This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Cellist Inbal Segev opens Preview! this evening with her highly-acclaimed performance of Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau talks about her new release Elle on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her ensemble La Pietà.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Gloriae Dei Cantores, the Greek Byzantine Choir, and the Tallis Scholars. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and Andre Campra.

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

On April 3 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and American pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

A student of Ildebrando Pizzetti, Signor Castelnuovo-Tedesco wrote 100 works for the guitar. A native of New York, Garrick Ohlsson was the first American to win the International Chopin Competition. Listen to Garrick speak about his life and career as a performer in a conversation we recorded in 2020.

Photos: Garrick Ohlsson, Hart Hohlmann; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Unknown Author,

Saturday, April 2, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with Tchaikovsky’s opera about love, rejection, and regret, Eugene Onegin. Soprano Ailyn Pérez stars as Tatiana, the country girl who gives her heart to a glamorous, elusive man. Baritone Igor Golovatenko is Onegin, who considers himself too jaded for love – until it’s too late. And tenor Piotr Beczała is Onegin’s friend, the tragic poet Lensky. The cast also features Varduhi Abrahamyan and Ain Anger. Maestro James Gaffigan conducts Tchaikovksy’s ravishing score.

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

On April 2 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Giacomo Ferrari (1763-1842), German composer Franz Lachner (1803-1890), and Italian composer Teodulo Mabellini (1817-1897).

A noted opera composer in his day, Signor Ferrari spent most of his professional career in England and France. A friend of Franz Schubert, Herr Lachner’s wrote several hundred works in a variety of genres. A colleague of the great Giuseppe Verdi, Signor Mabellini himself wrote nine operas.

Photos: Giacomo Ferrari, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Franz Lachner, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Teodulo Mabellini, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Common

Friday, April 1, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Peter Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m. Eastern

On April 1 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1824) and Russian-born American composer Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

A virtuoso concert pianist and teacher in his day, Signor Busoni is mostly remembered in our time for his transcriptions of various Bach works. Can you imagine Vladimir Horowitz playing Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto? Well, it happened!

Photos: Photograph of Ferruccio Busoni, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Sergei Rachmaninoff, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, March 31, 2022

A teenage Japanese geisha naively marries an American naval officer, which leads to her eventual suicide, on the Thursday Night Opera House. Join host Jay Pierson for Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

On March 31 we observe the birthday of Austrian composer Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809). ClassicFM states it succinctly: “Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. Haydn wrote 107 symphonies in total, as well as 83 string quartets, 45 piano trios, 62 piano sonatas, 14 masses, and 26 operas, amongst countless other scores.”

Photo: Portrait by Ludwig Guttenbrunn, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Postage stamp issued by Hungary in 1959, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The number of composers represented on our playlists every day is quite remarkable. We program over 100 pieces of music every day. Some are short pieces, especially during Rise and Shine and Allegro. Others are long works, such as you hear during Classical Cafe, As You Like It, and Concert Hall. But notice that we don’t play only Beethoven or Brahms or Bach. Neither do we play only Baroque music or Romantic music. They say that variety is the spice of life. And so it is with our programming.

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On March 30 we observe the birthdays of Austrian cantor and composer Salomon Sulzer (1804-1890) and Russian composer Sergei Vasilenko (1872-1956).

Salomon Sulzer is perhaps best known for arranging traditional Hebrew chants with modern harmonies. A Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, Sergei Nikiforovich Vasilenko taught Aram Katchaturian among others.

Photos: Salomon Sulzer, Unknown Author, Public Domain U.S., Wikimedia Commons; Sergei Vasilenko, Author Unknown, Toccata Classics

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

On March 29 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir William Walton (1902-1983) and English organist E. Power Biggs (1906-1977).

Sir William Walton was one of the most important 20th-century British composers.  English-born E. Power Biggs was a prominent concert organist who was very active in the middle of the 20th-century.

Photos: Sir William Walton, Unknown Author, The Walton Trust; E. Power Biggs, GiovanniScuola, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, March 28, 2022

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This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Boston Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by Beethoven, Holst, and Sibelius in performances conducted by Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, and current Music Director Andris Nelsons.

The Classical Station brings you a concert by a great orchestra on Monday Night at the Symphony, every Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM and online at and on our app.


On March 28 we observe the birthday of Dutch conductor Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951), English composer and organist Sir William Harris (1873-1973), Bohemian-born pianist Rudolf Serkin (1903-1991), and American bass Samuel Ramey (1942-).

While Maestro Mengelberg was primarily associated with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, he found time to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1921 to 1930. Sir William Harris was Organist of Saint George’s Chapel, Windsor from 1933-1951. Besides being a famous pianist of his generation, Mr. Serkin was associated with two major American institutions, the Marlboro Festival, and the Curtis Institute. Acclaimed for his roles as Faust in the Gounod and Boito operas, Samuel Ramey is currently Distinguished Professor of Opera at Wichita State University’s School of Music.

Photos: Willem Mengelberg, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Sir William Henry Harris, Unknown Author, Fair Use (The photo is only being used for informational purposes), Wikimedia Commons; Rudolf Serkin, Bilsen, Joop van/Anefo, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, Wikimedia Commons; Samuel Ramey, Christian Steiner