August 29, 2023

The New Criterion · Music for a While #79: Flicka-fest

Frederica von Stade—known all over as “Flicka”—is an American mezzo-soprano and one of the greatest singers of our time, or any. Last month, Jay recorded a podcast with her, a “Q&A”: here. She is one of the most versatile singers. What Jay presents here is a sampler.

Mozart, “Ah, perdona al primo affetto,” from “La clemenza di Tito”

Fauré, “La rose

Trad., arr. Britten, “O Waly, Waly,” “Come You Not from Newcastle?,” “Oliver Cromwell”

Rossini, “Bel raggio lusinghier,” from “Semiramide”

Trad., arr. Canteloube, “Baïlèro,” from “Chants d’Auvergne”

Hall, “Jenny Rebecca

Berlioz, “L’île inconnu,” from “Les nuits d’été”

Mahler, Symphony No. 4, last movement

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