Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger Episode 26: A Musical Tour

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They’ve talked about it for several weeks, and they’ve finally done it: Mona and Jay have made a music podcast. They take you on a musical tour, starting with Thomas Tallis, looking in on Mozart and Beethoven, visiting Verdi and Wagner, whooping it up with Gershwin, and ending with two composers of today. You get some Renaissance music, some Baroque, some Classical, some Romantic, a dose of French Impressionism, Schoenberg’s “air of different planets,” and so on. This is a sampler. Mona and Jay have some conversation, but mainly they give you music: less talk, more rock. Enjoy.

Note: We (meaning Blue Yeti, not Mona and Jay) struggled with some audio issues during the recording and post-production of this episode. We thought about scrapping the whole thing, but decided to put it out even though it’s below our standards. We apologize in advance and promise to do better next time. 

Update: The playlist for this show may be viewed and downloaded here

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  1. tabula rasa

    Wonderful podcast.  Mona’s passion and Jay’s encyclopedic knowledge (and passion) make for a great musical podcast.  

    It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if they did this periodically.

  2. PerMoeNorway

    Dear Mona and Jay, thank you so much for the podcast.

  3. James Jones

    Yes, that was lovely. I’m a little disappointed by some composers who were left out (Haydn! Mahler! Stravinsky!), but hey, that was inevitable: even in a 90 minute music-fest someone won’t make the cut.

  4. SpinozaCarWash

    No Handel? No Haydn? No Monteverdi? Quel outrage!

    I jest. Thank you, Jay and Mona, for setting aside 90 minutes for this classical music podcast.  We need occasional respite from politics.

  5. KC Mulville
    tabula rasa: Wonderful podcast.  Mona’s passion and Jay’s encyclopedic knowledge (and passion) make for a great musical podcast.  

    It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if they did this periodically.

    Second that!

  6. Palestrina

    I enjoyed it, too. I’m a big fan of Tallis (and Byrd, Palestrina, etc.). Which group performed the Tallis piece in the podcast? It didn’t sound like the recordings I have.

  7. ChrisnGreta

    Thank you for doing this!  Lots of fun.  Next time, maybe a little love for the seventeenth century?

  8. Doug Scott

    More of these please!

  9. SteveSc

    Jay, Mona, great podcast.  Please do this again.

  10. Adriana Harris

    Mona and Jay,

    Thank you so much for this podcast. It lightened my spirits. Recently I’ve suffered loss; 3/5 my grandmother passed away and 3/16 my dog passed away. Needless to say, I’ve had more emotional darkness than light the past few weeks. The opening piece by Talus made me stop what I was doing and just listen. It brought tears to my eyes, but they were of joy for the beauty of the music. Thank you for introducing me to Talus.

    Jay’s question: Bach or Shakespeare, who the greatest genius mankind has ever created? 

    My answer: As much as I love and revere Shakespeare I have to say Bach. To truly appreciate Shakespeare one must be familiar with the English language. One must merely possess a soul to be touched by Bach.

  11. Daniel Halbach

    Good stuff (says this jazz lover).  Feels a little like I grew up on spareribs and you just served me a filet.  I cannot possibly be appreciating it as I should be. 

    Can we get a play list?

    By the way, I say short-liv-ed but long-live-d.  So am I only half barbaric?

  12. Jojo

    I loved this podcast! Thank you.

  13. Matt Bartle

    I’m glad you finally did this, although for me music is generally something that comes in 3-minute chunks and you sing along with in the car. I was a teenager in the 70′s and that’s the music I know by heart.

    Most was ok, but opera is painful. Listening to that is like getting poked with a stick over and over. And the minimalist stuff toward the end? The first 15 seconds were promising, but then – dismay. They did that on purpose??

    I could listen to more from the guy who wrote the “kill the wabbit” music.

  14. doc molloy

    Loved the podcast! But no Liszt on the musical tribute list? 

    Liszt and Beethoven were soulmates

    He had an impressionist imprint on Edouard Manet wife Suzanne Leenhoff who he praised on hearing her play and advised her to go to Paris and study

    Going Home was the performed in Anatole Litvak’s great movie drama The Snake Pit

    Liszt was a great supporter of Wagner and Daniel Barenboim writes an interesting piece on Wagner War and Ideology. Barenboim also plays Liszt wonderfully.

    And here is the full 1960 Franz Liszt movie in glorious color A Song Without End Enjoy!!

  15. Sabrdance

    Oh, you make it so hard to write comments, so much here to talk about, and only 200 characters.  I may have to listen again and just spam the chat window.

  16. Oranjeman

    I’d like to echo Palestrina; if anyone knows the performance of the Tallis peace, I’d very much appreciate it.  Also, a playlist does seem to be a no-brainer for this podcast. 

  17. For those that are asking, here is the list of all the music played in this show and their corresponding YouTube links. 

  18. txmasjoy

    Thank you for the music list, Blue Yeti!

    Mona and Jay, I just love listening to your podcasts, but I especially applaud you for taking the time to assemble and present material such as this.  In giving these pieces to us with your stories and insights, my heart was tuned to hear them as if they were new.  

    It’s common to complain about the rot spreading in our culture–the only way I know to stop the decay is to devote the energy and attention necessary for preserving and presenting its masterworks. In that appreciation is born the desire to create one’s own art, and ultimately, to comprehend all of Creation.

    If the urge should arise to produce another music episode, it will be most welcome.

  19. Gil Martin

    Mona and Jay:

    What a breath of fresh air!  I think you should do a musical journey podcast once a season.  

    The revelation to me was the Schoenberg.  I’ve tried him many a time, but heard along with all the others, he seemed to to fit right in, and was quite compelling.

    You guys are always great, but broadening out the subject matter to things that really matter, well that’s something!!!


    Gil Martin

  20. Oranjeman

    Thanks Blue Yeti!

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