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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Bernard of Cluny

Lots of music for the season on our playlists today. You can hear the King's Singers sing The Wexford Carol at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Allegro with Dick Storck. What's Playing has the details. Listen on our app!

Beethoven

Each year The Classical Station spends three days celebrating one of the greatest composers of all time: Ludwig van Beethoven. We call the celebration Beethovenfest. Tomorrow through Sunday, we will play his symphonies, sonatas, concertos, and more, culminating in the glorious Ninth Symphony on the presumed day of his birth, this Sunday. What's Playing has the details. Tell your smart device to play WCPE!

Don't forget to share your favorite Beethoven work with us on the Saturday Evening Request Program.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Benvenuto Cellini

To receive papal forgiveness for his crimes and be allowed to marry, an artist must complete a bronze statue by the end of Mardi Gras. Join host Bob Chapman for Hector Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini 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: Costume design by Paul Lormier for Prosper Dérivis as Balducci in the original production of the opera Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz.
 

Jaap van Zweden

On December 12 we observe the birthday of Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden (1960-). He is the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Adoration of the Shepherds.jpg

One of our listeners' favorite Christmas pieces is Hector Berlioz' The Shepherds' Farewell from his oratorio L'Enfance du Christ. ClassicFM describes it as "a glorious blend of warm woodwind sounds, sublime choral harmonies and sensitive orchestral accompaniment." You can hear it and The repose of the holy family at 11:07 Eastern on Classical Café with David Ballantyne. What's Playing has the details.

Painting: Andrea Mantegna, 1451-1453

  December 11 Birthdays

On December 11 we observe the birthdays of French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), Polish composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909), and Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa (1973-). Hector Berlioz is perhaps best known to 21st century audiences for his Symphonie fantastique and Grande Messe des Morts or Requiem. Mieczyslaw Karlowicz occupied a place in Polish musical history between Frederic Chopin and Karol Szymanowski. Ms. Lisitsa has developed a large following on YouTube for her performances of literature from the Romantic era.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

 

Monday, December 10, 2018


Manger Scene

This month Renaissance Fare features music for Christmas. On the program are selections from a brand new Christmas album by Sixteen, Apollo's Fire, hammered dulcimer player Maggie Sansone and much more. Join George Douglas for Christmas carols from the 15th and 16th centuries on Renaissance Fare, Monday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. This program will be rebroadcast on Sunday, December 16 at 5 p.m. The music selections can be found on the Renaissance Fare page.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

This week Monday Night at the Symphony features the BBC Philharmonic. On the program is music of Camille Saint-Saens, Rheinhold Gliere and Johannes Brahms in performances led by Marin Alsop, Gianandrea Noseda and Sir Edward Downes

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

Photo: Sussie Ahlburg


December 10

On December 10 we observe the birthdays of Belgian-born French composer César Franck (1822-1890), French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), American composer Morton Gould (1913-1996, and British pianist Kathryn Stott (1958-). While César-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was born in what is now Belgium, he took French citizenship when he was appointed to the faculty of Conservatoire de Paris in 1872. He composed four operas, several oratorios, as well as orchestral and chamber works. His music for organ is a staple of every organist's repertoire. Besides being a composer and organist, Olivier-Eugène-Prosper-Charles Messiaen was an ornithologist. He is widely considered one of the great composers of the 20th century. Richmond Hill, New York native Morton Gould published his first composition at the age of six. He wrote symphonies, film scores, Broadway musicals, and much more. His manuscripts are archived in the Library of Congress. Ms Stott teaches at the Royal Academy of Music. She concertizes regularly and is a long-time collaborator of cellist Yo-Yo Ma.



 

Photos: Kathryn Stott on kathrynstott.com; others on Wikipedia.org

 
 

  
 

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