This Week At The Classical Station

Photo of Main Fork, Custer-Gallatin National Forest, Roberts, Montana by Dale Marie Muller

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, February 20, 2022

This evening WaveLengths features Adolphus Hailstork’s String Quartet No. 3, and Hale Smith’s Epicedial Variations for violin and piano. Then at 10 p.m. on Peaceful Reflections, soprano Anna Netrebko sings Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs.

Join Ed Amend every Sunday evening at 9 p.m. Eastern for WaveLengths and Peaceful Reflections.

Photo of Dr. Adolphus Hailstork by Rose Grace

This week’s edition of Preview! features a Berceuse by Gabriel Fauré, the Sonata in B minor by Franz Liszt, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. Rob Kennedy speaks with conductor Garrett Keast about the Berlin Academy of American Music’s new CD Transatlantic.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 6 p.m. Eastern this evening for Preview!, bringing you the latest classical releases and local arts news.

The February edition of Renaissance Fare highlights “A French Toast to Love,” a tribute to Valentine’s Day. We’ll hear love songs and romantic dances that were popular more than 400 years ago including music from the King’s Noyse, John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, the New York Renaissance Band, and much more.

Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas at 5 p.m. Eastern this afternoon for a Valentine’s Day edition of Renaissance Fare.

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 Siegen Philharmonic Choir, the Oslo Cathedral Choir, and the Orlando Consort. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Luigi da Palestrina, and Charles Gounod. Rabbi Darren Levine of Tamid New York City offers a commentary.

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

On February 20 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Carl Czerny (1791-1857), Belgian composer Charles de Bériot (1802-1870), Scottish soprano Mary Garden (1874-1967), German-born conductor Christoph Eschenbach (1940-), English conductor Barry Wordsworth (1948-), and Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly (1953-).

Besides being a composer of keyboard and chamber music, Herr Czerny was a very successful teacher. Charles Auguste de Bériot was a violinist who taught at the Brussels Conservatory. Besides being a popular opera singer in the early part of the 20th-century, Ms. Garden was in later life a talent scout for MGM. Maestro Eschenbach was chief conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among the many orchestras with which he has been associated. After studying at the Royal College of Music with Vernon Handley, Barry Wordsworth was music director of the Royal Ballet. After making his conducting debut at La Scala, Maestro Chailly went on to earn a reputation as one of the world’s great opera conductors.

Photos: Lithograph of Carl Czerny by Joseph Kriehuber, Public Domain on Commons.wikimedia.org; Photo of Charles de Bériot in Bibliothèque nationale de France, Unknown Author, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Photo of Mary Garden in Library of Congress by Mishkin, Public Domain on commons.wikimedia.org; Photo of Christoph Eschenbach by Vlastní fotka, Public Domain on commons.wikimedia.org; Photo of Barry Wordsworth, Unknown Author on ImgArtists;  Photo of Riccardo Chailly by Gert Mothes on Decca Records.


Saturday, February 19, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues today with Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky’s drama of a ruler undone by the consequences of his own ambition. The broadcast stars bass René Pape in the title role of the tormented tsar. It’s a highlight from last fall when the Met presented the opera in Mussorgky’s original version and orchestration – in one act – for the first time. Sebastian Weigle led the Met Orchestra and Chorus, and a cast also featuring David Butt Philip, Maxim Paster, Aleksey Bogdanov, Ain Anger, and Ryan Speedo Green.

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

On February 19 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) and American violinist Gil Shaham (1971-).

A prolific composer, Signor Boccherini composed over five hundred pieces in a variety of forms. Gil Shaham is one of the most distinguished violinists performing today.

Photo: Engraving of Luigi Boccherini by Étienne Mazas, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Photo of Gil Shaham by Luke Ratray courtesy of Opus 3 Artists


Friday, February 18, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Saturday, February 19, 1 p.m. Eastern

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 beautiful music you love on 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 for at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will receive a one-year subscription to our quarterly member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1974 Ford Pinto, Pat M., Public Domain on Wikipedia.org


Thursday, February 17, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features the “grandmomma of all spaghetti Westerns,” Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West). Our performance comes from the archives of the longtime host of Opera House,  the late Al Ruocchio (1937-2007).  Premiered at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera on December 10, 1910, with Arturo Toscanini wielding the baton, its cast was headed by Enrico Caruso, Emmy Destinn, and Pasquale Amato.

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

On February 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), French composer Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), English composer Sir Edward German (1862-1936), American composer Lee Hoiby (1926-2011), Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins (1944-), and Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma (1934-2019).

Bach and Handel both knew of Corelli’s music. Modern listeners still enjoy his concerti grossi, especially the Christmas Concerto which has been used in several films. A virtuoso violinist until he was paralyzed by a stroke, Monsieur Vieuxtemps played a very special violin, the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesù. This same violin is currently played by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Sir Edward German was a prolific composer who is best remembered these days for his incidental music for plays. Madison, Wisconsin native Lee Hoiby was influenced as a composer by Giancarlo Menotti. Sir Karl Jenkins has been a very successful composer of music for commercials and film scores. Principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for several years, Anner Bylsma was a leading exponent of what is called the Dutch Baroque school.

Photos: Portrait of Arcangelo Corelli, Unknown Author, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Henri Vieuxtemps, Lithograph by Josef Kriehuber, 1842, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Scan of out-of-copyright postcard of Edward German (1862-1936), Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Photo of Lee Hoiby, Unknown Author, Estate of Lee Hoiby; Photo of Sir Karl Jenkins, Unknown Author;  Photo of Anner Bylsma, Unknown Author on Alchetron.


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Celebrate the special classical music lover in your life with a daily, weekly, or monthly announcement here on The Classical Station. With a Sustaining Membership of $100 per month, you can have a weekly on-air dedication. To find out more about day dedications and patron announcements on The Classical Station or to renew your announcement, contact our Membership Department at 800-556-5178.

On February 16 we observe the birthdays of English composer Charles Avison (1709-1770), Israeli conductor Eliahu Inbal (1936-), and American composer John Corigliano (1938-).

Charles Avison was a writer and music critic in addition to being a composer. He is best known to 21st-century audiences for his 12 Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti. Maestro Inbal has been the conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and a couple of Grammy Awards, John Corigliano has written over one hundred compositions.

Photos: Charles Avison, Unknown Author, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Eliahu Inbal, Oldsoft, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; John Corigliano by Enid Bloch


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Classical Station’s Education Fund includes an Instrument Donation program. We are collecting these instruments to make them available to students in music education programs and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina. We will accept gently used instruments in working condition. We have identified a need for the following instruments:

Trumpets, flutes, clarinets, French horns, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, saxophones, and other classical instruments for band or orchestra. Over the last ten years, the Education Fund has awarded more than $90,000 in grants to numerous music education nonprofits in North Carolina. In addition to grants that support music lessons, concerts, and scholarships, we hope that the Instrument Donation program will help even more students to realize their dreams of studying music. You can help to make their dreams come true, and receive a tax receipt.

For more information about the Education Fund, or to inquire about donating your instrument, please the Membership Department at 919-556-5178 or by email to membership@theclassicalstation.org.

Photo: Valve Trumpet, David C. Hall, Public Domain on Commons.Wikimedia.org

On February 15 we observe the birthdays of German composer Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and French composer Jean Langlais (1907-1991).

His real name was Michael Schultze, Praetorius being the Latinized version of the German surname. A prolific composer, Herr Praetorius wrote thousands of works for instruments and voices. Blind since the age of two, Monsieur Langlais studied with Marcel Dupré, Paul Dukas, and Charles Tournemire. He was one of the 20th-century’s great organ recitalists.

Photos: Michael Praetorius, Unknown Author in Die großen Deutschen im Bilde, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Jean Langlais, Unknown Author on JeanLanglais.com

 


Monday, February 14, 2022

A very Happy Valentine’s Day to you! And a heartfelt Thank You to all of you who asked us to play your requests. We know you love classical music. Most of all, we know you love the Great Classical Music we play for you 24/7 here on The Classical Station. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love from all of us here at The Classical Station.

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program is music by Pytor Tchaikovsky, Édouard Lalo, and Igor Stravinsky in performances led by Daniele Gatti, Jesús López Cobos, and Yuri Temirkanov.

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

 

The February edition of Renaissance Fare highlights “A French Toast to Love,” a tribute to Valentine’s Day. We’ll hear love songs and romantic dances that were popular more than 400 years ago including music from the King’s Noyse, John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, the New York Renaissance Band, and much more.

Get out your tabrets and join George Douglas at 7 p.m. Eastern this evening for a Valentine’s Day edition of Renaissance Fare.

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

On February 14 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), Swiss conductor Michel Corboz (1934-1921), and American soprano Renée Fleming (1959-).

Signor Cavalli’s real name was Pietro Francesco Caletti-Bruni. He wrote over forty operas, as well as some splendid polychoral sacred music. Maître Corboz founded the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne. A Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Fleming studied with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf among other notable teachers. She has graced the stages of most of the world’s great opera houses.

Photos: Engraving of Francesco Cavalli in Enciclopedia italiana di scienze, lettere ed arti, éd. Istituto Giovanni Trecani, Unknown Author, Public Domain on Wikipedia.org; Michael Corboz, Eigenes Werk, CC by SA 3.0 on Wikipedia.org; Ms. Fleming/Andrew Eccles