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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Saturday, February 16, 2019


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This week Great Sacred Music will include music sung by the Wartburg College Choir, Quire Cleveland, and the Choir of All Saints' Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Stephen Paulus, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. 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: Window from Sather Air Base, Iraq

February 16 Birthdays

On February 16 we observe the birthdays of English composer Charles Avison (1709-1770), Israeli conductor Eliahu Inbal (1936-), and American composer John Corigliano (1938-). Charles Avison was a writer and music critic in addition to being a composer. He is best known to 21st-century audiences for his 12 Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti. Maestro Inbal has been the conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and a couple of Grammy Awards, John Corigliano has written over one hundred compositions.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

Friday, February 15, 2019


Don Giovanni

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Don Giovanni, Mozart's dark comedy based on the legend of Don Juan. Luca Pisaroni stars as the rakish and unrepentant title character, with Ildar Abdrazakov as his put-upon servant Leporello, and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the wronged noblewoman Donna Anna. Making their network broadcast debuts are Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira, Aida Garifullina as Zerlina, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio. Cornelius Meister also makes his network broadcast debut conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

The Met Opera will be broadcast on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, February 16.

Luca Pisaroni in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Photo: Marty Sohl/Met Opera.

February 15 Birthdays

On February 15 we observe the birthdays of German composer Michael Praetorious (1571-1621) and French composer Jean Langlais (1907-1991). His real name was Michael Schultze, Praetorius being the Latinized version of the German surname. A prolific composer, Herr Praetorius wrote thousands of works for instruments and voices. Blind since the age of two, Monsieur Langlais studied with Marcel Dupré, Paul Dukas, and Charles Tournemire. He was one of the 20th-century's great organ recitalists.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Small Red Rose

All the music which we are playing today between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. has been requested by our listeners. We received over 45 Valentine's requests! If you didn't get a chance to send in your request, why not do it for the Saturday Evening Request Program? Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14 Birthdays

On February 14 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), Swiss conductor Michel Corboz (1934-), and American soprano Renée Fleming. Signor Cavalli's real name was Pietro Francesco Caletti-Bruni. He wrote over forty operas, as well as some splendid polychoral sacred music. Celebrating his 85th birthday today, Maitre Corboz founded the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne. A Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Fleming studied with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf among other notable teachers. She has graced the stages of most of the world's great opera houses.

Photos: Ms. Fleming/Andrew Eccles; Others/Wikipedia.org


Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Eurydice resides with her lover Pluto in the Underworld so husband Orpheus is understandably reluctant to retrieve her. Join host Bob Chapman for Jacques Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers 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.

Painting: Orpheus in the Underworld by Louis Jacquesson de la Chevreuse (1839-1903/Wikipedia.org

February 13 birthday

On February 13 we observe the birthday of Spanish composer Fernando Sor (1778-1839). Known as a virtuoso performer, Fernando Sor o Josep Ferran Sorts i Muntades also found time to write over one hundred compositions in a variety of genres.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

February 12 Birthday

On February 12 we observe the birthday of Czech composer Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812). Besides being a prolific composer, Jan Dussek was highly regarded as a virtuoso pianist. He was also a much sought-after teacher.

Photo: Wikipedia.org



Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentines Day

Love is in the air on the February edition of Renaissance Fare! Most of the music featured on the program will be from 16th-century France. We'll hear French chansons from the Scholars of London, dance music from the New York Renaissance Band, love songs from the King's Singers and more. 7 p.m. With your genial host George Douglas.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

London Symphony Orchestra

This week Monday Night At The Symphony features the London Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev and Maurice Ravel, in performances led by Philip Ryan Mann, Sir Charles Mackerras and Music Director Sir Simon Rattle.

You can enjoy the concert on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online and on our apps. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: London Symphony Orchestra

February 11 Birthdays

On February 11 we observe the birthdays of Scottish conductor Sir Alexander Gibson, Czech-born American pianist Rudolf Firkusny, and English organist Christopher Dearnley. Sir Alexander Drummond Gibson was the conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra from 1959-1984. Rudolf Firkusny studied with legendary pianists Alfred Cortot and Artur Schnabel. Christopher Dearnley was organist of Salisbury Cathedral and Saint Paul's Cathedral, London.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


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