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Jay Nordlinger

August 03, 2022

Music for a While #63: Little things, big things

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This episode begins with Mozart—a movement from a piano sonata. It ends with a popular song, from the mid-1950s: “Little Things Mean a Lot.” In between are wonders and curiosities—including the Orientalist song on which the James Bond theme is based.

Mozart, Allegretto from Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330

The Star-Spangled Banner,” arranged by Stravinsky

The Tahiti Trot,” an arrangement by Shostakovich of “Tea for Two”

Norman, Monty, “Bad Sign, Good Sign

Norman, Monty, “The James Bond Theme

Stutz-Lindeman, “Little Things Mean a Lot

June 28, 2022

Music for a While #62: Beyond the sabre

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Jay presents a program of music by Aram Khachaturian. You get the “Sabre Dance,” sure, from the ballet Gayane. But plenty more, too. Very interesting fellow, Khachaturian.

All tracks by Aram Kachaturian

Waltz from Masquerade (orchestra)

Suite from Gayane

Adagio from Spartacus

Waltz from Masquerade (piano)

Piano Concerto

Violin Concerto

June 14, 2022

Music for a While #61: “Just about the best thing ever”

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Sometimes Jay indulges in hyperbole—but the hyperbole is not far off. In this episode, he calls Dawn Upshaw’s 1989 recording of “No word from Tom” (Stravinsky) “just about the best thing ever.” You may well agree. He begins the episode with another “just about the best thing ever”: Leontyne Price in “Summertime” (Gershwin), live in Munich, 1968. Also on the menu are Mozart, Bridge, Medtner, and Szymanowski. A winning line-up.

Gershwin, “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess”

Mozart, String Quartet No. 2 in D major, K. 155

Medtner, Fairy Tale No. 3

Bridge, “Allegro appassionato

Szymanowski, Violin Concerto No. 2

Stravinsky, “No word from Tom” from “The Rake’s Progress”

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