This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, December 19, 2021

This evening Wavelengths features a suite of modern Christmas carols by American composer Christopher Rouse. We’ll also hear works by Henryk Górecki and Teddy Abrams.

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

This evening on Preview! pianist Orion Weiss performs a concerto for the left hand, written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Rob Kennedy speaks with John Jeter, conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony, about the music of Florence Price. And we’ll hear Christmas music for lute and viola da gamba played by Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick.

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

The December edition of Renaissance Fare includes music performed by The Tallis Scholars, Anonymous 4, The Sixteen, and Early Music New York.

Join George Douglas at 5 p.m. Eastern this evening.

Photo: Painting of Mary with Child by Joos van Cleve, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Blue Heron, Chanticleer, and the Choir of the National Cathedral, Washington, DC. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Our featured work is Handel’s Messiah which we will broadcast in its entirety.

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

Photo: Advent Wreath and Candles, Kittelendan, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

On December 19 we observe the birthdays of French composer Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749), Hungarian-born American conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963), and American-born French conductor William Christie (1944-).

Organist of Eglise Saint Sulpice in Paris, Monsieur Clérambault left us compositions for keyboards, as well as many sacred and secular choral works. Frederick Martin “Fritz” Reiner was the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra before becoming music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1953-1962. Educated at Harvard and Yale, William Christie emigrated to France in the 70s where he founded the highly-regarded early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants.

Photos: Portrait of  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault by Louis-Simon Lempereur, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Fritz Reiner/United Artists/Federal Films, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; William Christie/Chris Christodoulou/BBC

 


Saturday, December 18, 2021

Every time you give, you help keep the music playing on The Classical Station. Your support delivers the most captivating live performances from concert halls around the world to your living room. Your gift expands our collection of new composers that are thrilling listeners of all ages. And it ensures that classical music will always be available to everyone anywhere. Your year-end contribution now will make sure that this great tradition of classical music continues throughout 2022 and into the future.

Donate securely here on our website and on our app. If you prefer, call us anytime to make your contribution. 800-556-5178

The Metropolitan Opera’s live Saturday matinee radio broadcasts continue with a treat for the holiday season: Mozart’s The Magic Flute. This classic operatic fairy tale, sung in English and under two hours long, is ideal for listeners of all ages. Maestra Jane Glover leads an extraordinary cast headed by Matthew Polenzani and Hera Hyesang Park as Tamino and Pamina, a prince and princess on a journey to love and light; Rolando Villazón in a noteworthy network role debut as the birdcatcher Papageno; Morris Robinson as the high priest Sarastro; and Kathryn Lewek as the fierce Queen of the Night.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Rolando Villazón as Papageno in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Photo: Karen Almond / Met Opera

On December 18 we observe the birthdays of French piano maker Camille Pleyel (1788-1855), American composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1908), Swiss conductor Edmond de Stoutz (1820-1997), and English conductor William Boughton (1948-).

Joseph Étienne Camille Pleyel inherited the family piano-making business which supplied pianos to Frederic Chopin, among others. Edward MacDowell left us over sixty compositions even though he died at the young age of 48. Besides composing, he was well-known as a concert pianist and teacher. de Stoutz was the founder of the Zürcher Kammerorcheste. William Boughton is currently the Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music. He has guest-conducted most of the world’s major orchestras.

Photos: William Boughton by S.M. Cooper


Friday, December 17, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Saturday, December 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern

Every time you give, you help keep the music playing on The Classical Station. Your support delivers the most captivating live performances from concert halls around the world to your living room. Your gift expands our collection of new composers that are thrilling listeners of all ages. And it ensures that classical music will always be available to everyone on your radio and online wherever you go. Your year-end contribution now will make sure that this great tradition of classical music continues throughout 2022 and into the future.

We have $189,000 to raise by December 31 in order to end the year in the black. What part of this amount can you help with?

Join with hundreds of other listeners who have sent in their end-of-year gifts so far by giving securely online here on our website or on our app. Would you prefer to make your gift by speaking with a member of staff? Call anytime. 800-556-5178. A member of staff is always on duty 24/7 and will be delighted to speak with you. Thank you for your support!

The 12th annual edition of Lullabies and Carols airs this evening at 10 p.m. Eastern. Lullabies and Carols is an oasis of calm for you in the midst of the holiday season. Voces8, The Cathedral Singers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and more sing music by John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen, and Franz Biebl. Rob Kennedy hosts. For air dates and times for The Great Music of Christmas with Bob Chapman,  A Renaissance Christmas with George Douglas, and the St. Olaf Christmas Festival,  visit our Holiday Programming page.

Merry Christmas from all of us at The Classical Station!

Photo: Poinsettia by Frank Vincentz on Wikipedia.org

On December 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) and American conductor Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979).

Signor Cimarosa wrote over eighty operas. Boston native Arthur Fiedler conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra for more than fifty years.

Photos: Arthur Fiedler/RCA Victor Records, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Domenico Cimarosa/Etching by Anton Wachsmann, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org


Thursday, December 16, 2021

You come to The Classical Station to experience life to its fullest. You tune in to be exposed to and surprised by sounds you’ve not yet heard. You listen in order to connect with a form of expression that deepens our understanding of humanity. You listen to The Classical Station because you find a curiosity, intelligence, and desire for excellence that is rare on radio today.

The Classical Station is essential. And, especially as 2021 comes to a close, so is your support. Give now to assure a strong tomorrow filled with the musical culture, insights, and entertainment you enjoy and expect. Donate securely here on our website or on our app. Call 800-556-5178 anytime to speak with a member of staff. Thank you for your support.

Photo: Dan J. Kim, Red Mango, Fair Use

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents an encore broadcast of Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, hosted by the late Al Ruocchio (1937-2007). Al was the host of Opera House from 1980 to 2007.

Suffused with the composer’s deep humanity and burning passion for human freedom, the music totally transcends the Singspiel structure in which the opera is written. The original version, which was titled Leonora (after the heroine) was first performed in Vienna on November 20, 1805. The final version, which we’ll hear on tonight’s program, had its premiere on May 23, 1814, also in Vienna.

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

Photo: Al Ruocchio, WCPE Photo Services

On December 16 we observe the birthdays of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), American organist and organ builder Robert Noehren (1910-2002), English harpsichordist, and conductor Trevor Pinnock (1946-), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).

Besides being a composer, Zoltán Kodály was a teacher. His Kodály Method still enjoys popularity among music teachers worldwide. Dr. Robert Noehren was for many years University Organist and Head of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan. Trevor Pinnock has been a pioneer in the field of early music since his student days at the Royal College of Music. Happy 75th birthday, Dr. Pinnock! Scholars can find no record of Beethoven’s birth on December 16 although they do agree that he was baptized on December 17, 1770. Regardless of that bit of trivia, Beethoven composed some of the greatest music ever written.

Photos: Zoltán Kodály/Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Robert Noehren/Author unknown; Trevor Pinnock/Gerard Collett; Beethoven in 1815 portrait by Joseph Willibrord Mähler/Public Domain on Wikipedia.org


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Classical music on The Classical Station is an inspiring tradition, played on quiet, restful evenings,  played during joyous, holiday festivities. Truly, The Classical Station is a companion to life’s most cherished moments. This incredible music plays on because of your support. As 2021 comes to a close, please support this music that matters so much to you with a year-end donation. Please submit your gift by clicking the Donate Button here on our website or on our app. Or call us anytime. 800-556-5178. Thank you for your support.

On December 15 we observe the birthdays of French composer Michel Richard Delalande (1657-1726) and Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000). A contemporary of Jean-Baptiste Lully and François Couperin, Baroque composer Michel Delalande was employed by King Louis XIV. Ferenc Farkas wrote music in several forms including music for the stage. One of his students was the composer György Ligeti,

Photos: Michel Richard Delalande/Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Ferenc Farkas/CC BY-SA 3.0 on Wikipedia.org


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The music on The Classical Station is with you each moment of the year, while you celebrate, as you work, as you relax, as you live your life to the fullest. The Classical Station is an incredible gift from music-lovers to music-lovers all across Central North Carolina and around the world online. Your year-end donation ensures that this great music, so powerful in your life and in the lives of thousands of others, will continue to play loud and clear throughout 2022 and beyond.

Click your gift to us here on our website or on our app. Call us anytime to have a member of staff take down your gift details. 800-556-5178.

If you’d like a Thank You Gift, choose one from our selection of CDs and other items, or designate 10% of your gift of $50 or more to the Education Fund.

Thank you for your support!

Photo: WCPE Photo Services

The music of Ludwig van Beethoven embodies the best of humanity. His qualities of freedom, dignity, and heroism are all still remarkably relevant today. Beginning today, we’ll spend three days celebrating Beethoven, a tragic figure who forever changed the course of music.

Our Beethovenfest will culminate with his stirring Symphony no. 9 in D Minor on the presumed day of his birth. Consult our playlists to see when your favorite Beethoven work will air. You might also enjoy listening to Beethoven’s music in the New York Times article, 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Beethoven.

Photo: WCPE Photo Services

On December 14 we observe the birthdays of English composer Capel Bond (1730-1790), American composer Ron Nelson (1929-), American pianist Rosalyn Turek (1914-2003), and American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening (1947-).

Capel Bond composed several works for strings which are still played to this day. Dr. Nelson is known as a versatile composer. His works for wind ensemble and band are highly-regarded. Rosalyn Turek was well-known for her interpretations of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. A virtuoso classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening is the Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair of the Guitar Department at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Photos: Rosalyn Turek, Keith Saunders, Fair Use, Wikipedia.org; Christopher Parkening/Christian Steiner; Capel Bond/PD on Wikipedia.org; Ron Nelson on ronnelson.info


Monday, December 13, 2021

You value the knowledgeable hosts who guide you through each day. You care about experiencing this carefully curated collection of some of the best classical music ever recorded. You want to be connected to music that can inspire and astound, music that can relax and refresh. This is your daily experience with The Classical Station.

As the year comes to a close, please support the music you need and relish every day of the year. Donate securely online or via our app. Thank you for your support.

Photo: WCPE Photo Services

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. On the program are works by Joseph Suk, Johannes Brahms, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky in performances led by Mariss Jansons, Sir Colin Davis, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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

The December edition of Renaissance Fare includes music performed by The Tallis Scholars, Anonymous 4, The Sixteen, and Early Music New York.

Join George Douglas at 7 p.m. Eastern this evening.

Photo: Painting of Mary with Child by Joos van Cleve, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org

Today we observe the birthday of The Right Reverend Phillips Brooks (1835-1893). He was a bishop of the Episcopal Church and rector of Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts. However, you and I know him better as the author of the familiar Christmas hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Photo: Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikipedia.org