This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, September 5, 2021

This evening Wavelengths presents music for violin and orchestra by American composer James Matheson. Also, a trio by Canadian Srul Irving Glick and music for strings by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

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

This evening Preview! presents the Budapest Festival Orchestra playing Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in a performance led by conductor Iván Fischer. Dan McHugh speaks with Melanie Doerner, Executive Director of the Community Music School in Raleigh. We’ll hear a ballet by Anton Arensky and a symphony by Karl Stamitz.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Choir of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, The Zemel Choir, and the Prague Philharmonic Choir. Also on the playlist is Cantata BWV 78 by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Mass in E flat by Franz Schubert, and Darius Milhaud’s Sacred Service. Don’t forget to listen tomorrow, Monday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Eastern, for our special Rosh Hashanah program as The Classical Station observes the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays.

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

On September 5 we observe the birthdays of German composer Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944), Mexican conductor Eduardo Mata (1942-1995), American composer John Cage (1912-1992), and Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin (1961-).

J.C. Bach was the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was a prolific composer in many musical forms. Herr Meyerbeer was noted for his operas which made him one of the most successful composers of the nineteenth century. New Hampshire native Amy Beach was one of the Second New England school of composers which included John Knowles Paine, Arthur Foote, George Whitefield Chadwick, Edward MacDowell, and Horatio Parker. Señor Mata died at the age of 53 when the small plane which he was piloting crashed outside Mexico City in 1995. He was the conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1977-1993. John Cage was a composer of avant-garde music. Perhaps his best-known work is his 1952 composition 4’33” (q.v.). Besides being a recitalist, Monsieur Hamelin is also a composer.

Photo: Amy Marcy Cheny Beach, George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress), Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, September 4, 2021

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On September 4 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen (1761-1817), Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), and French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974).

Herr Kunzen worked as an opera conductor and was a champion of Mozart’s operas. Anton Bruckner composed over 150 works. While his large scale symphonies are perhaps his best-known music, his training as an organist afforded him the opportunity to write dozens of very fine choral works. Monsieur Milhaud was one of Les Six, a group of French composers consisting of Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre. He taught at Mills College in California as well as at the Paris Conservatoire.

Photo: Anton Bruckner, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, September 3, 2021

Summer 2021 has brought many of us a new appreciation for family, friends, and the importance of being together. At The Classical Station, we feel privileged to share these times with you, providing beautiful music to keep all our spirits high. Celebrate the unofficial close of summer with us as we bring you a weekend chock-full of listener favorites, culminating on Labor Day, September 6. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

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On September 3 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764).

Signor Locatelli apparently was quite the renaissance man. He was a virtuoso violinist with a penchant for Liberace-style garb, according to the accounts which I read. Plus ca change! Locatelli was born in Italy, but he lived in Amsterdam from 1729 until his death. Amsterdam was the epicenter of the publishing world at the time, and Locatelli made the most of that opportunity.

Photo: Pietro Locatelli, Cornelis Troost, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, September 2, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. The plot involves middle-aged Napa Valley vintner Tony who makes a mail-order marriage proposal to Rosabella, who mistakenly thinks she’s marrying Tony’s handsome young foreman, Joe. Bob Chapman hosts.

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

On September 2 we observe the birthdays of German composer Georg Böhm, and Dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock .

Herr Böhm is remembered as a church musician who developed the chorale partita format. Johann Sebastian Bach knew Böhm personally. Alphons Diepenbrock was a prolific composer in the early 1900s, although nowadays he is probably best known for his work Die Nacht.

Photo: Alphons Diepenbrock, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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On September 1 we observe the birthdays of German composers Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) and Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa (1935-), and American conductor Leonard Slatkin (1944-).

Herr Pachelbel wrote approximately 530 works for organ and choir as well as some chamber works. The much-loved Canon in D is undoubtedly his most popular work. Humperdinck is perhaps best known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. Maestro Ozawa has conducted most of the world’s great orchestras. He got his start under the watchful eyes of Charles Munch, Pierre Monteux, and Herbert von Karajan. Maestro Slatkin is currently the music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is widely considered one of the finest conductors working today. He has more than 100 recordings and 7 Grammy Awards to his credit.

Photo: Engelbert Humperdinck, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

WCPE Car Donation Program

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your vehicle – 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. Here’s how it works: Center for Car Donations (CFCD), 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 for. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will receive a one-year subscription to our member magazine, Quarter Notes.

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On August 31 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886), Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian (1952-), and Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman (1945-).

Signor Ponchielli wrote eleven operas, the best known of which is La Gioconda. Ms. Kashkashian is a Grammy Award-winning performer who is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Besides being a brilliant solo performer, Itzhak Perlman teaches in the pre-college division at The Juilliard School and has held several posts as conductor and music advisor.

Photo: Amilcare Ponchielli, Calzolari e Spada, Milano, Archivio Storico Ricordi, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, August 30, 2021

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This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Karl Nielsen, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, in performances led by Herbert Blomstedt, Edo de Waart, and music director laureate Michael Tilson Thomas.

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