This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Ian B. Kennedy, Venice, Florida

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 15, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear a piano concerto by American composer Joan Tower, inspired by both the stillness, and the raging power, of water. Cellist Maya Beiser plays Philip Glass, and we’ll hear works by Dan Locklair and Paul Lanksy.

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

This evening on Preview! we’ll hear Spanish pianist Javier Perianes in selections from his new release of Chopin sonatas. Rob Kennedy speaks with Argentine composer and guitarist Francisco del Pino. And violinist Amandine Beyer plays the music of C.P.E. Bach.

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

The August edition of Renaissance Fare commemorates the 500th anniversary of the 16th-century French composer Josquin Desprez. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance and one of the originators of polyphonic music. We’ll hear a magnificent Credo from one of the 30 masses he wrote. We’ll also hear some of his most popular secular tunes, chansons, and motets.

Join George Douglas at 5:00 p.m. Eastern this afternoon.

Photo: From a drawing in Cassell’s Library of English Literature, Henry Morley, 1883

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos, the Duke Vespers Ensemble, and the Choir of the Cathedral of Verona. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Antonio Salieri. Our guest commentary is the first commentary we aired back in January 2016. The late Reverend Dr. Richard Pfaff recorded a beautiful commentary on Samuel Crossman’s text “My Song Is Love Unknown” a few months before he died. We treasure it and Dr. Pfaff’s memory.

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

Photo: Cloister at the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, José Luis Filpo Cabana,  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license Wikimedia Commons

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

On August 15 we observe the birthdays of English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), French composer Jacques Ibert (1890-1962), and German-American composer Lukas Foss (1922-2009).

Coleridge-Taylor studied composition at the Royal College of Music with Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Ibert wrote seven operas and five ballets, among other compositions. Foss was a classmate of Leonard Bernstein at the Curtis Institute.

Photo: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Abstract painting with added seashells and stones

Ode to Cape Cod
by Patricia Victoria Basta. Inspired by Debussy’s La Mer

The beauty and inspiration that classical music offers is the reason why so many people hold it so close to their hearts. Classical music is an experience with no boundaries. It’s an experience that exists to bring forth the passion and wonder around us, the emotions we have, the challenges and struggles we face, and also the moments of pure joy that grace our lives every once in a while. This is music worth standing behind with your donation of support now. Keep it real for The Classical Station with your gift.

You can give securely online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178 to have a member of staff take down the details of your gift. Don’t forget to choose a Thank You Gift. Thank you for your support of The Classical Station.

On August 14 we observe the birthdays of English composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) and French conductor Georges Prêtre (1924-2017). Wesley received his middle name because of his father’s love of Bach. Monsieur Prêtre earned international recognition as a fine conductor of opera in the major opera houses of the world.

Photo: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Friday, August 13, 2021

Bringing you music composed hundreds of years ago takes 21st-century technology. Studio equipment, transmitters, satellites, fiber-optic Internet links, and a broadcasting tower nearly as tall as the Empire State Building. Help preserve the great sounds of western civilization. Donate online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178 today. Don’t let history be forgotten. Thank you for your support.

On August 13 we observe the birthdays of English composer John Ireland (1879-1962), French conductor Louis Frémaux (1921-2017), and American soprano Kathleen Battle (1948-).

Ireland wrote music in many forms, mainly in an impressionistic style. His students included Ernest John Moeran and Benjamin Britten. Frémaux was music director of several major orchestras including the Orchestra of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Battle is a GRAMMY Award-winning artist who is at home singing classical, jazz, and crossover works.

Photo: Kathleen Battle by Douglas Foulke


Thursday, August 12, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Peter Tchaikovsky’s Onegin. Sophisticated Onegin rebuffs country gal Tatyana. Jealous Lenski is killed in a duel with Onegin, who has flirted with his fiancée Olga in North Carolina Opera’s January 2016 performance.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 7 p.m. Eastern. Bob Chapman hosts.

On August 12 we observe the birthdays of Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) and English composers Maurice Greene (1696-1755), Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (1825-1889), and Sir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896).

Herr von Biber was a brilliant composer and one of the finest violinists of his era. Maurice Greene was one of the most acclaimed musicians of his time. Eighteenth-Century English Music states that by the age of 40 “he was Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Organist and Composer to the Chapel Royal, Professor of Music at Cambridge University and Master of the King’s Musick.” Sir Frederick A. G. Ouseley was one of those brilliant musicians whose music is rarely heard these days. A prominent musician of the late 19th-century, Barnby is best known by modern listeners for his hymn tunes Laudes Domini for “When morning gilds the skies” and O Perfect Love for the popular wedding hymn of the same name.

Photo: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Paul Seel, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Classical music was his companion. That’s why, in 2010, pop star, Kid Rock, raised a million dollars in a benefit concert and saved the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Classical Station is your companion, and you can have us with you everywhere you go. Just check out our app. We’re in your device’s store. Search for WCPE, The Classical Station.

Some of the things you can do on our app: submit a request for All Request Friday and the Saturday Evening Request Program; listen to our conversations with classical composers and performers; record a comment or suggestion; make a donation to The Classical Station. Thank you for your support.

Photo: WCPE Photo Services


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Classical music carries a kind of truth. It’s music with a purpose – music that reaches deep into our hearts and souls – music that connects directly with our most profound emotions. Whether it’s Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn, Chopin or Schubert… classical music lays its heart on the line. In the world of music, there’s nothing that carries that kind of power. But to keep it right here on The Classical Station takes your backing with a donation. Keep this wonderful music alive right now with a heartfelt contribution. Give securely online or call 800-556-5178 anytime to speak with a member of staff.

On August 10 we observe the birthdays of German composer Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629), Russian composer Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936), English composer Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960), and French organist and teacher Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013).

Herr Praetorius is remembered mostly for a collection of chorales or hymn tunes which became a standard musical form in church worship. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov taught Glazunov composition. Glazunov, in turn, taught Dmitri Shostakovich. Cecil Armstrong Gibbs was best known for his songs. Marie-Claire Alain recorded the complete organ works of Bach three times.

Photo: Alexander Glazunov, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Monday, August 9, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program is music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, in performances led by James Conlon, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and music director Lahav Shani.

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

The August edition of Renaissance Fare commemorates the 500th anniversary of the 16th-century French composer Josquin Desprez. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance and one of the originators of polyphonic music. We’ll hear a magnificent Credo from one of the 30 masses he wrote. We’ll also hear some of his most popular secular tunes, chansons, and motets.

Join George Douglas at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

Photo: From a drawing in Cassell’s Library of English Literature, Henry Morley, 1883