This Week At The Classical Station

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

This week on Preview! François-Xavier Roth leads the ensemble Les Siecles in music of Mussorgsky. Rob Kennedy speaks with members of The Black Oak Ensemble about their CD Silenced Voices. And pianist Martin Helmchen plays Beethoven. 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.

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This week on WAVELengths we’ll hear a 2013 quartet by Steve Reich, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble. We’ll also hear works by John Corigliano and Stephen Goss. See What’s Playing for a detailed playlist.

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

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This week Great Sacred Music celebrates Easter with joyful music sung by The Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York City, the Choir and Congregation of Christ Church, Georgetown, and the Voices of Ascension Chorus. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Sir James MacMillan. What’s Playing has a detailed playlist.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music for your Sunday morning. Right after Sing For Joy. From 8 a.m. until noon Eastern. With Rob Kennedy.

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On April 12 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Josef Lanner (1801-1843), French conductor Jean-François Paillard (1928-2013), and Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018). Herr Lanner wrote dance music for the nobility of his day. Monsieur Paillard will be remembered for his expertise in interpreting Baroque music, and especially for his recording of Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D which catapulted that work to the top of lists of listener favorites everywhere. María de Montserrat Bibiana Concepción Caballé i Folch was one of the great bel canto opera singers of the 20th-century.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

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. The program usually is over-subscribed by 2 p.m. on Saturday, so get your request in as soon as you can.

You may call 919-556-0123 after 7 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.

Today the Metropolitan Opera will rebroadcast the April 30, 2018 performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, starring Anna Netrebko as the volatile opera diva in love with a politically revolutionary painter. She’s joined by Yusif Eyvazov (Cavaradossi) and Michael Volle (Scarpia) in principal roles. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Tosca will be heard on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 11. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, online or on our apps. Tell your smart speaker to “play the Classical Station.”

Scene from the 2018 production of Tosca/Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera

On April 11 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738), Czech conductor Karel Ančerl (1908-1973), and Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983). A composer of music for the stage in his day, Monsieur Mouret is best known to modern audiences for his Fanfare which is used as the theme of the PBS series Masterpiece, formerly known as Masterpiece Theatre. Karel Ančerl was music director of the Toronto Symphony from 1968-1973. Alberto Evaristo Ginastera was one of the most important composers of the 20 century.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

What would you like us to play for you today? It’s All Request Friday. It’s a day 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 today! The program usually is over-subscribed by noon, so get your request in as soon as you can.

You may call 919-556-0123 after 7 a.m. Eastern and tell Phil Davis Campbell what you would like to hear. Then, after 9 a.m., check What’s Playing to see when your request will be played.

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 soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

This evening on WCPE Opera House, Bob Chapman presents Richard Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal. The vessel that was used to serve the wine at Jesus Christ’s Last Supper has been one of the supposed subjects of Holy Grail literature in Christian mythology. The quest for the Holy Grail makes up an important segment of the Arthurian cycle, combining Christian lore with a Celtic myth of a cauldron endowed with special powers. The early Grail romances centered on Percival, who, in the hands of Wagner, evolved into Parsifal. Parsifal was described by Wagner as a Bühnenweihfestspiel (stage consecration festival play).

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

Don’t forget that we have more opera for you on Saturday. The Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcasts continue with recorded performances of the scheduled opera. This week the Met is presenting a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, starring Anna Netrebko as the volatile opera diva in love with a politically revolutionary painter. She’s joined by Yusif Eyvazov (Cavaradossi) and Michael Volle (Scarpia) in principal roles. Bertrand de Billy conducts. Curtain time: 1 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Scene from the 2016 Metropolitan Opera production of Parsifal/Ken Howard

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.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

We observe the beginning of Passover with a special program of music at 6 p.m. Eastern. Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble have teamed up to tell and sing the Passover story, providing a seamless, thoroughly entertaining recording which illuminates the Passover themes.

“The music is an eclectic compilation of songs and compositions from many sources reflecting the tremendous diversity of Jewish cultures. Selections include Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder, including the ‘adopted’ song of slavery, the Negro spiritual ‘Go Down Moses’ – all sung with the superb musicianship and zest that are hallmarks of Western Wind performances.” —Miami Jewish Journal

Happy Pesach!

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.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Have you discovered our Conversations With Composers? It’s fascinating listening to composers like Dan Locklair 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 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.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program is music of Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, and Béla Bártok in performances led by Zubin Mehta, André Previn, and current artistic director, Gustavo Dudamel.

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: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

English choral conductor Dr. Philip Cave is our guest on the April edition of My Life In Music. A founding member of The Tallis Scholars, Dr. Cave established the choral ensemble Magnificat in 1991. He is currently Associate Conductor of Chapel Music at Duke University. Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

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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.

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