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Jay Nordlinger

June 17, 2021

Music for a While #46: Bach, beekeeping, and more

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This episode begins with a poem, first published in The New Criterion, in 2002: Charles Tomlinson’s “If Bach had been a beekeeper.” It speaks of “the honey of C major.” We then duly hear some Bach in C major. We also hear a famous aria—an aria made famous by a movie. And “Estrellita,” in two different versions: the original song, plus what Heifetz did to it, or rather, for it. The podcast includes other appetizing items as well. A fine smorgasbord.

Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major, “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” Book 2
Catalani, “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana,” from “La Wally”
Ponce-Heifetz, “Estrellita
Coleridge-Taylor, “You Lay So Still in Sunshine
Milhaud, “Love, My Heart
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2, first movement
Ponce, “Estrellita

May 19, 2021

Music for a While #45: Spring, sprung, sung

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Jay provides a program of songs and arias about spring: a variety of composers and languages. And performers. Maria Callas and Ella Fitzgerald are among them. This is a wonderful category of music: rhapsodic, hopeful, giddy, appreciative. Spring it up.

Argento, “Spring,” from “Six Elizabethan Songs”
Hahn, “Le printemps
Strauss, “Der Lenz
Wagner, “Du bist der Lenz,” from “Die Walküre”
Rachmaninoff, “Spring Waters
Saint-Säens, “Printemps qui commence,” from “Samson et Dalila”
Hoiby, “Always It’s Spring
Rodgers & Hammerstein, “It Might As Well Be Spring

May 07, 2021

Music for a While #44: Stomping, singing, exulting

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In this episode, Jay begins with some playing by Maxim Lando, a teenage pianist. There is also a solo-violin piece by John Corigliano: “Stomp.” At the end, Jay pays tribute to Christa Ludwig, one of the greatest singers of all time, who has passed away at 93. In a life of interviewing, he has been starstruck very few times, he says. He was by Christa Ludwig.

Sibelius, Piano Sonata in F, Op. 12
Led Zeppelin / Maxim Lando, “Stairway to Heaven
Glazunov, finale, Symphony No. 5, “Heroic”
Corigliano, “Stomp
Mancini, Theme to “Peter Gunn”
Brahms, “Wie Melodien zieht es mir


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