This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, January 16, 2022

This evening WaveLengths brings you music by Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith. Then at 10 p.m. Eastern, Peaceful Reflections brings your Sunday to a peaceful close with music by Franz Schubert and Alessandro Scarlatti.  You will find Sunday’s playlist under the Listen tab.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 9 p.m. Eastern. Ed Amend hosts.

This evening Preview! features performances by New York Polyphony, violinist Hilary Hahn, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rob Kennedy speaks with Andrew Yee, cellist of the Attacca Quartet about their 2021 recording Of All Joys.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern, on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, online,  and on our app. Ed Amend hosts.

The January edition of Renaissance Fare highlights celebration music from English Dance Master, John Playford performed by the New York Renaissance Band. We’ll also hear from the Folger Consort, the Canadian Brass, and the Cambridge Singers. Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas at 5 p.m. Eastern this afternoon for the first Renaissance Fare of 2022.

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 St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, Libera, and the Schutz Choir of London. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

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

On January 16 we observe the birthday of American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (1934-).

Ms. Horne has enjoyed a brilliant singing career spanning over four decades. Now she imparts her experience and knowledge to younger artists as a kind teacher and mentor. “To be a great singer of classical music is the hardest thing in the world,” she says. “After all this time, I still go for a great voice, my dear, for anyone who can really sing. The details you have to be on top of are just endless. But first of all, you have to be born with a great voice. You can’t go out and buy it. You can’t manufacture it. You have to have that seed. And then you build on that.”

Photo: Marty Umans

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts continue with Le Nozze di Figaro – The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart’s evergreen comedy about a madcap day of intrigue within an aristocratic household. It stars Ryan McKinny and Lucy Crowe as the wily servants Figaro and Susanna, who must contend with the troubled marriage of their lord and lady if they want to get married themselves. Golda Schultz and Adam Plachetka are the unhappy Countess and Count Almaviva, and Isabel Leonard is the amorous pageboy Cherubino. Maestro Daniele Rustioni conducts Mozart’s brilliant and profound score.

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

On January 15 we observe the birthdays of American pianist Malcolm Frager (1935-1991) and Israeli-born American pianist Joseph Kalichstein (1946-). A musician who was interested in finding manuscripts by older composers as well as performing, Malcolm Frager maintained a very full concert schedule until his untimely death at the age of 56. Joseph Kalichstein is a member of the faculty of The Julliard School. He performs regularly internationally. Happy 75th birthday!

Photos: Malcolm Frager, Author Unknown; Joseph Kalichstein by Fred Collins

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Saturday, January 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern

On January 14 we observe the birthdays of early music specialist Nicholas McGegan (1950-), Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (1943-2019), English violinist Andrew Manze (1965-), and Canadian tenor Ben Heppner (1956-).

A highly-regarded early music specialist, Nicholas McGegan has over 100 recordings to his credit. You can listen to an interview with him on our Conversations With Conductors page. A protégé of Herbert von Karajan, Mariss Jansons conducted most of the world’s top orchestras. A Baroque violin virtuoso, Andrew Manze also enjoys a fine reputation as a conductor. Now retired from his singing career, Ben Heppner has embarked on a new role as a broadcaster with the CBC.

Today is also the birthday of Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, the Austrian musicologist who cataloged Mozart’s compositions.

Photos: Nicholas McGegan by Steve Sherman; Mariss Jansons on Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Manze by Chris Christodoulou; Ben Heppner in The Canadian Encyclopedia

Thursday, January 13, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features the role that put American soprano Beverly Sills on the international musical map, Pamira in Gioachino Rossini’s L’Assedio di Corinto (The Siege of Corinth). Originally known by its French title as Le siège de Corinthe, the opera was first performed on October 9, 1826 at the Paris Opéra. The Italian version, which we’ll hear tonight, premiered in Parma on January 26, 1828. The opera commemorates the siege and ultimate destruction of the town of Missolonghi in 1826 by Turkish troops during the Greek War of Independence but now takes place during the Turks’ 1470 conquest of the Venetian colony of Negroponte. The French version was a partial rewrite of Rossini’s Maometto II (1820).

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

On January 13 we observe the birthdays of German composer Christoph Graupner (1683-1760), Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901), and English composer Richard Addinsell (1904-1977).

Herr Graupner lived at the same time as Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, and George Frideric Handel. Graupner had to turn down the post of Cantor at Leipzig. The runner-up, a musician by the name of Johann Sebastian Bach, got the position instead. Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov managed to compose approximately 40 works including 2 symphonies before he died at age 35 of tuberculosis. Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, written for the film Dangerous Moonlight (1941), has been recorded over one hundred times and has sold over a million copies.

Photos: No image of Christoph Graupner available. Portrait of Graupner’s patron, Ernest Louis, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Public Domain on; Photo of Vasily Kalinnikov, Public Domain on; Photo of Richard Addinsell from the estate of Kenneth Hughes in the National Portrait Gallery, London

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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On January 12 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948) and American composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987).

Although he wrote 13 operas, Signor Wolf-Ferrari is probably best known for the opera Il Gioiello della Madonna. Like his contemporary John Cage, Morton Feldman wrote indeterminate music.
Photos: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Public Domain, on; Morton Feldman, Rob Bogaerts,CC0 on

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

We’ve added a couple of Conversations to our growing collection of interviews with composers, conductors, and instrumentalists. Listen to Richard Danielpour talk about his life and work as a composer. Or baritone Sherrill Milnes chatting about his career as one of the world’s great opera stars.  You can find these and all our other interviews on Conversations.

On January 11 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Reinhold Glière (1875-1956), and French composer Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986).

Born in Kiev, Reinhold Moritzevich Glière was a student of Sergei TaneyevMikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, and Anton Arensky. Besides composing he taught at the Moscow Gnesin School of Music and the Moscow Conservatory. Trained as an organist, Maurice Duruflé was Louis Vierne’s assistant at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He also held the post of organist at St-Étienne-du-Mont, and taught harmony at the Conservatoire. Duruflé was highly critical of his compositions and consequently allowed very few to be published.

Photos: Reinhold Glière, Unknown author, Public Domain,; Maurice Duruflé, Unknown author, CC BY 2.5,

Monday, January 10, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the French National Orchestra. On the program is music by Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy, and  Camille Saint-Saens in performances led by Leonard Bernstein, Emmanuel Krivine, and Jean Martinon.

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

The January edition of Renaissance Fare highlights celebration music from English Dance Master, John Playford performed by the New York Renaissance Band. We’ll also hear from the Folger Consort, the Canadian Brass, and the Cambridge Singers. Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas at 7 p.m. Eastern this evening for the first Renaissance Fare of 2022.

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

On January 10 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Tor Aulin (1866-1914), French conductor Jean Martinon (1910-1976), American baritone Sherrill Milnes (1935-), American bass-baritone James Morris (1947-), Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky (1948-), and American violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg (1961-).

Although he was a violinist, Tor Aulin was also conductor of the Stockholm and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras. 20th-century conductor, Monsieur Martinon conducted many of the world’s great orchestras and was associated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1963-1968. Considered one of the great Verdi baritones, Sherrill Milnes has appeared with most of the world’s opera companies. He also has recorded extensively with more than 135 recordings to his credit. You can listen to our conversation with Sherrill Milnes on our Conversations With Singers page. Baltimore native James Morris is perhaps best remembered for his role as Wotan in Die Walkure. A student of the great cellists Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, Mischa Maisky has over 50 recordings to his credit. After studying at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras.

Photos: Tor Aulin, Public Domain on; Jean Martinon, Author Unknown; Sherrill Milnes by Dario Acosta; Mischa Maisky by Yeugene on, CC SA-3.0; Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg/WWNO