This Week At The Classical Station

Photo by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, November 14, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths, the Attacca Quartet plays music of Arvo Pärt. We’ll hear siblings Christina and Michelle Naughton perform a work for piano by John Adams. And from the mid-20th century, music of Zoltan Kodaly played by cellist Nancy Green and pianist Tannis Gibson.

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

This evening on Preview! Cuarteto Casals performs music of Mozart. Rob Kennedy speaks with JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, about their recording of “The Four Seasons.” And Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in music of Rachmaninoff.

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 Libera, the Exaudi Choir of Cuba, and the Corydon Singers. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Herbert Howells, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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

On November 14 we observe the birthdays of three composers. Born on this day were Austrian composer Leopold Mozart (1719-1787), German composer Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847), and American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990).

The father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was probably more successful as a teacher than as a composer. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel wrote over 460 compositions. She received her early musical education from her mother who had been trained by a student of Johann Sebastian Bach. Referred to as “the Dean of American Composers”, Aaron Copland created musical canvasses which seem to many people to capture the essence of what American music is, or should be.

Photo: Fannie Mendelssohn-Hensel, Wilhelm Hensel, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, November 13, 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 radio takes your backing with a donation. Keep this wonderful music alive right now with a heartfelt contribution. Give securely online or give us a call anytime. 800-556-5178.

Photo: Blue Diamond Gallery, Fair Use

On November 13 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (1663-1712) and American composer George Whitfield Chadwick (1854-1931).

Herr Zachow was George Frederic Handel’s first teacher. Chadwick was one of a group of composers known as The Boston Six. The others in the group were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

Photo: George Whitfield Chadwick, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, November 12, 2021

Did you become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station during our recent Fall Membership Drive? If you did, thank you! You are enjoying convenient, automatic, ongoing monthly contributions which you can change or stop at any time! Becoming a Sustaining Member is an easy way to increase the power of your support and put more of your dollars into the great classical music you depend on.

As a Sustaining Member, you will:

  • Enjoy uninterrupted membership status at The Classical Station.
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  • Provide The Classical Station with a steady and reliable stream of income which allows us to plan for a sustainable future.

Here’s how a Sustaining Membership works: Your monthly contribution is deducted automatically from the account of your choice on the same day each month until you tell us to stop. You can make changes or cancel your Sustaining Membership at any time.

To become a Sustaining Member, visit our Donation Page. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. A member of staff will be happy to take down your information and instructions, as well as answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift or designate 10% of your Sustaining Membership to the Education Fund if you prefer. Thank you for being a Sustaining Member!

On November 12 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) and French Canadian composer and teacher Jean Papineau-Couture (1916-2000).

Educated as a chemist and a doctor, Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin studied composition with Mily Balakirev. While music was Borodin’s secondary vocation, he did manage to find time to write several operas and symphonies, as well as dozens of works in various forms. Montreal native Jean Papineau-Couture graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger. He was on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1946-1962.

Photo: Alexander Borodin, Unknown Author, Public Domain,

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Today we honor all who have served our country in the armed forces. We thank them for their sacrifices. Throughout the day, we will be playing familiar American compositions and patriotic music. At 11 a.m. Eastern we will play TAPS and America The Beautiful. As the Veterans Affairs Department of the federal government states, Veterans Day is “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

The staff and volunteers of The Classical Station honor all of our veterans. We salute you. We thank you for your service.

Photo: “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – NW view – Arlington National Cemetery – 2012” by Tim Evanson is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents two works that are particularly appropriate for Veterans Day: All Quiet on the Western Front by Nancy Van de Vate and War Requiem by Benjamin Britten.

All Quiet on the Western Front, by the American-born Austrian composer Nancy Van de Vate, pays tribute to the sufferings of ordinary soldiers. Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel, it had its world premiere in Osnabrück, Germany September 28, 2003; the first complete American performance took place on May 24, 2014, in New York City.

Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem in 1962 for the re-consecration of the Anglican Cathedral in Coventry, which was destroyed by German bombs during World War II. In it, Benjamin Britten followed the spirit of Giuseppe Verdi in creating a very operatic War Requiem, which utilizes both the Catholic Mass for the Dead and the war poetry of an English officer, Wilfred Owen, who was killed in battle only a week before the armistice ending World War I was signed.

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On November 11 we observe the birthdays of English conductor Vernon Handley and Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet.

Vernon Handley was not a flashy, jet-set conductor. His modest gestures on the podium were similar to those of his teacher, Sir Adrian Boult, who once was heard to remark, “Do remember, won’t you, that you are playing to the blind man in the audience.” And that’s how my old conducting teacher at the Royal College of Music was. Vernon Handley was all about the music. Period. Can you imagine being able to collaborate with composers such as Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky? Well, Ernest Ansermet did, and his interpretations of their music showed his deep understanding of what he was performing. He also founded Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1918.

Photo: Vernon Handley, Unknown Author, English Symphony Orchestra, Fair Use

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. Thank you for your support!

Photo: IFCAR, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

On November 10 we observe the birthdays of French composer François Couperin (1668-1733), Italian composer Ennio Morricone (1928-), and Swiss conductor and composer Michel Tabachnik (1942-).

French baroque composer Couperin left us approximately 100 works for keyboard, organ, choir, and strings. Academy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone has over 70 film scores to his credit. Tabachnik is music director of Noord Nederlands Orkest and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photo: Enrico Morricone, George Biard, CC by SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

It’s the time of year when the holiday season is about to begin. Food stores stock frozen turkeys, holiday recipes appear online, and Christmas music starts early. Here at The Classical Station we’ve just finished our Fall Fund Drive. To all of you who are members of this family of classical music lovers and have donated or increased your Sustaining Membership, a sincere and hearty Thank You!

Now, If you aren’t yet a member and would like to change that, it’s very easy to do. Give securely online or via our app. Since we always have a live announcer on duty, feel free to call anytime. 800-556-5178. Oh, and don’t forget to look over our Thank You Gifts. They make great holiday gifts.

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts Montana

On November 9 we observe the birthdays of Czech pianist Ivan Moravec (1930-2015), German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff (1959-), Welsh bass Bryn Terfel (1965-), and Uruguayan-born American composer Sergio Cervetti (1941-).

Ivan Moravec enjoyed a fifty-year recital career. Grammy award-winning singer Thomas Quasthoff studied law and worked as a radio announcer early in his career. Bryn Terfel Jones has enjoyed a distinguished career performing in opera houses around the world. Señor Cervetti composes in a variety of forms. His music is often influenced by folk music.

Photo: Bryn Terfel, Frankie Fouganthin, CC by SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, November 8, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  On the program is music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sir Edward Elgar, and Maurice Ravel in performances led by Enrique Bátiz, Grzegorz Nowak, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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The November edition of Renaissance Fare highlights the courtly music of Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and more. We’ll enjoy the artistry of several popular ensembles including The King’s Noyse, The Pifarro Band, and more. Get out your tabrets and join host George Douglas at 7 p.m. Eastern.

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

On November 8 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953), English violinist Simon Standage (1941-), and Croatian classical guitarist Ana Vidovic (1980-).

Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1942. He wrote three ballets and eight symphonies amongst dozens of compositions in a variety of forms. Simon Standage is best-known for his performances on baroque instruments. He has been Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music since 1983. Ms. Vidovic is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Photo: Ms. Vidovic by David Roy Duenias