This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Excitement is building for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. This week on Preview! we have new Beethoven releases from Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis and from English pianist Stephen Hough. Rob Kennedy speaks with Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, about his choir’s new CD, Arvo Part: Stabat. And violinist Daniel Hope plays Ravel.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern. With Jeffrey David Smith.


This week on Wavelengths we’ll hear music for violin and orchestra by acclaimed American composer Pierre Jalbert, born in 1967. We’ll also hear works by Osvaldo Golijov and Stephen Michael Gryc.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music every Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern. With Ed Amend.

Photo: Pierre Jalbert/Rice University

This week Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Utah State University Chamber Singers, the Nordic Choir of Luther College, and the La Scala Theatre Chorus. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, André Caplet, and Gioachino Rossini. See Daily Playlists for a detailed program listing.

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

Photo: Stained glass in Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain on

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s spectacular tale of legendary China, Turandot, in a performance from the Met archives starring Nina Stemme. The Swedish soprano took on the formidable title role of the fiercely proud Princess who tempts her suitors to their deaths. Tenor Marco Berti sang Calàf, the ardent prince determined to win Turandot’s hand. Soprano Anita Hartig was the courageous slave girl Liù, and bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk was Calàf’s exiled father, Timur. Paolo Carignani conducted Puccini’s final opera, a showcase of thrilling choruses, ensembles, and magnificent arias, in a performance originally broadcast live on January 30, 2016.Turandot will be heard on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming online and on our apps everywhere. No foundation or corporation pays for these broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera here on The Classical Station. Our listeners make all of our great classical music programming possible with their generous support.

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

What would you like to hear us play this evening on the Saturday Evening Request Program? A short work? A complete symphony? An aria from your favorite opera? Some organ music? We can do that and much more. All you have to do is submit your request by calling 919-556-0123 before 2 p.m. or better yet, by clicking on Listen at the top of this page. Then click on Request Programs. We publish the playlist shortly before 6 p.m. so that you can see when your request will be played .



Friday, April 24, 2020

What would you like us to play for you today? It’s All Request Friday. It’s a day filled with music you have chosen. Click Listen then Request Programs 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 24 we observe the birthday of Australian guitarist John Williams (1941-). Winner of a Grammy Award with another prominent guitarist, Julian Bream, John Williams is widely considered to be one of the finest guitar players of his generation.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

This evening Opera House presents one of the twentieth century’s most powerful, important and emotionally challenging operas, Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites). Based on a play by Georges Bernanos, it was premiered in 1957 at La Scala in Milan.

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 Giacomo Puccini’s final, unfinished opera, Turandot. Nina Stemme portrays the icy Chinese princess and Marco Berti is Calaf, the unknown prince who risks his life for her love. Anita Hartig is Liù, who commits suicide rather than reveal Calaf’s identity, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk is the elderly Timur. Paolo Carignanii conducts. Curtain time: 1 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Scene from Dialogues des Carmélites/Beatriz Schiller

On April 23 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919). Although he composed 10 operas and 9 operettas, Signor Leoncavallo is best known to modern audiences for his opera Pagliacci.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Have you heard the latest edition of Cadenza? In it, Nan Pincus reports on the last performance of the Orchestrette Classique. Rob Kennedy speaks with JoAnn Falletta. Dr. Haydn Jones profiles composer Clara Schumann. Nick Robinson shines his flashlight on ancient music in a tour of his Gallery of Sounds. Cellist Ofra Harnoy talks about her multi-track recording Back To BachCadenza is also available on our apps and on your favorite podcast platform.

On April 22 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709), English composer Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), English contralto Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953), American-born violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste (1956-). Although an accomplished violist and violinist, Signor Torelli is probably best remembered for his virtuoso trumpet concerti. A member of the women’s suffrage movement, Dame Ethel Smyth composed in a variety of genres. With an extensive repertoire from folk songs to opera, Kathleen Ferrier was one of the great singers of the 20th-century. Yehudi Menuhin was wide considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th-century. Maestro Saraste has served as the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic, among others.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Have you discovered our Conversations With Conductors? In these conversations with Rob Kennedy, distinguished musicians such as JoAnn Falletta, Karina Canellakis, Sir Stephen Cleobury, Nicholas McGegan, and many more, talk about their early years and education, their art, and much more. 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 21 we observe the birthdays of American composer Randall Thompson (1899-1984) and Australian violinist Stanley Ritchie (1935-). Alleluia and Randall Thompson became associated back in 1940. Stanely Ritchie is currently Distinguished Professor of Music (Violin, Early Music) at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Monday, April 20, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the Vienna Philharmonic. On the program is music by Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert and Modest Mussorgsky, in performances led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Carlos Kleiber and 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: Vienna Philharmonic/Jeanette Handler

On April 20 we observe the birthday of English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner (1943-). Sir John is highly-regarded for his interpretation and performances of Baroque music. His Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists recorded all of the extant Bach cantatas, among other projects.