Or rather, three nominees. Plus, Gerard Schwarz, the trumpeter/conductor whom Jay interviewed recently on his “Q&A” (here). This episode provides beauty, wonder, excitement, controversy, solace – it’s music.

Links to the tracks in this week’s show:

Haydn, Trumpet Concerto, final movement, Gerard Schwarz et al.

Piston, Symphony No. 4, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz

Stölzel, “Bist du bei mir,” Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gerald Moore

Caccini, “Amarilli,” Janet Baker et al.

Mahler, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,” Christa Ludwig et al.

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  1. Stad Coolidge

    I nominate Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as the greatest piece of music ever written.

    I particularly like John Eliot Gardiner’s recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.  They use period instruments at the original tempi, which is faster than most contemporary renditions.

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  2. colleenb Member

    I can’t really judge that these are the best songs ever written but certainly they are all wonderful.  Thanks again Mr. Nordlinger.  Also again thanks for the list of the music RPTB (Ricochet Powers That Be).

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  3. Franz Drumlin Member
    Franz Drumlin

    Gustav Mahler has an undeserved reputation for adolescent bombast. What amazes me whenever I hear Ich bin der Welt is not only the indescribably sumptuous harmony but the sheer delicacy in the orchestration. 

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  4. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD

    Not “Louie-Louie”?

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  5. Stad Coolidge

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    Not “Louie-Louie”?

    I know what you mean.  There are other pieces of classical music . . .

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  6. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD

    Stad (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    Not “Louie-Louie”?

    I know what you mean. There are other pieces of classical music . . .

    Yeah, but they’re derivative.



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  7. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    Not “Louie-Louie”?

    Or as we like to call it, Cantata in D Lydian for Tenor, String Quartet, and Percussion, Richard Berry, Op 12.


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