This episode begins with the “Chinese Dance” from “The Nutcracker”—a ballet that has been banned in Berlin. Wokeness has hopped the pond. Jay also plays an excerpt from an old, old opera based on the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice; and an excerpt from a new opera based on the same. In addition, there is music by Franz Schubert, Daniel Asia, and Stephen Sondheim—who passed away on November 26, at ninety-one. A striking menu of music, this episode has.

Tchaikovsky, “Danse chinoise,” from “The Nutcracker”

Gluck, “Che farò senza Euridice,” from “Orfeo ed Euridice”

Aucoin, “This is what it is to love an artist,” from “Eurydice”

Asia, “Halleluyah,” from Symphony No. 2

Schubert, arr. Dietz, “Ave Maria”

Sondheim, “A Little Priest,” from “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

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