Jay discusses, and plays, an old song: “A Soft Day.” You also have a little music from Brazil. And a composer who escaped the Nazis. And some Cole Porter. Also, what about the question of Wagner? Can you listen to him, SOB that he was? Finally, Franco Zeffirelli died – which leads to a reflection on him, and to an aria. In short, there’s plenty to think about in this episode, and plenty to hear.

Track List:

“A Soft Day,” by Stanford, sung by Kathleen Ferrier, with Frederick Stone, piano

“O polichinelo,” by Villa Lobos, played by Artur Rubinstein

“The Eyes of All Wait upon Thee,” by Jean Berger, performed by the Constant Chamber Choir, conducted by Harald Jers

An excerpt from “The Ring without Words,” a synthesis of Wagner’s tetralogy by Lorin Maazel, played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Maazel

“Signore, ascolta,” from Puccini’s “Turandot,” sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, with the orchestra of La Scala, conducted by Tullio Serafin

“So in Love” from Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate,” sung by Cesare Siepi

This is a podcast of The New Criterion.

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There are 7 comments.

  1. colleenb Member

    Haven’t listened yet but thank you for the track list. Now if I could just get Blue Yeti to allow us lowly Ricochetti to LIKE a podcast. Sigh.

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    • June 21, 2019, at 8:16 AM PDT
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  2. Blue Yeti Admin

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Haven’t listened yet but thank you for the track list. Now if I could just get Blue Yeti to allow us lowly Ricochetti to LIKE a podcast. Sigh.

    We just assume you like all of them. 

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    • June 21, 2019, at 8:26 AM PDT
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  3. colleenb Member

    Delightful.

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    • June 21, 2019, at 8:57 AM PDT
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  4. colleenb Member

    By the way @blueyeti, did you see that the Q&A Mr. Nordlinger did with the conductor (Gerald Schwarz?) was impossible to listen to because of low/poor quality audio. Maybe you can mention that to him. I enjoy both Q&A and Music for Awhile.

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    • June 21, 2019, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  5. Blue Yeti Admin

    colleenb (View Comment):

    By the way @blueyeti, did you see that the Q&A Mr. Nordlinger did with the conductor (Gerald Schwarz?) was impossible to listen to because of low/poor quality audio. Maybe you can mention that to him. I enjoy both Q&A and Music for Awhile.

    We know. We are experimenting with a new mic for Jay and this particular experiment was not a success. 

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    • June 21, 2019, at 12:17 PM PDT
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  6. colleenb Member

    Thanks for the update

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):

    By the way @blueyeti, did you see that the Q&A Mr. Nordlinger did with the conductor (Gerald Schwarz?) was impossible to listen to because of low/poor quality audio. Maybe you can mention that to him. I enjoy both Q&A and Music for Awhile.

    We know. We are experimenting with a new mic for Jay and this particular experiment was not a success.

    Thanks for the update @blueyeti. Have a good weekend – if you’re allowed time off from herding the Ricochetti cats.

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    • June 21, 2019, at 12:47 PM PDT
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  7. DaddyO Listener

    By God, Nordlinger has a great radio voice. A very pleasant podcast I’ll be glad to add to the regulars.

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    • June 22, 2019, at 6:56 PM PDT
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