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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thibaut Garcia

This week on Preview! the American String Quartet plays music of Dvorak. The Classical Station’s Jonny Pierce speaks with Varena Moesenbichler-Bryant of the Durham Medical Orchestra. We'll hear guitarist Thibaut Garcia from his latest release, Bach Inspirations, and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes plays Chopin.

Preview! -- the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM and online at our website. Tell your smart device to play WCPE.

Photo of Thibaut Garcia by Luis Castillo

November 18 Birthdays

On November 18 we observe the birthdays of Flemish composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, German composer Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German composer Carl Maria von Weber, and Hungarian-born American conductor Eugene Ormandy. Loeillet spent most of his career as a musician in London where he was known as John Loeillet. Herr Hasch was C.P.E. Bach's deputy harpsichordist at the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia. He was a brilliant pianist. Carl Maria von Weber also wrote ten operas which influenced many other composers of the genre. In 1936 Eugene Ormandy began his association with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate Conductor under Leopold Stowkowski. He succeeded Stowkowski as Music Director of the orchestra, spending forty years in that role before finally retiring in 1980. ArkivMusic shows three hundred thirty recordings made by Ormandy currently available.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Saturday, November 17, 2018



This week Great Sacred Music will include music sung by the Swiss Radio Chorus of Lugano, the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos, and New York Polyphony. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Baldassare Galuppi, and George Frederich Handel. Dr. Al Sturgis will offer a commentary on the motet Der Gerechte kommt um. 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 your host Rob Kennedy.

Photo: Mosaic glass window on East side of Stanford Memorial Church. Stanford, California, USA. The window was made by Frederick S. Lamb (1863-1928), who based his work on oil paintings by Antonio Paoletti (1834-1912).

November 17 Birthdays

On November 17 we observe the birthday of Australian conductor Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras (1925-2010). Sir Charles was actually born in Schenectady, New York to Australian parents. They moved back to Australia when he was very young. Sir Charles conducted most of the world's major orchestras during his long career. He made many recordings. Indeed, ArkivMusic shows 347 of his recordings are currently available.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


Friday, November 16, 2018


Here are just a few of the beautiful pieces which you can hear today. What's Playing has the details. Tell your smart speaker to play WCPE!

09:01 a.m. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1042
10:01 a.m. Chopin: Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise in E flat, Op. 22
12:01 p.m. Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat, Op. 4 No. 6
02:01 p.m. Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65
03:01 p.m. Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543
07:01 p.m. Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40
08:01 p.m. Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109
09:01 p.m. Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat, Op. 97 "Archduke"

November 16 Birthday

On November 16 we observe the birthday of German-born American composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Hindemith taught at Yale University where he influenced composers such as Norman Del Joio and Lukas Foss.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


Thursday, November 15, 2018


Enjoy the magic of pianist Jorge Bolet's playing today. What's Playing has the details. Take us with you by listening on our app!

09:01 a.m. Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
10:01 a.m. Schubert: Fantasia in C, D. 760 "Wanderer Fantasy"
12:01 p.m. Strauss, Josef: Palms of Peace
01:01 p.m. Smetana: Vysehrad ~ Ma Vlast (My Fatherland)
02:01 p.m. Beethoven: Romance No. 2 in F for Violin, Op. 50
03:01 p.m. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
05:01 p.m. Wagner: Good Friday Music ~ Parsifal
10:01 p.m. Liszt: The Water Gardens at the Villa d'Este


After a court jester’s daughter is seduced, her aggrieved father puts out a contract on the seducer’s life. Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto this 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. Don't forget that you can hear and watch most of the operas which we play on Opera House on our YouTube channel.

Photo: Metropolitan Opera

November 15

On November 15 we observe the birthdays of Cuban-born American pianist Jorge Bolet (1914-1990) and Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim (1942-). Jorge Bolet was considered one of the leading exponents of Romantic pianism according to the New York Times. While he is known these days primarily as a conductor, Daniel Barenboim began his career as a virtuoso pianist.

Photos: Daniel Barenboim/Monika Rittershaus; Jorge Bolet/Lindsay Nelson.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018


'I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame, I simply follow my own feelings' – W.A Mozart. Follow your feelings with our beautiful music. What's Playing has the details. Tell your smart speaker to play WCPE!

09:01 a.m. Mozart, L.: Sinfonia Pastorale in G
10:01 a.m. Copland: Billy the Kid Ballet Suite
12:01 p.m. Mendelssohn-Hensel: Andante cantabile
02:01 p.m. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter Dreams"
03:01 p.m. Copland: Appalachian Spring
07:01 p.m. Mendelssohn-Hensel: Piano Trio in D, Op. 11
08:01 p.m. Copland: Four Dance Episodes ~ Rodeo
09:01 p.m. Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219 "Turkish"

November 14 Birthdays

On November 14 we observe the birthdays of three composers. Born on this day were Austrian composer Leopold Mozart (1719-1787), German composer Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847), and American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was probably more successful as a teacher than as a composer. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel wrote over 460 compositions. She received her early musical education from her mother who had been trained by a student of Johann Sebastian Bach. Referred to as "the Dean of American Composers", Aaron Copland created musical canvasses which seem to many people to capture the essence of what American music is, or should be.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Today is the birthday of Massachusetts composer, organist and teacher George Whitefield Chadwick. We have three of his compositions and much more on our playlists today. What's Playing has the details.

09:01 a.m. Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches
10:01 a.m. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
12:01 p.m. Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen ~ Lyric Pieces, Op. 65
02:01 p.m. Chadwick: Suite Symphonique in E flat
03:01 p.m. Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88
07:01 p.m. Chadwick: Rip Van Winkle Overture
08:01 p.m. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
09:01 p.m. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

November 13 Birthdays

On November 13 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (1663-1712) and American composer George Whitfield Chadwick (1854-1931). Herr Zachow was George Frederic Handel's first teacher. Chadwick was one of a group of composers known as The Boston Six. The others in the group were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Monday, November 12, 2018

Still Life

The November edition of Renaissance Fare will feature music the pilgrims would have been listening to when they landed at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. We shall hear how the music changed from the late 15th to the early 17th centuries. Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare on Monday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 18, at 5:00 p.m.

The following groups will perform: The Baltimore Consort, David Munrow; New York Renaissance Band, Sally Logemann; Early Music Consort of London, David Munrow; Consort Veneto, Giovanni Toffano; Early Music New York, Frederick Renz; The Piffaro Band; John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers; Canadian Brass

Photo: Spanish School, of the early 17th century, Still Life with Roses, Fruit and a Lizard

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

This week Monday Night at the Symphony features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Hear music of Mozart, Berlioz and Brahms, in performances led by Louis Langree, Robin Ticciati and Sir Charles Mackerras.

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

Photo: Scottish Chamber Orchestra


Music for a Monday which is observed as a holiday in much of the country. What's Playing has the details.

09:01 a.m. Haydn: Symphony No. 082 in C, "The Bear"
10:01 a.m. Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor
12:01 p.m. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068
02:01 p.m. Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsody in D, Op. 45 No. 1
03:01 p.m. Borodin: Overture and Polovtsian Dances ~ Prince Igor
07:01 p.m. Renaissance Fare
08:01 p.m. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K. 364
08:33 p.m. Berlioz: Overture ~ Beatrice and Benedict
09:01 p.m. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
10:01 p.m. Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

November 12

On November 12 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Alexander Borodin and French Canadian composer and teacher Jean Papineau-Couture. Educated as a chemist and a doctor, Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin studied composition with Mily Balakirev. While music was Borodin's secondary vocation, he did manage to find time to write several operas and symphonies, as well as dozens of works in various forms. Montreal native Jean Papineau-Couture graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger. He was on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1946-1962.

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