This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Emmanuel Ax and YoYo Ma open Preview! this week with a performance of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 5 in D. Conductor Alexander Shelley talks about his new recording Lyrical Echoes.

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.

 

Acclaimed violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky, is our guest on the April edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, presenting two concerts in April: La Toya Lain on Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. and flutist Mimi Stillman on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, see their website.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music for Palm Sunday sung by Coro Cervantes, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, and Escolania de Montserrat. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexander Glazunov, and Rene Clausen.

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 10 we observe the birthday of Soviet-born Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman (1958-). Winner of a Grammy Award in 1997 for his recording of the Bartók piano concertos, Bronfman has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras.

Photo: Dario Acosta


Saturday, April 9, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with Le Nozze di Figaro – The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s brilliant and timeless comedy. It stars bass-baritone Christian van Horn as Figaro, the man with the plan, opposite soprano Ying Fang as his equally resourceful fiancée, Susanna. Bass-baritone Gerald Finley is Count Almaviva, who believes he’s entitled to everything – and everyone – on his estate. Soprano Federica Lombardi is his wife, the long-suffering Countess. And mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is the irrepressible pageboy, Cherubino. Maestro James Gaffigan leads the Met Orchestra and Chorus in Mozart’s sublime score.

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

On April 9 we observe the birthdays of American composer Florence Price (1887-1953), Hungarian-born American conductor Antal Doráti (1906-1988), Swiss conductor Armin Jordan (1932-2006), and Polish conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk (1936-).

Mentored by George Whitfield Chadwick at the New England Conservatory, Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony in 1933. Maestro Doráti was music director of several American orchestras including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1945-48), Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1949-60), the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C. (1970-77), and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1977-81). Maestro Jordan championed the music of French composer throughout his career. A composer as well as a conductor, Maestro Maksymiuk is highly regarded for his work with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos: Florence Price, Unknown Author, University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections; Antal Doráti, Galera from State Library of New South Wales collection, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Armin Jordan, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Res Musica; Jerzy Maksymiuk, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Alchetron


Friday, April 8, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. Eastern

On April 8 we observe the birthdays of Italian composers Claudio Merulo (1533-1604) and Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) as well as English conductor Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983).

Besides composing music for keyboards, Signor Merulo was one of the organists of Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, Venice. A prolific composer of violin concerti and teacher of the violin, Signor Tartini is best known to modern audiences for his Devil’s Trill Sonata. Sir Adrian Boult was one of the great conductors of the 20th-century. He was highly regarded for his work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos: Claudio Merulo, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Giuseppe Tartini, Unknown Author, Public Domain-Art, Wikimedia Commons;  Cropped EMI publicity photograph, photographer Godfrey MacDomnic, circa 1970, of Adrian Boult, Fair use, Wikimedia Commons


Thursday, April 7, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Jerome Kern’s Broadway musical, Showboat. With a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, it’s based on Edna Ferber’s best-selling novel of the same name. Show Boat premiered at the Ziegfeld Theater on November 15, 1927 in New York City. The show generated controversy for the subject matter of interracial marriage, the historical portrayal of blacks working as laborers and servants in the 19th-century South, and the use of the “n” word in the lyrics. The recording used in this week’s program reconstructs the show as it ran on opening night, including every song, the original orchestrations, and all underscored dialogue.

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

On April 7 we observe the birthdays of French pianist Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes (1970-). A highly-regarded pianist of the 20th-century, Monsieur Casadesus was a member of a prominent French music family. More about him at A pianist and chamber musician, Leif Ove Andsnes has recorded extensively with over 50 CDs currently available. You can hear him play Josef Haydn’s Piano Sonata No. 49 in C sharp minor at 9 a.m. Eastern.

Photo: Robert Casadesus, Unknown Author, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, Wikimedia Commons; Leif Ove Ansnes, Özgür Albayrak

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Have you discovered our Conversations With Composers? It’s fascinating listening to composers like Sara Kirkland Snider, Christopher Tin, and Jennifer Higdon talking about their craft. These musicians love what they do and are most eager to share their art with everybody. Let your family and friends know about these conversations which they can listen to or download anytime. You can also enjoy these conversations on our apps and on your favorite podcast platform.

On April 6 we observe the birthdays of German-American conductor André Previn (1929-2019) and French pianist Pascal Rogé (1951-). A most versatile musician, André Previn earned 4 Academy Awards and 10 Grammy Awards during his lifetime. After attending the Paris Conservatoire, Monsieur Rogé has specialized in performing music written by French composers.

Photos:  André Previn by Harald Hoffmann/DG; Pascal Rogé, Unknown Author on Pascalroge.net

 


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

On April 5 we observe the birthdays of German composer Louis Spohr (1784-1859) and Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989).

Louis Spohr, also known as Ludvig Spohr, was an inventive composer who came up with the ‘chin-rest’ for the violin, was one of the first conductors to use a baton and mark his scores with ‘rehearsal letters’ so he could guide his musicians. Principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, Maestro von Karajan was one of the greatest 20th-century conductors. He recorded prolifically. Over 700 of his recordings are still available. You can hear him conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C, Op. 56, at 9 a.m. Eastern.  See our Compact Playlists and Daily Playlist for details of today’s programming.

Photos: Herbert von Karajan, Edith Posse, Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-S47421/CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons; Louis Spohr, self-portrait, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Monday, April 4, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the London Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra. On the program is music by Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Josef Haydn in performances conducted by Sir Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, and Vladimir Jurowski. 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 and on our app.

Acclaimed violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky, is our guest on the April edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, presenting two concerts in April: La Toya Lain on Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. and flutist Mimi Stillman on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, see their website.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On April 4 we observe the birthdays of French conductor Pierre Monteux (1875-1964) and Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski (1972-).

During his lifetime Monsieur Monteux was the conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, the San Francisco Symphony, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Among his other positions, Maestro Jurowski was Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 2001-2013.

Photos: Pierre Monteux, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Vladimir Jurowski, Roman Gontcharov