwide. Robert Shaw was affectionately known as the Dean of American choral conductors.
April 29, 2021
This evening the Thursday Evening Opera House presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, a bittersweet comedy in which love is put to the test. Ferrando and Guglielmo are
engaged to Fiordiligi and Dorabella, but Don Alfonso wagers that the women won’t remain faithful while they’re away at war.
The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Bob Chapman hosts.
Wealthy and witty, Sir Thomas Beecham led a rather extraordinary life, both professionally and personally. A bit of a showman who added the sing-along to the Last Night of the Proms, Sir Malcolm Sargent was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to1957. Considered one of the great conductors of the latter part of the 20th-century and early 21st-century, Maestro Mehta was Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1961-67); Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1962-1978); the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1981-); and Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (1978-91).
April 28, 2021
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On April 28 we observe the birthday of Israeli conductor Yoav Talmi (1943-). Maestro Talmi attended The Juilliard School and has been music director of several orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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While Herr von Flotow wrote thirty operas, he is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his opera Martha. Besides appearing in venues worldwide and recording extensively, Monsieur Lortie is the Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium.
Photos: Friedrich von Flotow, Unknown Author, Gallica Digital Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Louis Lortie by Elias Photography
Monday, April 26, 2021
This evening on Monday Night at the Symphony we’ll spend an evening with the Minnesota Orchestra. On the program is music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, in performances led by Osmo Vanska, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Eiji Oue.
The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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