Music For a While https://ricochet.com Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:08:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Ricochet Audio Network Ricochet.com support@ricochet.com new criterion, music, classical music, jay nordlinger, music for a while, https://cdn.ricochet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/music-for-a-while1.png Music For a While https://ricochet.com no episodic 2020 by Ricochet.com 174309703 A joyful jolt A joyful jolt Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:03:14 +0000
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Actually, Jay says "an ingenious, joyful jolt." He is speaking of the Toccata in G by Théodore Dubois. That's how the podcast begins. We also get Grieg (and a memory of a TV game show, long ago). Lead Belly (singing "Study War No More"). Mozart, Hahn, and "America" -- a fugue on "America," which is also known as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (and as "God Save the Queen" by some of our cousins).

Dubois, Toccata in G

Grieg, "Morning Mood" from "Peer Gynt"

Trad., "Study War No More"

Mozart, "Soave sia il vento" from "Così fan tutte"

Hahn, Danse, Piano Concerto

Thayer, Fuge on "America" from the Organ Sonata No. 2


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29. America: plenty good room America: plenty good room 29 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:54:07 +0000
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In honor of Independence Day, Jay does an all American program: ending with "Plenty Good Room," the spiritual. He begins with some ballet, cowboy style: "Hoe Down" (Copland). Along the way, we have songs, piano pieces, an aria, some bluegrass--Happy Fourth, to all.

Copland, "Hoe-Down," from "Rodeo"

MacDowell, "By a Meadow Brook," from "Woodland Sketches"

Beach, "Ah, Love, but a Day"

Wheeler, Scott, "Isolation Rag"

Hoiby, "Lady of the Harbor"

Meyer, Edgar, et al. (?), "Death by Triple Fiddle"

Floyd, "Ain't It a Pretty Night?" from "Susannah"

Gershwin-Heifetz, Prelude in C-sharp Minor

Trad., "Plenty Good Room"


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Poems, songs, and shouts Poems, songs, and shouts Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:59:24 +0000
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This episode begins with a shout -- "a shout of joy on the organ," Jay says. It also has a poem, written and recited by Langston Hughes. And a song, setting that same poem. The episode includes a little Broadway -- and other curiosities, finds, and wonders. Enjoy "music for a while."

Hughes-Manz, "God of Grace and God of Glory"
Langston Hughes, "I, Too"
Margaret Bonds, "I, Too"
Frederic Rzewski, "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!"
Coleman-Stewart, "Thank God I'm Old"
Herbert Murrill, "Carillon"
Handel, "O Lord, whose mercies numberless," from "Saul"
Trad., arr. Bonds, "This Little Light o' Mine"


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Vexed and unvexed Vexed and unvexed Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:12:48 +0000
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"Got a real smorgasbord for you," says Jay--"even more than usual. An almost wacky variety." He begins with Rachmaninoff, turns to Satie, then to a classic American song, then to Satie again, then to Penderecki, and on to Fauré and Busoni (no, not Bach-Busoni). Some interesting issues, points, personalities, and, of course, music.

Rachmaninoff, "Spring Waters"

Satie, "Vexations"

Androzzo, Alma Bazel, "If I Can Help Somebody"

Satie, "Gymnopédie"

Penderecki, "La Follia"

Fauré, "Le secret"

Busoni, "Berceuse"


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Time, timelessness, etc. Time, timelessness, etc. Thu, 28 May 2020 20:53:02 +0000
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Jay begins with some festive music: specifically, the "Festive Overture" of Shostakovich. He has a showtune: "Some Other Time." He has an Aretha Franklin hit, about zoomin'. He has a spiritual: "Ain't Got Time to Die." Some French organ music. And more. He ends with Karel Ančerl, the great Czech conductor who endured horror and produced much beauty and brilliance.

Tracks played:

Shostakovich, "Festive Overture"

Bernstein and Comden & Green, "Some Other Time," from On the Town

Aretha Franklin et al., "Who's Zoomin' Who?"

Trad., "Ain't Got Time to Die"

Guilmant, March on a Theme by Handel

Tchaikovsky, "Garland Waltz" from "Sleeping Beauty"

Mahler, Symphony No. 9, final movement


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25. Sons, daughters, and others Sons, daughters, and others 25 Sun, 17 May 2020 14:30:20 +0000
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Jay plays some music by a Bach son. There is also Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and other composers. The episode ends with a tribute to Rosalind Elias, the late American mezzo-soprano: the thirteenth and last child of Lebanese immigrants.

Tracks played:

Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Rondo II in C minor

Saint-Saëns, "Aimons-nous"

Beethoven, Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major, Op. 3, No. 3, final movement

Hahn, "À Chloris"

Dohnányi, Serenade in C

Wolf, "Benedeit die sel'ge Mutter"

Tchaikovsky, String Sextet in D minor, "Souvenir de Florence"

Verdi, "Stride la vampa," from Il trovatore


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24. Springtime, round two Springtime, round two 24 Sat, 25 Apr 2020 16:48:15 +0000
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Jay's previous episode was devoted to music of spring. As he points out, it's still spring--and there's a lot of spring music out there. So he goes a second round. This round serves up Schubert, Mahler, Copland, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more. A colorful, happy bouquet.

Tracks played:

Argento, "Spring"

Schumann, "Spring" Symphony

Mahler, "Frühlingsmorgen"

Mahler, "Der Trunkene im Frühling," from "Das Lied von der Erde"

Copland, "Appalachian Spring"

Schubert, "Frühlingsglaube"

Duke, "April in Paris," Count Basie and His Orchestra

Rodgers & Hammerstein, "It Might As Well Be Spring"


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Springtime Springtime Fri, 24 Apr 2020 17:30:50 +0000
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Jay has seven pieces--songs, an opera aria, a piano piece, a violin sonata, and a violin concerto. All in honor of spring. It has sprung, whether the pandemic likes it or not. Happy spring, everyone.

Tracks played:

Vivaldi, "Spring," from "The Four Seasons"

Hahn, "Le Printemps"

Beethoven, "Spring" Sonata

Saint-Saëns, "Printemps qui commence," from "Samson and Delilah"

Strauss, "Herr Lenz"

Sinding, "Rustle of Spring"

Hoiby, "Always It's Spring"


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22. Music as Balm—and Delight Music as Balm—and Delight 22 Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:30:44 +0000
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The title of this episode pretty much tells its story. Jay plays balm-like music, and delight-giving music--heavy on the Bach. At the beginning of the show, he asks, "Need I say that music is extra-important in these strange and trying times?" He answers, "Of course I don't."

Tracks played:

Bach-Petri, "Sheep May Safely Graze"

Bach, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen"

Bach, "Alleluia"

Chopin, Étude in A flat, Op. 25, No. 1, "Aeolian Harp"

Haydn, Piano Concerto in D

Elgar, Nimrod Variation

Bach, Bourées from English Suite No. 2 in A minor

Bach, Gigue from English Suite No. 2 in A minor

Ochs, attr. Handel, "Dank sei dir, Herr"

Bach, Allegro for keyboard only, Violin Sonata No. 6 in G

Trad., "Give Me Jesus"


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21. A Little Program for Kids (and Their Parents, and Others) A Little Program for Kids (and Their Parents, and Others) 21 Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:50:52 +0000
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Lots of parents now have kids at home, in need of schooling. A friend of Jay's asked him, "Could you put together a little program for my kids?" Here it is: Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, and worthy others. A neat, balanced smattering. For "kids" of all ages.

Tracks played:

Bach, Prelude in C major, Book I, "The Well-Tempered Clavier"

Chopin, Etude in C major, Op. 10, No. 1

Mozart, Twelve Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman"

Brahms, "Wie Melodien zieht es mir"

Wagner, Prelude, Act III, "Lohengrin"

Puccini, "Addio, mio dolce amor," from "Edgar"

Debussy, "Reflets dans l'eau"

Turina, "Zapateado"

Shostakovich, Scherzo, Piano Quintet in G minor

Lowry, arr. Copland, "At the River" 


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20. Upward and Onward Upward and Onward 20 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 21:55:10 +0000
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Jay ends this episode with the beloved theme song to "The Jeffersons," "Movin' on Up." It was co-written and sung by Ja'net DuBois, who died recently. Also in this episode you have two arias by Handel; a piano piece by Ravel, miraculously played; some little-known Mozart, which is knockout; and yet more. Take a break away, as Jay says.

Tracks played:

Handel, "Bel piacere," from "Agrippina"

Galuppi, Andante from the Keyboard Sonata No. 5 in C major

Handel, "Pensieri, voi mi tormentate," from "Agrippina"

Ravel, "Une barque sur l'océan," from "Miroirs"

Mozart, Chaconne from the ballet music to "Idomeneo"

DuBois-Barry, "Movin' on Up" 


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19. From Rosa to Mirella From Rosa to Mirella 19 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:10:19 +0000
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This episode begins with a song by Giuseppe Martucci, sung by Rosa Feola, the young Italian soprano. It ends with an aria by Giacomo Puccini, sung by Mirella Freni, the legendary Italian soprano who died in recent days. In between is a smorgasbord, including Haydn, Mozart, and a couple of British songs that Jay and others love.

Tracks played:

Martucci, "Maggiolata"

Haydn, Cello Concerto in C major

Mozart, Great Mass in C minor

Dunhill, "The Cloths of Heaven"

arr. Britten, "Down by the Salley Gardens"

Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat

Puccini, "Vissi d'arte," from "Tosca"


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18. Maestro/Mahatma Jansons Maestro/Mahatma Jansons 18 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:50:38 +0000
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Mariss Jansons, the great Latvian conductor, born in 1943, died toward the end of last year. Jay talks about him, relating stories both from him and about him. (Jay interviewed Jansons twice, ten years apart.) And, of course, we hear music--from Jansons and his orchestras.

Tracks played:

Bizet-Shchedrin, from "Carmen Suite"

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 2 in C minor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Mahler, Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D major


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17. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 17 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 23:40:48 +0000
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Jay begins with a Schubert work, and some singers and pianists who have performed it. He moves on to a funky, frenetic thing called "Techno-Parade." Later, there is some Wagner by a great new singer. There is some immortal Rachmaninoff. And, at the very end, a song by the late Jerry Herman: "It's Today," from "Mame." A diverse, appetizing musical menu.

Tracks played:

Schubert, "Winterreise," Schäfer and Schneider

Schubert, "Winterreise," Hotter and Raucheisen

Schubert, "Winterreise," Schreier and Eschenbach

Connesson, "Techno-Parade"

"The Lark in the Clear Air" (arr. Michael McHale)

Wagner, "Dich, teure Halle," from "Tannhäuser"

Rachmaninoff, "Let Now Thy Servant Depart in Peace," from "Vespers"

Herman, "It's Today," from "Mame"


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16. Merry Christmas Merry Christmas 16 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 19:32:26 +0000
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Jay plays his favorite Christmas tracks: from Bach to gospel to jazz and beyond. Performers include Hermann Prey, James Cleveland, George Shearing, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Leontyne Price. A gift of a podcast.

Tracks played:

Bach, "Grosser Herr, o starker König" from the Christmas Oratorio

"The First Nowell" (Schwarzkopf et al.)

"I Saw Three Ships" (Schwarzkopf et al.)

"Ding Dong Merrily on High" (George Shearing and his quintet)

"Long Ago in Bethlehem" (Murphy and Murphy)

"The Shepherd's Pipe Carol" (Murphy and Murphy)

"Oh, What a Pretty Little Baby" (James Cleveland et al.)

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" (Sutherland et al.)

"O Holy Night" (Leontyne Price et al.)

"Jerusalem in the Morning" (Chanticleer)


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15. Erotic and Other Evenings Erotic and Other Evenings 15 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:40:43 +0000
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Jay went to the ballet in Kyiv, for "Carmen Suite" and "Scheherazade." He said, "It was the most erotic evening you could ever spend alone." He plays some music from "Carmen Suite" in this episode, plus Bach, Scriabin, and Glass. And Frank Bridge, that half remembered and estimable English composer. There is much beauty, and much of interest, in this episode.

Tracks played:

Bach, Toccata in F-sharp minor

Bizet-Shchedrin, Carmen Suite

Scriabin, Piano Concerto

Scriabin, Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12

Glass, Funeral Music of Amenhotep III from "Akhnaten"

Bridge, "Love Went A-Riding"


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14. Fightin’ Words and Good Music Fightin’ Words and Good Music 14 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:07:04 +0000
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This episode begins with a liturgical piece by James MacMillan--a living composer--and ends with another liturgical piece by Wynton Marsalis--another living composer. In between, you've got some Saint-Saëns, some Sibelius, and some other music. Jay says some provocative--possibly offensive--things about a couple of cello concertos. Otherwise, it's sweetness and light, mainly. A good show.

Tracks played:

James Macmillan, Miserere

Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor

Bach, Sarabande in E flat

Sibelius, Scherzo from Symphony No. 1 in E minor

Marsalis, Gloria Patri from "The Abyssinian Mass"


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13. Rustles, Hisses, and Slogs Rustles, Hisses, and Slogs 13 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:30:07 +0000
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Jay ends with "Rustle of Spring," the piano piece by Christian Sinding. It used to be universally known. It deserved to be. Jay also plays Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Shostakovich, Amy Beach, Havergal Brian, and Jörg Widmann. He tells some stories, makes some points. A rich and diverse world, music.

Tracks played:
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1
Brian, Double Fugue in E flat
Widmann, "Con brio"
Brahms, Violin Concerto
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (Bernstein, New York Philharmonic)
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (Maazel, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Beach, "Ah, Love, but a Day"
Sinding, "Rustle of Spring"


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12. Holy Stuff (and Other Stuff) Holy Stuff (and Other Stuff) 12 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:00:38 +0000
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When Harriet Cohen finishes playing her arrangement of Bach's "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier," Jay says, "Holy stuff." There is other stuff too in this episode: including "Tain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)." There may also be a little Beach Boys, classically performed. Jay likes that opening Bach piece so much, he ends with it, too: in a different version.

Bach-Cohen, "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier"

Gluck, "Che farò senza Euridice?"

Oliver and Young, "Tain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)"

Feinberg, Piano Sonata No. 3

Bernstein, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Wilson and Love, "Good Vibrations" (sung by the King's Singers)

Grieg-Ginzburg, "In the Hall of the Mountain King"

Bach-Swingle Singers, "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier"


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11. Immortality Immortality 11 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:31:24 +0000
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Someone asked Jay to name one composer whose music he would take with him to a desert island. He names him (Bach). He also says farewell to Marcello Giordani, the Italian tenor, and Jessye Norman, the American soprano. We also get an opera overture, a Beethoven overture, some Gershwin--and "Take This Job and Shove It." Quite a menu, quite a program.

Tracks played:

Bach, Prelude in C major, Book I, "The Well-Tempered Clavier"

Chopin, Etude in C major, Op. 10, No. 1

Nicolai, Overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"

Gershwin, "I Loves You, Porgy" from "Porgy and Bess"

Beethoven, Triple Concerto

Coe, David Allan, "Take This Job and Shove It"

Betta, Marco, "Amuri mancatu"

Trad., "Give Me Jesus"


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10. Pure Joy Pure Joy 10 Tue, 01 Oct 2019 03:46:16 +0000
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That's what Jay calls a Bach piece arranged for organ by Jean Guillou: pure joy. There is some more pure joy in this episode too--including the final movement of Brahms's Horn Trio, which Jay plays to honor Myron Bloom, the great French-horn player who died on September 26. He also honors, at the end, Christopher Rouse, the American composer, who died on September 21. Music, said Rouse, in a statement to be issued after his passing, "has given me life and a reason for living."

Jay also plays some Ella Fitzgerald, some Leontyne Price, and more. There is also a tale from opera lore: about Rudolf Bing and George Szell, who were too big for the same town.

Tracks played:

Bach-Guillou, Sinfonia

Beethoven, "Pastoral" Symphony

Brahms, Horn Trio

Gershwin, "They Can't Take That Away from Me"

Chopin, "Winter Wind" Etude

Barber, "Knoxville: Summer of 1915"

Rouse, Symphony No. 3


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9. Who Cares? Who Cares? 9 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:06:22 +0000
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Jay does, and you will too. "Who Cares?" is a Gershwin song, which Gershwin arranged for piano (alone). Jay has André Watts play this. He later has Ella Fitzgerald sing the song, accompanied by another André, Previn. In between, he talks about Gabriel Fauré, and plays him. He talks about Arcadi Volodos, than whom there is no better pianist in the world, Jay says. We hear Volodos in Bach--Bach arranged by Samuil Feinberg, an earlier Russian pianist. We hear more Bach, played by Feinberg himself. And some Callas. And some Offenbach. A wonderful menu of music, with tasty comments to go with it.

Tracks played:

Gershwin, "Who Cares?," arranged for piano by the composer

Fauré, Violin and Piano Sonata No. 2, third movement

Bach-Feinberg, Largo from Bach's Trio Sonata No. 5, BWV 529, for organ

Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major, Book II, "The Well-Tempered Clavier"

Cherubini, "Dei tuoi figli la madre," from "Medea"

Offenbach, "Galop infernal" ("Can-Can"), from "Orpheus in the Underworld"

Gershwin, "Who Cares?," performed by Ella Fitzgerald, André Previn, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen


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7. Festival Time Festival Time 7 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:56:29 +0000
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As Jay tells us at the beginning, he has been reviewing from two summer festivals: the Mostly Mozart Festival (New York) and the Salzburg Festival, in Mozart's hometown. He discusses and plays a variety of music performed at these festivals: Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Enescu - and Mozart, for sure.

Tracks played:

Mozart, Overture to "The Magic Flute"

Mendelssohn, "Variations sérieuses"

Beethoven, Violin Concerto

Enescu, Octet

Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595

Handel, "Tornami a vagheggiar," from "Alcina"

Handel, "Verdi prati," from "Alcina"

Haydn, Symphony No. 88


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7. Hello, old friends — and new Hello, old friends — and new 7 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 20:15:02 +0000
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Jay revisits some old favorites and hails at least one new favorite.

Tracks played:

Tchaikovsky, Waltz from "The Sleeping Beauty"

Mozart, Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat, K. 454

Steve Reich, "It's Gonna Rain"

McHugh/Koehler, "Spreadin' Rhythm Around"

Arvo Pärt, Symphony No. 4

Arensky, Piano Trio in D minor

Scriabin, Prelude in C major, Op. 13, No. 1

Robby Dupree, "Steal Away"


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6. The Best Song Ever Written The Best Song Ever Written 6 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:00:43 +0000
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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.

This is a podcast of The New Criterion.


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