This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 10, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths the ARC ensemble of Canada rediscovers a 1958 chamber work by an often-overlooked Ukrainian composer, Dmitri Klebanov. We’ll also hear music for orchestra by Scottish composer James MacMillan.

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 the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, playing a symphony by Florence Beatrice Price.  Rob Kennedy speaks with guitarist Sean Shibe about his CD, Camino. And pianist Stephen Hough plays music of Robert Schumann.

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

Our guest on the October edition of My Life In Music is pianist John O’Conor. John has performed in concert halls worldwide. From his website: “A Steinway Artist, he is Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah University in Virginia, Professor of Piano at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Distinguished Visiting Artist at the TU Dublin Conservatoire of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan.” Interspersed with our conversation are tracks from some of John’s recordings, including music by John Field, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Josef Haydn.

My Life In Music begins at 5 p.m. Eastern. With Rob Kennedy.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Pomerium, the Corydon Singers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Also on the playlist is Cantata 46 by Johann Sebastian Bach,  De Profundis by Arvo Pärt, and the oratorio Athalia by George Frederic Handel.

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

On October 10 we observe the birthdays of German composer Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1786), American composer Paul Creston (1906-1985), American conductor Chris Walden (1966-), and Israeli-Russian-British pianist Evgeny Kissin (1971-).

Herr Krebs studied with Johann Sebastian Bach. Paul Creston was a largely self-taught composer whose music was popular in the 40s and 50s. He taught several notable musicians including John Corigliano. German-born Chris Walden is a classically trained musician who has over forty film and TV show scores to his credit. Evgeny Kissin is widely considered to be one of the great pianists of his generation. He has appeared as a soloist with most of the world’s major orchestras.

Photo: Paul Creston by Timothy Creston

 


Saturday, October 9, 2021

One of our popular theme weekends is our Armchair Travelers Weekend. So, this weekend, come away with us on a musical journey around this beautiful world, from the steppes of Central Asia, down the beautiful river Moldau, and along the Grand Canyon, with stops in Mexico, Africa, Norway, and more. It’s certain to be an exciting and beautiful adventure.

Photo: Bison in Western U.S.A. by Dale Marie Muller

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by Will Padgett

Forty-three years ago, we could only broadcast classical music here in Central North Carolina. Even then our signal was restricted until Deborah Proctor convinced the FCC to let us broadcast our 100,000 watt FM signal in a full circle. Now that FM signal radiating from our 1200 foot tower reaches out 100 miles. Then came satellite and cable systems carrying our classical music. In the late 90s, we began streaming our classical music online. In 2014 our apps went live. And about the same time streaming services such as TuneIn began carrying our classical music. Right now listeners throughout the world are enjoying the beautiful classical music which YOU have made possible with your generous support.

Whether you are listening in Paris, Idaho, or Paris, France, become a member online. Or call us anytime at 800-556-5178  to support the music you love here on The Classical Station.

On October 9 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) and French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921).

One of the greatest composers of operas, Signor Verdi wrote 28 of them. Apparently, he was intimately involved with every detail of these productions as well. If a musical form existed, chances are that Saint-Saëns wrote in it. He even wrote a film score in 1908.

Photo: Giuseppe Verdi, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Public Domain, CC PDM 1.0


Friday, October 8, 2021

Classical music is a tapestry of instruments, of experience, of emotion, of story. Every piece of music you hear on The Classical Station is also part of the larger tapestry of musical history, a history that goes back through centuries of composition and more than a century of recordings. Every day The Classical Station weaves a tapestry drawn from the many thousands of recordings in our vast music library. But today the story is all about you – our listener. So seize the day by showing your support today for The Classical Station. Give online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178. Thank you for your support!

On October 8 we observe the birthdays of German composer Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) and French composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937). Herr Schütz studied with Giovanni Gabrieli in Venice. He is widely considered to be the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach. Monsieur Vierne was the Titular Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris from 1900 until 1937. During a tour of the U.S., he played the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia and the smaller Wanamaker organ in New York City.

Photo: Heinrich Schütz, Christoph Spätner, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

 


Thursday, October 7, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Karl Goldmark’s Die Königen von Saba (The Queen of Sheba). The first of seven operas by the son of a Hungarian Jewish cantor, it remains his most enduring work. Loosely based on the First Book of Kings in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), its libretto was written by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal, with modifications by the composer.

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

On October 7 we observe the birthdays of American conductor and cellist Alfred Wallenstein (1898-1983), Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit (1936-), English trumpeter Alison Balsom (1978-), Chinese pianist Li Yundi (1982-), and Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1955-).

Maestro Wallenstein was director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1943-1956. He also pioneered classical music radio broadcasts back in the 1930s.  Maestro Dutoit was the conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1977-2002. He has conducted most of the world’s major orchestras over the course of his long professional career. Besides being a brilliant trumpet player, Alison Balsom enjoys a multi-faceted career as an arranger, producer, and music educator. Li Yundi or Yundi, as he is known, is the youngest pianist to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition which he accomplished in 2000 at the age of 18. Yo-Yo Ma is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Harvard University. He has made over ninety recordings and won eighteen Grammy Awards.

Photo: Yundi Li by Mumu1982 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

We’re always tweaking our app. For those of you who like technical information, we’re on version 4.4.63. We added a Listener Comment feature to the app a few months ago. You can use it to record a brief comment about a work you heard us play here on The Classical Station. Or ask us a question. Find it in the menu icon in the top left corner.

We have always valued your input, ever since we began broadcasting in 1978.  So, give us a call anytime at 800-556-5178, email us, message us on our social media accounts – Facebook and Twitter – or leave a comment on our app.

On October 6 we observe the birthdays of English composer Stanley Myers (1930-1993), Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (1820-1887), Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), and Austrian pianist Paul Badura-Skoda (1927-).

Stanley Myers composed over sixty film scores. His best-known composition is the work for guitar entitled Cavatina. Ms. Lind’s American manager was none other than P.T. Barnum. She seems to have done rather well financially during her career, according to the available accounts. Karol Szymanowski wrote over seventy compositions in a variety of forms and styles. He is widely considered to be the greatest Polish composer of the early twentieth century. Paul Badura-Skoda has made over two hundred recordings. He is highly regarded for his performances on historical instruments.

Photo: Jenny Lind, Eduard Magnus, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Have you seen our Thank You Gifts? We’ve assembled a collection of Thank You gifts for every giving level. Want to give $5 per month? Then let us say “Thank you!” with a writing pen or a car magnet (pictured). The baseball cap can be yours for a one-time gift of $100 or $8.33 per month as a Sustaining Member. We have a very smart charcoal gray fleece sweatshirt,  mugs, water bottles, and much more. And, of course, William Woltz, our Music Director, has selected some very fine recordings for you to consider as well.

Our Fall Membership Drive begins on Friday, October 22. Thank you so much for supporting the classical music you enjoy here on The Classical Station!

Photo: WCPE Photo Services


Monday, October 4, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by Peter Tchaikovsky, Jean Sibelius, and Camille Saint-Saëns in performances led by Manfred Honeck, Lorin Maazel, and Marek Janowski.

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

Our guest on the October edition of My Life In Music is pianist John O’Conor. John has performed in concert halls worldwide. From his website: “A Steinway Artist, he is Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah University in Virginia, Professor of Piano at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Distinguished Visiting Artist at the TU Dublin Conservatoire of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan.” Interspersed with our conversation are tracks from some of John’s recordings, including music by John Field, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Josef Haydn.

My Life In Music begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. With Rob Kennedy.

On October 4 we observe the birthday of German composer August Wilhelm Bach (1796-1869). While not a member of the famous Bach family, Herr Bach made his living as a composer, teacher, and organist. He wrote sacred choral and organ music as well as teaching at the Royal Institute of Church Music in Berlin.

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