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May 28, 2020

Music for a While #26: Time, timelessness, etc.

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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Jay begins with some festive music: specifically, the “Festive Overture” of Shostakovich. He has a showtune: “Some Other Time.” He has an Aretha Franklin hit, about zoomin’. He has a spiritual: “Ain’t Got Time to Die.” Some French organ music. And more. He ends with Karel Ančerl, the great Czech conductor who endured horror and produced much beauty and brilliance.

Tracks played:

Shostakovich, “Festive Overture

Bernstein and Comden & Green, “Some Other Time,” from On the Town

Aretha Franklin et al., “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Trad., “Ain’t Got Time to Die

Guilmant, March on a Theme by Handel

Tchaikovsky, “Garland Waltz” from “Sleeping Beauty”

Mahler, Symphony No. 9, final movement

May 16, 2020

Music for a While #25: Sons, daughters, and others

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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Jay plays some music by a Bach son. There is also Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and other composers. The episode ends with a tribute to Rosalind Elias, the late American mezzo-soprano: the thirteenth and last child of Lebanese immigrants.

Tracks played:

Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Rondo II in C minor

Saint-Saëns, “Aimons-nous

Beethoven, Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major, Op. 3, No. 3, final movement

Hahn, “À Chloris

Dohnányi, Serenade in C

Wolf, “Benedeit die sel’ge Mutter

Tchaikovsky, String Sextet in D minor, “Souvenir de Florence”

Verdi, “Stride la vampa,” from Il trovatore

April 21, 2020

Music for a While #24: Springtime, round two

featuring Jay Nordlinger

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Jay’s previous episode was devoted to music of spring. As he points out, it’s still spring—and there’s a lot of spring music out there. So he goes a second round. This round serves up Schubert, Mahler, Copland, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more. A colorful, happy bouquet.

Tracks played:

Argento, “Spring

Schumann, “Spring” Symphony

Mahler, “Frühlingsmorgen

Mahler, “Der Trunkene im Frühling,” from “Das Lied von der Erde”

Copland, “Appalachian Spring

Schubert, “Frühlingsglaube

Duke, “April in Paris,” Count Basie and His Orchestra

Rodgers & Hammerstein, “It Might As Well Be Spring

April 01, 2020

Music for a While #22: Music as balm—and delight

featuring Jay Nordlinger

The title of this episode pretty much tells its story. Jay plays balm-like music, and delight-giving music—heavy on the Bach. At the beginning of the show, he asks, “Need I say that music is extra-important in these strange and trying times?” He answers, “Of course I don’t.”

Tracks played:

Bach-Petri, “Sheep May Safely Graze

Bach, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

Bach, “Alleluia

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

Haydn, Piano Concerto in D

Elgar, Nimrod Variation

Bach, Bourées from English Suite No. 2 in A minor

Bach, Gigue from English Suite No. 2 in A minor

Ochs, attr. Handel, “Dank sei dir, Herr

Bach, Allegro for keyboard only, Violin Sonata No. 6 in G

Trad., “Give Me Jesus