This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, June 6, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths, the Hanick Hawley Duo plays music for clarinet and piano by Pierre Jalbert. We’ll also hear music for winds by Mark John McEnroe, and a work for violin and orchestra by Michael Torke.

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

This evening on Preview! conductor James Gaffigan leads the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in music of Leonard Bernstein. Rob Kennedy speaks with the Cavatina Duo. And Ian Hobson plays the solo piano music of Moritz Moszkowski.

Preview! — the best in new classical recordings and arts news, Sundays at 6 p.m. Eastern. With David Jeffrey Smith.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Vienna Chorus, the Bach Collegium Japan, and the Dresden Choir of the Cross. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Zipoli, and Franz Schubert.

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

Photo: Stained glass aisle windows in the Basilica of the Holy Family, Barcelona, Spain, Josep Bracons CC by SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

On June 6 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir John Stainer (1840-1901), American composer Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987, and Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Stainer was noted in his day for revitalizing the choir of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Persichetti counted Philip Glass, Richard Danielpour,  and Peter Schickele among his students. Khachaturian studied with Reinhold Glière.

Photos: Sir John Stainer, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;; Vincent Persichetti, Unknown Author, Philadelphia Music Alliance, Fair Use; Aram Khachaturian, Rob Mierement/Anefo, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, June 5, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season concludes with a modern classic: Billy Budd, Benjamin Britten’s gripping drama of good and evil on the high seas, in a performance from 1997. Baritone Dwayne Croft starred in the title role as the pure-hearted young sailor falsely accused of mutiny. In one of his signature roles, bass-baritone James Morris sang the Master-at-Arms Claggart, whose intense hatred is aroused by Billy’s goodness and beauty. Tenor Philip Langridge was Captain Vere, who must choose between the law or a greater truth. Steuart Bedford led the Met Orchestra and the men of the Met Chorus along with an extraordinary ensemble cast in Britten’s evocative score.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern. Tell Alexa to “Play The Classical Station.”

On June 5 we observe the birthday of Argentine pianist Martha Argerich (1941-)

Ms. Argerich is widely considered to be one of the finest concert pianists of her generation. As notes: “With her broad and varied repertoire, carefully chosen and never conformist, Martha Argerich has dominated the piano world since the 1960s. Endowed with a phenomenal technique, she has been able to put her personal stamp on the most demanding works in the repertoire, from Liszt to Prokofiev, and at the same time draw out all the keyboard colour for the musical worlds of Ravel and Messiaen. An impassioned and instinctively collaborative musician, she has increasingly focused less on solo recitals and more on chamber music and concertos, in fruitful partnerships with violinist Gidon Kremer and conductor Charles Dutoit.”

Photo: Adriano Heitman

Friday, June 4, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd
Saturday, June 5, 1 p.m. Eastern

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On June 4 we observe the birthdays of American baritone Robert Merrill (1917-2004) and Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli (1966-).

Robert Merrill enjoyed a successful career both on the opera stage and in musicals, radio and television. Ms. Bartoli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1996.

Photos: Robert Merrill, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Cecilia Bartoli, Erinc Salor, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, June 3, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Jan Peerce sings the role of Riccardo who is in love with Amelia, wife of his best friend Renato sung by Robert Merrill. Fortune teller Ulrica tells Riccardo he’ll be killed by the next man to shake his hand.

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

On June 3 we observe the birthday of American lyric tenor Jan Peerce (1904-1984).

Born Jacob Pincus Perlmuth on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Peerce was highly regarded as a Verdi tenor. In fact, when Toscanini heard him sing on the radio, he engaged Peerce for a concert at Carnegie Hall. Peerce became the maestro’s “go-to tenor” and was featured in many historic recordings. Jan Peerce was active until 1982 on the concert stage and venues worldwide.

Photo: Jan Peerce, Halsman, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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Photo: 1990-1993 Chrysler Imperial, Public Domain on

On June 2 we observe the birthday of the English composer Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet OM GCVO, was one of the first composers to record his own works and to see the potential of recording technology.

Photo: Sir Edward Elgar, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Summer 2021 issue

The summer edition of our beautiful member magazine, Quarter Notes, is out. Your copy is on its way to you, if, in fact, it has not already arrived. We send Quarter Notes to everybody who supports The Classical Station.

An informative guide to the upcoming quarter’s music programming, it contains music listings and columns on your favorite programs, as well as:

  • Quarterly programming highlights
  • Announcer profiles
  • Articles about composers and performers
  • Book and CD reviews

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On June 1 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), American pianist Richard Goode (1943-), and American mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade (1945-). Mikhail Glinka had a couple of piano lessons from Irish composer John Field. Richard Goode studied with Nadia Reisenberg and Rudolf Serkin. Ms. Von Stade has over 60 recordings to her credit.

Photos: Richard Goode by Steve Riskind; Mikhail Glinka, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Frederica von Stade by Lieberman Photography

Monday, May 31, 2021

Today The Classical Station observes Memorial Day. We honor the men and women who have given so much for our country. We remember their sacrifice. Our programming throughout the day features patriotic music and music by American composers and performers.

At 3 p.m. Eastern we will pause for a moment of reflection with the playing of Taps and America the Beautiful. The staff and volunteers of The Classical Station wish you a safe Memorial Day.

Photo: Cambridge American Cemetary and Memorial, U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Perry Aston

The Cleveland Orchestra
Photo by Roger Mastroianni

This evening our Memorial Day edition of Monday Night at the Symphony features the Cleveland Orchestra. On the program is music of Antonín Dvořák, Samuel Barber, and Richard Wagner, in performances led by Christoph von Dohnanyi, George Szell, and music director Franz Welser-Möst. You can review a detailed playlist on our homepage.

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

On May 31 we observe the birthdays of French composer Marin Marais (1656-1728), French composer Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), English countertenor Alfred Deller (1912-1979), and American mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett (1931-2010).

Marin Marais studied with Jean-Baptiste Lully. Louise Farrenc was a Professor at the Paris Conservatoire, as well as being a highly-regarded composer. Alfred Deller was instrumental in bringing back the countertenor voice in early music. Following a busy career singing in opera houses worldwide, Ms. Verrett was Professor of Voice and the James Earl Jones University Professor of Music at the University of Michigan.

Photos: Marin Marais, André Bouys, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;  Louise Farrenc, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Alfred Deller, Unknown Author, Decouvrir Musique; Shirley Verrett, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons