This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Ian B. Kennedy, Venice, Florida

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, June 13, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths, the Chicago-based Lincoln Trio pays tribute to a composer long associated with that city, Leo Sowerby. We’ll also hear works by Eric Whitacre and Cristina Spinei.

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

Violinist Rachel Podger
Photo ⓒ Jonas Sacks

With his concerts on hold for the last year, American pianist Andrew von Oeyen used the time to get reacquainted with the music of Bach. We’ll hear the result this evening on Preview!, along with new releases of works by Saint-Saëns and Beethoven.  Rob Kennedy speaks with Rachel Podger about recording Mozart’s completed fragments.

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

Richard Danielpour
Photo ⓒ Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

American composer Richard Danielpour is our guest on the June edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Richard talks about his musical education, his compositions, and much more.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.

This morning, Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Kantorei, Stile Antico, and the Cambridge Singers. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sir John Goss, and Sir Edward Elgar.

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

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

On June 13 we observe the birthday of Mexican composer and conductor Carlos Chávez and Austrian composer Anton Eberl. Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez was director of Orquesta Sinfónica de México at one point in his career. Herr Eberl’s music was apparently good enough that Mozart put his name on some of Eberl’s works and claimed them as his own. When Mozart died, Eberl published a notice which essentially said: “That was really my music.”

Photos: Carlos Chávez/SEMO, Mexico City; Anton Eberl, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Every Sunday on Preview! we speak with musicians about their new recordings. These interviews air at 7 p.m. Eastern on Preview! They offer fascinating glimpses into the life and work of classical musicians. But in case you couldn’t listen to those interviews with staff announcers Dan McHugh, Rob Kennedy, Elizabeth Elliott, and Bob Chapman, not to worry. We have most of these interviews saved for your listening pleasure. Conversations with Rachel Podger, Richard Danielpour, Simone Dinnerstein, Parker Ramsay, JoAnn Falletta, and many more musicians are ready for you to download and enjoy!


Friday, June 11, 2021

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your 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 programs you rely on from The Classical Station. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to reduce your taxable income when itemizing taxes.

Here’s how it works:

Center for Car Donations 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 at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return.

Your gift also comes with a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, Eigenes Werk, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

On June 11 we observe the birthday of German composer Richard Strauss. Bridging the late romantic and early modern periods in classical music, Richard Georg Strauss enjoyed great success as a composer and a conductor. His 1905 opera Salome was so well-received that it enabled Strauss to finance the purchase of a house.

Photos: 1918 Portrait of Strauss by Max Liebermann on Wikipedia.org; Stamps honoring Richard Strauss in the collection of Jiumn-wen Lin

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Remember a loved one with a special Day Dedication announcement. You can schedule a Day Dedication with a donation of $200 or more to The Classical Station. Your announcement will run four times throughout the day of your choosing. Birthdays, anniversaries, and memorials are just some of the ways that many people have chosen to celebrate those special to them.

To set up or renew a Day Dedication, contact Dan McHugh at 919-556-5178 during business hours or email him. It takes a couple of business days to process a Day Dedication, so please let us know your wishes as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Johann Strauss’ operetta,  Der Zigeunerbaron or (The Gypsy Baron). From the Los Angeles Philharmonic program notes: “Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron, 1885), concerns a high-stationed political refugee who returns to his wasted land in Hungary, joins a band of gypsies, goes off to war in Spain, and finally returns to Hungary to marry his gypsy sweetheart, who is not really a gypsy but a high-born lady. The Overture contains temperamental, dashing music of “The Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry” variety, and also, midway — what else? — a beguiling Viennese waltz.”

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

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Here at The Classical Station, we believe in developing and sustaining a community of classical music lovers by nurturing, educating, and offering the human side of music. One of the ways we do that is by speaking with performers, conductors, and composers on Preview! every Sunday evening at approximately 7 p.m. Eastern. Now, if you were busy and missed some of our interviews, not to worry. We have them all archived for you.

These musicians are passionate about their art. It’s fascinating to hear them talk about their early years, the influences which shaped their careers, and so much more. Thank you for making these interviews possible.

On June 9 we observe the birthdays of German composer Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), Danish composer Carl Nielsen(1865-1931), French composer Albéric Magnard (1865-1914), and Romanian soprano Ileana Cotrubaș (1939-). Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai was one of the founders of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein exposed Nielsen’s symphonies to a wider audience with a recording of his Fifth Symphony in 1962. Monsieur Albéric studied with Vincent D’Indy. Ms. Cotrubaș’ career spanned the 19602 through the 1980s during which time she was in demand at opera houses around the world.

Photos: Carl Nielsen, Gerhard Lynge, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Otto Nicolai,  Josef Kriehuber, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Albéric Magnard, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;  Ms. Cotrubaș, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Bach-Cantatas.org


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Looking for a good book on classical music? Check out our Book Reviews page. Carefully curated by Christina Romano, the editor of our member magazine, Quarter Notes, these books will provide you with many hours of reading pleasure. We send Quarter Notes to all of our listeners who support The Classical Station financially.

The Summer 2021 edition of Quarter Notes contains a review by R.C. Speck of The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910 By Stephen Johnson. We are most grateful to Mr. Speck for his many reviews over the years.

On June 8 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751), German composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856), and Polish-born American pianist Emmanuel Ax (1949-).

In his day, Albinoni wrote operas, very few of which have survived. Robert and Clara Schumann were friends of Johannes Brahms. Ax is a champion of the works of contemporary composers.

Photos: Robert Schumann, Josef Kriehuber, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Tomaso Albinoni, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;  Emmanuel Ax by Maurice Jerry Beznos

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Monday,  June 7, 2021

London Symphony Orchestra
Photo Mark Allan

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the London Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Felix Mendelssohn, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, in performances led by Neeme Järvi, Claudio Abbado, and music director designate Antonio Pappano.

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

Richard Danielpour
Photo ⓒ Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

American composer Richard Danielpour is our guest on the June edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On June 7 we observe the birthdays of Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell (1897-1970), French conductor Philippe Entremont (1934-), Estonian-born American conductor Neeme Järvi (1937-), and Bolivian violinist Jaime Laredo (1941-).

George Szell was a protégé of Richard Strauss. M. Entremont is a noted pianist who recorded the Rachmaninoff concerti with Eugene Ormandy. Järvi was Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1990-2005. Laredo has enjoyed a career of over six decades as a soloist, teacher, conductor, and chamber musician.

Photo: George Szell, Unknown Author, Michiganesian, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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