This Week At The Classical Station

Sunday, January 26, 2020

This week on Preview! pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout plays music of Beethoven. Dan McHugh speaks with Suzanne Rousso, Artistic Director of the Mallarme Chamber Players, about the upcoming NC HIP Festival, for Historically Informed Performance. Trumpeter Paul Merkelo plays Hummel, and Martyn Brabbins leads the BBC Symphony in music of Vaughan Williams. See What’s Playing for a detailed playlist.

Preview! – the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to play WCPE.

Photo: NC HIP Festival

Tomorrow is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. So this evening on Wavelengths we shall pay tribute to two composers who died at the hands of the Nazis: Czech pianist and composer Gideon Klein, and Austrian composer Marcel Tyberg. See What’s Playing for a detailed playlist.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This week Great Sacred Music will include choral music sung by the Norwegian ensemble, Trio Mediaeval, the Kansas City Chorale and the Holland Boys Choir. Also on the playlist is Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata 156, René Clausen’s Mass for Double Choir and Don Lorenzo Perosi’s La Passione di Cristo secondo S. Marco.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music for your Sunday morning. Right after Sing For Joy. 8 until 11 eastern. With Rob Kennedy. See What’s Playing for a detailed playlist.

Photo: Window in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Bracknell, England

On January 26 we observe the birthday of English cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987). Ms. du Pré was a brilliant cellist who had a career of barely ten years before it was cut short by multiple sclerosis. She was just forty-two years old when she died.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made an extraordinary impact on the world of Classical music in his all-too-brief life, as his body of operas, symphonies, piano concertos, and sacred music still attest. We are privileged tp bring you our annual tribute to the great composer with our Mozart Madness today through Monday. Hear pianist Lars Vogt and others on our three-day celebration of all things Mozart, culminating in an All-Mozart edition of Monday Night at the Symphony on the anniversary of his birth.

What would you like us to play for you this evening? The Saturday Evening Request Program is our ever popular weekly request program. It’s six hours of music you have chosen. Click Music Request and let us know what you want us to play. Short works? Yes. Long works? Yes. You are the Music Director for Saturday evening.

If you prefer, call 919-556-0123 anytime after 6 a.m. Eastern and tell the announcer what you would like to hear. Then, after 6 p.m., check What’s Playing to see when your request will be played.

On January 25 we observe the birthdays of Belgian composer Jan Blockx (1851-1912) and German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954). A composer of several operas, Jan Blockx was director of the Antwerp Conservatory from 1886-1912. You can hear his Flemish Dances at 9:18 this morning. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 20th-century, Gustav Heinrich Ernst Martin Wilhelm Furtwängler’s life and career took many twists and turns. Listen to a 1951 recording of him conducting Haydn at 10:22 and a Beethoven record from 1950 at 17:52.


Friday, January 24, 2020

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. Ailyn Pérez and Matthew Polenzani are Mimì and Rodolfo respectively in this touching tragedy of love and loss. Heard in other principal roles are Olga Kulchynska (Musetta), David Bizic (Marcello), Andrey Zhilikhovsky (Schaunard), and Jongmin Park (Colline). Marco Armiliato conducts.

La Bohème will be heard on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, January 25. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, online or apps.

Photo: Evan Zimmerman/Met Opera

Once again it’s All Request Friday here at The Classical Station! Will a piece of music you want to hear be on our playlists today? It will if you call 919-556-0123 or click on Music Request in the upper right hand corner of this page. We will play listener requests from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Eastern every Friday. What’s Playing has the details of your requests.

Photo: WCPE

On January 24 we observe the birthdays of Prussian composer and King Frederick the Great (1712-1786), Prussian composer E.T.A. Hoffman (1776-1822), and American composer Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008). The Spectator has a fascinating article about the life and accomplishments of King Frederick. While Herr Hoffman left us several stage and instrumental works, it is as a writer of fantasy and horror that he is remembered today. Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winner Norman Dello Joio studied with Pietro Yon, who was his godfather and organist of New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

This week Opera House presents Cendrillon by Jules Massenet. Massenet’s French version of the Cinderella story, Cendrillon, uses Henri Cain’s libretto which is derived fairly straightforwardly from Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale about a virtual orphan who eventually marries a charming prince despite opposition from her wicked stepmother and passive father. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on May 24, 1899.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Listen to Opera House on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online.

Photo: Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella in a 2017 production/Ken Howard, Met Opera

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On January 23 we observe the birthday of Italian-born English composer Muzio Clementi (1752-1836). Besides being a composer, Muzio Filippo Vincenzo Francesco Saverio Clementi was a teacher, publisher, piano maker, and an influence on many composers including John Field, Carl Czerny and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Photo: Thomas Hardy (1757-1804) in

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Photos: Myung-Whun Chung/Jean François Leclercq; Others/

On January 22 we observe the birthdays of French composers Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) and Henri Duttileux (1916-2013), and South Korean pianist and conductor Myung-whun Chung (1953-). A student of César Franck, Monsieur Tournemire was noted for his liturgical improvisations as well as his composition L’Orgue Mystique, a work which comprises 51 sets of pieces for the liturgical year. Besides being a composer, Monsieur Duttileux was Head of Music Production for Radio France for many years. A student of Olivier Messiaen, Myung-whun Chung is Principal Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos: Myung-Whun Chung/Jean François Leclercq; Others/

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Join Nick Robinson during As You Like It for a special ticket giveaway! This week we’ll be offering a pair of tickets to Burning Coal Theatre’s production of Talley’s Folly, running January 23rd through February 9th in downtown Raleigh. This Pulitzer prize-winning play is a poignant comedy set in Missouri, 1944, about unexpected love. Listen between 2 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22nd, for a chance to win tickets to this event.

On January 21 we observe the birthdays of English composer Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856) and Italian violinist and conductor Uto Ughi (1944-). Mr. Walmisley was organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was also a professor of music. Signor Ughi is considered one of Italy’s greatest violinists. He was also Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia between 1987–1992.


Monday, January 20, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the Cleveland Orchestra. On the program are American-themed works by Antonín Dvořák and Samuel Barber as we observe the Martin Luther King holiday, in performances led by George Szell and Christoph von Dohnayi. And Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts the music of Richard Wagner. See What’s Playing for details.

You can enjoy the concert beginning at 8 p.m. on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online and on our apps.

Photo: Roger Mastroianni

On January 20 we observe the birthdays of French composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), French conductor Antonio de Almeida (1928-1997) and American composer Walter Piston (1894-1976). Amé:dée-Ernest Chausson studied with Jules Massenet and César Franck at the Paris Conservatoire. Antonio de Almeida initially set out to study nuclear chemistry at M.I.T. but his godfather Artur Rubenstein persuaded him to take up music. A student of Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas, Walter Piston taught at Harvard University from 1944-1960.