This Week At The Classical Station

Sunday, January 12, 2020

This week on Preview! pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho plays music of Beethoven. Rob Kennedy speaks with Laura Sam, Artistic Director of Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill, about their upcoming concert. Violinist Alina Ibragimova plays music of Vierne, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra plays Mendelssohn. 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: Laura Sam/Bonnie Burton

This week on Wavelengths we’ll hear music of Anna Clyne. Born in London, now based in the U.S., she has served as composer in residence for the Chicago and Baltimore symphony orchestras. Her work, Prince of Clouds, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. Also on the program is music by American composers Elena Ruehr and Cliff Eidelman. 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: Anna Clyne/Jennifer Taylor


This week Great Sacred Music will include choral music sung by the Choirs of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, Colorado, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and the Harvard University Choir. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph-Guy Ropartz, and Franz Liszt. See What’s Playing for a detailed playlist.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music for your Sunday morning. Right after Sing For Joy. 8 until 11 eastern. With Rob Kennedy.

Photo: David’s Charge to Solomon by Burne Jones and Morris in Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts

On January 12 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948) and American composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987). Although he wrote 13 operas, Signor Wolf-Ferrari is probably best known for the opera Il Gioiello della Madonna. Like his contemporary John Cage, Morton Feldman wrote indeterminate music.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

We’re in the inspiration business. At least that’s how all of us here at The Classical Station feel about classical music. Of course, you know very well that classical music not only inspires and uplifts us, but it also soothes and calms us when the going gets rough. Classical music is so many things. That’s why we want to urge you to listen to some of today’s top musicians talk about their art and their love of music – all kinds of music.

We now have over twenty-five conversations with professional musicians available for you to enjoy. Listen to Jennifer Higdon, Sharon Isbin, Joyce DiDonato, Sir Stephen Cleobury, Yolanda Kondonassis, JoAnn Falletta, and many more, talk about how they got their start, the influences and mentors that shaped their careers, their recordings and much more. You can find those conversations here on our website and on our apps.

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.

On January 11 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Reinhold Glière (1875-1956), and French composer Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986). Born in Kiev, Reinhold Moritzevich Glière was a student of Sergei Taneyev, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, and Anton Arensky. Besides composing he taught at the Moscow Gnesin School of Music and the Moscow Conservatory. Trained as an organist, Maurice Duruflé was Louis Vierne’s assistant at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He also held the post of organist at St-Étienne-du-Mont, and taught harmony at the Conservatoire. Duruflé was highly critical of his compositions and consequently allowed very few to be published.


Friday, January 10, 2020

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Alban Berg’s gripping masterpiece Wozzeck, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director. Baritone Peter Mattei makes a role debut this season as the title character, a lowly soldier who falls apart under systematic abuse and humiliation. Soprano Elza van den Heever also adds a new role to her repertoire as Marie, Wozzeck’s unfaithful lover. The cast also features Christopher Ventris, Gerhard Siegel, and Christian Van Horn, in a new production by the acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge.

Wozzeck will be heard on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, January 11. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, online or apps.

Photo: Peter Mattei in the title role and Elza van den Heever as Marie in William Kentridge’s new production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

It’s All Request Friday! 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 10 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Tor Aulin (1866-1914), French conductor Jean Martinon (1910-1976), American baritone Sherrill Milnes (1935-), American bass-baritone James Morris (1947-), Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky (1948-), and American violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg (1961-). Although he was a violinist, Tor Aulin was also conductor of the Stockholm and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras. 20th-century conductor, Monsieur Martinon conducted many of the world’s great orchestras and was associated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1963-1968. Considered one of the great Verdi baritones, Sherrill Milnes has appeared with most of the world’s opera companies. He also has recorded extensively with more than 135 recordings to his credit. Baltimore native James Morris is perhaps best remembered for his role as Wotan in Die Walkure. A student of the great cellists Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, Mischa Maisky has over 50 recordings to his credit. After studying at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras.


Thursday, January 10, 2020

This week Opera House presents La Fille du Régiment & Il Giovedi Grasso by Gaetano Donizetti. In La Fille, Marie (Sutherland) was “adopted” as a girl by a Tyrolean grenadier regiment and is romantically pursued by a suspected spy named Tonio (Pavarotti).

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: Pretty Yende as Maria/Metropolitan Opera-Ken Howard

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On January 9 we observe the birthday of American composer John Knowles Paine (1839-1906). Paine was a member of a group of composers known as the Boston Six. The others were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, George Chadwick, and Horatio Parker. He was Harvard University’s first organist and choirmaster, as well as its first professor of music.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Russia’s landscape is a place of stark beauty, and its culture is rich in both history and legend. So, it’s not surprising that nineteenth century Russian composers would turn away from the musical dominance of Western Europe to find inspiration in their homeland. Join us for Russian Romantics Weekend. The Classical Station presents the music of Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovPyotr TchaikovskyModest Mussorgsky, and more. It’s one of our favorite feature weekends which begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, January 11 on Weekend Classics.

See What’s Playing for playlists. Don’t forget to request your favorite piece of Russian music on the Saturday Evening Request Program.

Photo of Saint Basil’s Cathedral/

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

On January 7 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Günter Wand (1912-2002), French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French flute virtuoso Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922-2000), and English violinist and conductor Iona Brown (1941-2004). A largely self-taught conductor, Herr Wand directed the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1982-1990. Monsieur Poulenc was one of the group of French composers known as Les Six. The son of a professional flautist, Monsieur Rampal’s name became synonymous with the flute in the 20th century. His recordings and his presence on the concert stage were ubiquitous. Ms. Brown was associated with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from 1964-1980 as leader, soloist and director.


Monday, January 6, 2020


Baltimore Symphony November 20, 2008

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Antonín Dvořák, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Rachmaninoff in performances led by David Zinman, Sergiu Comissiona, and the orchestra’s music director, Marin Alsop. 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: Chris Lee

American conductor Nicholas Hersh is our guest on the January edition of My Life In Music. Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas is also Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music on this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Nicholas Hersh/Margot Shulman

On January 6 we observe the birthdays of four composers: Giuseppe SammartiniGiuseppe MartucciAlexander Scriabin, and Max Bruch. Born in Milan, Italy, Giuseppe Francesco Gaspare Melchiorre Baldassare Sammartini spent most of his professional life in London. He left us over 100 works. While primarily a composer, Signor Martucci was also a conductor. He introduced the music of Richard Wagner to Italian audiences. A native of Moscow, Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin studied at the Moscow Conservatory. He wrote much music for the piano and indeed recorded over a dozen of his compositions on piano rolls. Born in Cologne, German, Max Karl August Bruch is perhaps best-known to 21st-century listeners for his Scottish Fantasy and the Violin Concerto No. in G minor.