This Week At The Classical Station
by Rob Kennedy
Untitled by Ray Martin. Inspired by “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven. From our Virtual Art Exhibit
by Rob Kennedy
Sunday, August 8, 2021
American composer Robert Kyr believes that music can be a guiding force in our lives. This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear selections from his latest release of choral works, In Praise of Music. We’ll also hear compositions by Jonathan Leshnoff and Joseph Schwantner.
Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. With Ed Amend
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is a veteran performer. But her new release, Baroque, marks her first outing on a historically correct instrument with gut strings. Hear her play music of Vivaldi and Geminiani this evening on Preview! Dan McHugh speaks with Elizabeth Beilman of the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. And Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax play music of Beethoven.
Preview! offers the best in new classical recordings and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. With Steve Thebes.
This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Tallis Scholars, the Hilliard Ensemble, and Magnificat. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Samuel Adler. We shall also observe the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin Despres with the airing of several of his shorter works as well as his Missa Pange Lingua.
Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music. Every Sunday morning. 8 a.m. eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.
Photo: Woodcut of Josquin Despres, Petrus Opmeer, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
This afternoon American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is our guest on the August edition of My Life In Music. Ms. Bridges chats with Bob Chapman about her early years and education as a singer as well as a much sought-after performer on the world’s concert stages. You will hear her sing music by Richard Danielpour, Georges Bizet, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Antonín Dvořák.
My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. The program begins at 5 p.m. Eastern.
On August 8 we observe the birthdays of French composer Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), Czech violinist and composer Josef Suk (1929-2011), and Italian-born American organist Pietro Yon (1886-1943). Of Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade, French opera composer Ambroise Thomas said, “This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.” Josef Suk was the great-grandson of Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. Pietro Alessandro Yon was organist of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral from 1928-1943. He is best known for his Christmas piece Gesù bambino.
Photo: Cecile Chaminade, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Saturday, August 7, 2021
On August 7 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946) and American guitarist Sharon Isbin (1956-).
Bantock was one of the founders of the City of Birmingham Orchestra which later became the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Besides being a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Ms. Isbin is the founding director of the Guitar Department at the Julliard School.
Photo: Sharon Isbin by J. Henry Fair
Friday, August 6, 2021
In the movies, the right music can make a scary scene scarier, a funny scene funnier, and a touching moment more poignant. Join us for one of our most popular theme weekends. This weekend is Cinema Classics Weekend on The Classical Station. We’ll feature music from best-loved films, both classical selections, and music written especially for the silver screen. No ticket required! Don’t forget to ask us to play your favorite music from the movies tomorrow on the Saturday Evening Request Program. Call 919-556-0123 or submit your request online.
Photo: Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Madame Tussad’s by Loren Javier
Thursday, August 5, 2021
This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet, a five-act grand opera adapted from William Shakespeare’s 1609 play of the same name. Choosing librettos from the world’s greatest literature is risky: the words tend to eclipse the music, and the originals are often “adapted” out of recognition. In the case of Thomas’s Hamlet, the story is drastically truncated; the situations are simplified and perverted, the characters’ actions and interactions largely changed. Set to a French libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier, it premiered at the Paris Opéra on March 9, 1868. Antonio de Almeida conducts the Ambrosian Opera Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this 1993 EMI Classics recording.
Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 7 p.m. Eastern. With Bob Chapman.
On August 5 we observe the birthdays of Franco-Flemish composer Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1494), French composer Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896), Russian conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev (1932-), and American violinist Mark O’Connor (1961-). Du Fay was a leading composer of the 15th century. Monsieur Thomas wrote over twenty operas. Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseyev has asteroid 7741 Fedoseev named in his honor. Mark O’Connor enjoys great popularity both as a violinist and a composer.
Photo: Mark O’Connor by Deanna Rose
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Photo: North Carolina Chamber Music Institute
On August 4 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Kurt Eichhorn (1908-1994), American composer William Schuman (1910-1992), English organist Simon Preston (1938-), and American soprano Deborah Voigt (1960-).
Herr Eichhorn was chief conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra from 1967 to 1975. Mr. Schuman was president of the Juilliard School from 1945-1961. Simon Preston began his musical career as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge. Ms Voigt has sung in most of the world’s great opera houses and has dozens of recordings to her credit.
Photo: Deborah Voigt by Luke Ratray
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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On August 3 we observe the birthday of English-born American organist and composer Dr. Alec Wyton (1921-2007). Alec was Organist of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine from 1954-1974. He was also the Coordinator of the Standing Commission on Church Music which produced The Hymnal 1982 for the Episcopal Church.
Photo: The Wyton Archive
Monday, August 2, 2021
This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On the program is music by Sergei Prokofiev, Charles Ives, and Jean Sibelius, in performances led by André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and music director Gustavo Dudamel.
Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Photo: Courtesy of the LA Phil
This evening American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is our guest on the August edition of My Life In Music. Ms. Bridges chats with Bob Chapman about her early years and education as a singer as well as a much sought-after performer on the world’s concert stages. You will hear her sing music by Richard Danielpour, Georges Bizet, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Antonín Dvořák.
My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. The program begins at 7 p.m. Eastern.
On August 2 we observe the birthday of English composer Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975). Sir Arthur wrote music in a variety of forms including ballet and film. The Arthur Bliss Society has more information about him.
Photo: Herbert Lambert