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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Chartres The Life of Saint Lubin

This week Great Sacred Music will include music sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah State University Chamber Singers and Stile Antico. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Don Lorenzo Perosi and Johann Stamitz. The Reverend Bob Innskeep will offer a commentary on the much-loved hymn When peace like a river. What 's Playing has 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.

Stained glass: The Life of Saint Lubin, Chartres/Wikimedia Commons

Simon Rattle

On January 19 we observe the birthday of Sir Simon Rattle. He was born on this day in 1955. Sir Simon rose to prominence as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002 he has been Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. In September 2017 he became Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Monika Rittershaus


Friday, January 18, 2019


Peleas et Melisande

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met's Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducting Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy's meditation on the mysteries of love and betrayal. The cast features three young Met stars portraying a complex love triangle: Isabel Leonard as Mélisande, Paul Appleby as Pelléas, and Kyle Ketelsen as Pelléas's brother Golaud - Mélisande's husband. Ferruccio Furlanetto sings the role of King Arkel and Marie-Nicole Lemieux makes her network broadcast debut as Geneviève.

Pelléas et Mélisande will be heard live on The Classical Station at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, January 19.

Paul Appleby and Isabel Leonard in the title roles in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. Photo: Karen Almond/Met Opera

January 18 Birthdays

On January 18 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588), Russian composer César Cui (1835-1918), French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894), and English composer William Henry Havergal (1793-1870). A composer of madrigals, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder spent much of his career in the employ of Elizabeth I of England. César Cui was a member of the Five (Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin were the other four.) But he was also a general in the Russian Army where he taught several notables including Nicolas II. Monsieur Chabrier wrote operas, orchestral, and chamber music, but is best known for his orchestral work entitled España. William Henry Havergal was an Anglican priest who wrote music for the church including some rather fine Anglican chants.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17 Birthdays

On January 17 we observe the birthdays of French composer François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829), Russian composer Alexander Taneyev (1850-1918), and New Zealand-born British organist Dame Gillian Weir (1941-). Famous in his day as a composer of operas and chamber music, Monsieur Gossec's music sadly is not much heard in modern times. Alexander Taneyev, not to be confused with his cousin Sergei Taneyev, was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov. Dame Gillian Weir was a student of Ralph Downes at the Royal College of Music. She is highly regarded for her teaching and her concertizing.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Wednesday, January 16, 2019


An elderly philosopher sells his soul to the devil in return for the latter's arranging a love affair with a lovely young woman. Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of Charles Gounod's Faust Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on the WCPE Opera House.

The curtain goes up at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online.

Photo: Bulgarian opera singer Raffaele Arié (1920-1988) as Mephistoles in Gounod's Faust/Wikipedia.org

January 16 birthday

On January 16 we observe the birthday of American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (1934-). Ms. Horne has enjoyed a brilliant singing career spanning over four decades. Now she imparts her experience and knowledge to younger artists as a kind teacher and mentor. "To be a great singer of classical music is the hardest thing in the world," she says. "After all this time, I still go for a great voice, my dear, for anyone who can really sing. The details you have to be on top of are just endless. But first of all, you have to be born with a great voice. You can't go out and buy it. You can't manufacture it. You have to have that seed. And then you build on that."

Photo: Marty Umans


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

JAnuary 15

On January 15 we observe the birthdays of American pianist Malcolm Frager (1935-1991) and Israeli-born American pianist Joseph Kalichstein (1946-). A musician who was interested in finding manuscripts by older composers as well as performing, Malcolm Frager maintained a very full concert schedule until his untimely death at the age of 56. Joseph Kalichstein is a member of the faculty of The Julliard School. He performs regularly internationally.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Monday, January 14, 2019

Berlin Philharmonie

This week Monday Night At The Symphony features Berlin Philharmonic. On the program is music of Felix Mendelssohn, Josef Haydn and Franz Schubert in performances led by Mariss Jansons, Herbert von Karajan and Sir Simon Rattle.

Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


The January edition of Renaissance Fare features celebration music for the New Year from The English Dancing Master by John Playford. We'll also hear a Suite of Dances from an album by the Piffaro Band celebrating its 30th anniversary. Also on the playlist is a unique 14th-century version of Greensleeves performed by lutenist Allan Alexander. Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare. Monday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

January 14 Birthdays

On January 14 we observe the birthdays of English harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan (1950-), Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (1943-), English violinist Andrew Manze (1965-), and Canadian tenor Ben Heppner (1956-). A highly-regarded early music specialist, Nicholas McGegan has over 100 recordings to his credit. A protege of Herbert von Karajan, Mariss Jansons has conducted most of the world's top orchestras. A Baroque violin virtuoso, Andrew Manze also enjoys a fine reputation as a conductor. Now retired from his singing career, Ben Heppner has embarked on a new role as a broadcaster with the CBC.

Today is also the birthday of Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, the Austrian musicologist who cataloged Mozart's compositions.


Photos: Wikipedia.org



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