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Jay Nordlinger, music critic of The New Criterion, talks music – but, more important, plays music. A variety of music, mostly classical, that makes life sweeter, livelier, and richer.

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Jay Nordlinger, music critic of The New Criterion, talks music – but, more important, plays music. A variety of music, mostly classical, that makes life sweeter, livelier, and richer.

    Time, timelessness, etc.

    Time, timelessness, etc.

    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 […]

    25. Sons, daughters, and others

    25. Sons, daughters, and others

    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 […]

    24. Springtime, round two

    24. Springtime, round two

    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, […]

    Springtime

    Springtime

    Jay has seven pieces—songs, an opera aria, a piano piece, a violin sonata, and a violin concerto. All in honor of spring. It has sprung, whether the pandemic likes it or not. Happy spring, everyone. Tracks played: Vivaldi, “Spring,” from “The Four Seasons” Hahn, “Le Printemps” Beethoven, “Spring” Sonata Saint-Saëns, “Printemps qui commence,” from “Samson and […]

    22. Music as Balm—and Delight

    22. Music as Balm—and Delight

    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, […]

    21. A Little Program for Kids (and Their Parents, and Others)

    21. A Little Program for Kids (and Their Parents, and Others)

    Lots of parents now have kids at home, in need of schooling. A friend of Jay’s asked him, “Could you put together a little program for my kids?” Here it is: Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, and worthy others. A neat, balanced smattering. For “kids” of all ages. Tracks played: Bach, Prelude in C major, Book […]

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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Pleasant

Jay always offers a pleasant time with pleasant music disc-jockeyed by his pleasant voice.

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Jay - Solid as always

God bless Jay, these are a joy. Thank you Sir.

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Christmas music

Much as I admire Elizabeth Schwartzkopf's voice, her Christmas album -- like that of many other fine operatic luminaries -- is marred by the overblown arrangements for orchestra and chorus. This criticism does not apply to the Leontyne Price-Karajan version of Silent Night, one of the most beautiful recordings of anything. If you prefer simpler Chrstimas pieces by great singers with unobtrusive arrangements, check out Rita Streich's 1953 recording of the folk song "Maria auf dem Berge."

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