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Jay Nordlinger

Jay Nordlinger has written about music for The New Criterion since 2000. He is a senior editor of National Review and a fellow of the National Review Institute. Since 2002, he has hosted a series of public interviews at the Salzburg Festival. He does a podcast with Mona Charen called Need to Know. He also does a podcast called Q&A. In 2011, he filmed The Human Parade, with Jay Nordlinger, a TV series bringing hour-long interviews with various personalities.

He is the author of two books from Encounter: Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World and Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. National Review Books has published two collections of Nordlinger’s writings: Here, There & Everywhere and Digging In.

A native of Michigan, Nordlinger has long lived in New York. His podcast with The New Criterion, titled “Music for a While,” can be found here.

February 13, 2020

Music for a While #19: from Rosa to Mirella

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”

January 30, 2020

Music for a While #18: Maestro/Mahatma Jansons

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

January 09, 2020

Music for a While #17: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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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