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Jay Nordlinger

November 18, 2021

Music for a While #54: Joy in music

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Nelson Freire, who passed away this month, said that pianists ought to play with joy. He did. There is a lot of joy in this episode, and sublimity, ethereality, and other qualities to savor. From Wagner to Errol Garner.

Trad., arr. Schindler, “Jasmine Flower

Puccini, “Signore, ascolta,” from “Turandot”

Wagner, “Selig, wie die Sonne meines Glückes lacht,” from “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”

Albéniz-Godowsky, Tango in D major

Kern-Garner, “The Way You Look Tonight

November 04, 2021

Music for a While #53: Songs and memories

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A piece he was writing about soccer, believe it or not, put Jay in mind of a song. So did the title of the latest Bond movie. There have been some passings in music recently: of Carlisle Floyd, Edita Gruberová, and Bernard Haitink. Jay pays tribute to these musicians, and, as usual, to music itself.

Trad., arr. Britten, “Come You Not from Newcastle?

Trad., arr. ?, “Ain’t Got Time to Die

Chopin, Etude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3

Chopin-Melichar, “In mir klingt ein Lied

Floyd, “Ain’t it a pretty night,” from “Susannah”

Bellini, “Casta diva,” from “Norma”

Bruckner, Symphony No. 8

September 22, 2021

Music for a While #52: Strains of Salzburg

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In the current issue of the magazine, Jay has a chronicle on the 2021 Salzburg Festival. In this episode, he plays some of the music he discusses: from Bach to Mozart to Gershwin. (There are seven composers in all.) A marvelous array of pieces and performers.

Bach, Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B flat, Gigue

Handel, “Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa,” from “Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno”

Bach, Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G, Gigue

Mozart, Exsultate, jubilate

Cimara, “Stornello

Gershwin, Preludes

Massenet, “En fermant les yeux,” from “Werther”

Beethoven, Missa solemnis


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