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Jay Nordlinger

February 27, 2024

Music for a While #85: Our leap baby

Rossini was born on February 29, 1792. So Jay doffs his cap to him. We also hear Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, and worthy others (including Dvořák, who knew how to swing).

Rossini, Overture to “La gazza ladra

Schubert, Symphony No. 5, first movement

Ravel, Piano Concerto in D for Left Hand Alone

Dvořák, Symphony No. 7, Scherzo

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

Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Rondo

February 14, 2024

Music for a While #84: A world of (love) songs

A Valentine’s Day special—with music by the likes of Strauss, Poulenc, and Barber, sung by the likes of Jessye Norman, Arleen Auger, and Leontyne Price. A bouquet, a box of candies—a musical present for you.

Trad., arr. Quilter, “Over the Mountains

Strauss, “Traum durch die Dämmerung

Strauss, “Amor

Poulenc, “Fleurs

Koechlin, “Si tu le veux

Prokofiev, Amoroso, from “Cinderella”

Fusté, “Háblame de amores

Donaudy, “O del mio amato ben

Leoncavallo, “Mattinata

Barber, “Nocturne

Wild, Étude on Gershwin’s “Embraceable You”

Bridge, “Love Went A-Riding

January 26, 2024

Music for a While #83: Pieces & people to know

Some rare Prokofiev, some common Prokofiev. An operatic blast from the past (Price and Tucker). A tribute to Colette Maze, a French pianist who has died at 109. Another tribute to Ewa Podleś, the great Polish contralto. A mixture of music, and thoughts, in this episode.

Tchaikovsky, “Miniature Overture” from “The Nutcracker”

Prokofiev, Symphony No. 2

Puccini, Love Duet, “Madama Butterfly”

Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5

Prokofiev, Amoroso from “Cinderella”

Debussy, Arabesque No. 1

Prokofiev, “The Field of the Dead,” from “Alexander Nevsky”

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