This Week At The Classical Station

Photo by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Soprano Renée Fleming’s long walks near her Virginia home during lockdown inspired her new album, Voice of Nature, with pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear selections from that album, songs by Caroline Shaw and Nico Muhly. We’ll also hear music of Bartók played on two electric guitars.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music on Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern.

This evening on Preview! we’ll hear premiere recordings of music by the Romantic era Swedish composer Laura Netzel. Rob Kennedy speaks with violinist Augustin Hedelich. And childrens’ author Michael Morpurgo narrates a Saint-Saëns classic, along with Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman.

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

The October edition of Renaissance Fare features the music of William Byrd, who was considered to be the greatest composer of the Elizabethan period in England.  Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this afternoon  at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: From a drawing in Cassell’s Library of English Literature, Henry Morley, 1883, Fair Use, Public Domain Vectors

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by The Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York City, the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and The Saint Tikhon Choir. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, and Philippe Rogier.

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

(c) Daphne Boden
Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

On October 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726), French composer Henri Mulet (1878-1967), Polish composer Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (1916-1998), English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983), and American pianist Stephen Bishop Koyacevich (1940-).

A Jesuit priest, Signor Zipoli emigrated to South America where he composed and taught music to the locals. A student of Guilmant and Widor, Monsieur Mulet wrote several organ works which remain staples of the repertoire. Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz was a 20th-century composer who stuck to his own conservative style of composing as opposed to following the avant-garde style which was all the rage back then. Herbert Howells is perhaps best-known for his choral music written for the Anglican Church in England. Stephen Bishop Koyacevich, now known simply as Stephen Koyacevich, has enjoyed a career as both piano soloist and conductor.

Portrait of Herbert Howells by Leonard Boden


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Marin Alsop
Photo by Grant Leighton

On October 16 we observe the birthdays of French composer Frédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy (1765-1838), Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745), English composer Charles Harford Lloyd (1849-1919), and American conductor Marin Alsop (1956-).

Monsieur Duvernoy was a hornist in the Orchestre de la Garde Nationale. Jan Dismas Zelenka flourished in Dresden, Germany for most of his career. Charles Harford Lloyd was educated at Oxford and held positions at Gloucester Cathedral and Eton College during his long career. Ms. Alsop is music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Volunteer announcer Andy Huber
pictured during Break The Announcer

The excitement at The Classical Station is mounting! Our Fall 2021 Fund Drive begins next Friday, October 22.

As you know, fund drives are critical for a listener-supported radion station like The Classical Station. We don’t have an endowment. There’s no funding from a national organization or university. It’s listeners like you who keep the beautiful music coming 24/7. And it’s been that way since 1978. Back then our signal reached a small audience in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Now you can listen to our programming anywhere via our app and website.

Please do your part to keep this unique classical music service fiscally strong. Give securely online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178. Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift!

Photo: WCPE Photo Services

On October 15 we observe the birthdays of Swedish-Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838) and Swedish composer Dag Wirén (1905-1986).

Crusell flourished in the classical era and was Finland’s most well-known composer before Jean Sibelius. Dag Ivar Wirén wrote in a variety of forms and styles. His best-known work is Serenade for Strings.

Photo: Dag Wirén, Anonymous author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Benjamin Britten’s comic opera Albert Herring. Based on Guy de Maupassant’s novella Le Rosier de Madame Husson, the setting of this comic opera was transposed to a fictional English village. With Albert Herring, Britten and librettist Eric Crozier had the ambitious goal of re-establishing a uniquely English operatic tradition. It was to serve as the first production of the English Opera Group, an organization founded to promote operatic works by English composers.

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

On October 14 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and American pianist Gary Graffman (1928-).

Herr Zemlinsky taught Erich Korngold, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern. He was friends with Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. Gary Graffman studied with Vladimir Horowitz and Rudolf Serkin. Still active as a teacher, he has served as director and president of The Curtis Institute.

Photo: Alexander von Zemlinsky, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Can you be an angel? We need angels for our Fall 2021 Membership Drive which will begin in a few weeks. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are amazing listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station that you enjoy so much.

The way it works is very simple. For example, a listener in Charlotte, North Carolina, commits $600 to the membership drive. She tells us that she will match 5 contributions of $10 per month. So, once her angel match is met and 5 new members have become Sustaining Members at $10 per month, The Classical Station garners $600 from our Angel and another $600 from the 5 listeners who have become Sustaining Members at the $10 per month level.

Can you be an Angel during our Fall 2021 Membership Drive? Here’s how to make that happen: call us anytime and tell the member of staff who answers that you want to be an Angel with your gift of $300 or more. 800-556-5178.

You can also become an Angel by making your gift of $300 or more online via our secure server. Put “This is an Angel Match!” in the Comments Box. Your Angel Match can be paid as a Sustaining Membership. So, a $300 Angel Match can be spread across 12 months with a monthly payment of $25.

Remember: you can call the station anytime. 24/7. A live member of staff will take your call and help you with your pledge and any questions you have. Thank you for being an Angel and encouraging other listeners to support The Classical Station! Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift!

Photo: “Angel 013” by Juliett-Foxtrott is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

On October 13 we observe the birthday of Dutch composer Peter Gijsbert van Anrooij, or, as he is better known, Peter van Anrooy (1879-1954). van Anrooy studied in Dresden and Moscow. His best-known composition is “Piet Hein Rhapsodie voor symfonieorkest.”

Photo: Cornelis Johan Hofker, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

On October 12 we observe the birthdays of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), English-Canadian composer, and organist Healey Willan (1880-1968), Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), and Dutch early music specialist Ton Koopman (1944-).

Some critics consider Ralph Vaughan Williams as one of the greatest composers England has ever produced. Dr. Willan was organist and choirmaster of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto from 1921-1968. He wrote over 800 compositions in a variety of forms. Luciano Pavarotti had two divas whose recommendations and help gave the young tenor’s career its start. Joan Sutherland and Mirella Freni were both powerful influences. And who can forget how easily the great tenor entertained audiences worldwide with classical crossover performances and those amazing Three Tenors concerts with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. Ton Koopman founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992. Happy 77th birthday, Maestro!

Photo: Drawing of Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Rothenstein, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Monday, October 11, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. On the program is music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Johann Sebastian Bach in performances led by Sir Neville Marriner, Iona Brown, and current music director, Joshua Bell.

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

The October edition of Renaissance Fare features the music of William Byrd, who was considered to be the greatest composer of the Elizabethan period in England.  Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: From a drawing in Cassell’s Library of English Literature, Henry Morley, 1883, Fair Use, Public Domain Vectors

On October 11 we observe the birthdays of Canadian-American composer Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) and American violinist Rachel Barton Pine (1974-). While Dett was born in Drummondville, Ontario, and, indeed, was buried there, he spent most of his professional life in the United States. He studied with Arthur Foote at Harvard and with Nadia Boulanger at Fountainbleau. Robert Nathaniel Dett was active as a composer, choral conductor, professor, and organist. Having made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at the age of 10, Rachel Barton Pine has played with most of the world’s major orchestras and made over 30 recordings.

Photo: R. Nathaniel Dett, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Rachel Barton Pine by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

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