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A monthly review of the arts and intellectual life. Interviews, poetry readings, musical criticism, and more.

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    Music for a While #52: Strains of Salzburg

    Music for a While #52: Strains of Salzburg

    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

    • 38 min
    James Panero on “New worlds”

    James Panero on “New worlds”

    James Panero, the Executive Editor of The New Criterion, reads the essay “New worlds,” his reflections on a discovery of fifteenth-century Venetian glass beads in Alaska, from the September issue.

    • 13 min
    Music for a While #51: From Mozart to Borge

    Music for a While #51: From Mozart to Borge

    The opening piece, Jay says is one of the most joyous, most exuberant pieces ever written. It is a movement of a symphony, actually—the finale. Jay closes this program with Victor Borge, the musician-comedian, or comedian-musician—but in a serious vein. There is much to soak in, in this relatively brief program. Maybe the kind to listen to twice.

    Mozart, Symphony No. 34 in C, K. 338, finale
    Rorem, “Ferry Me Across the Water”
    Bach-Loussier, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
    Henriques, Lullaby

    • 29 min
    Roger Kimball introduces the September issue

    Roger Kimball introduces the September issue

    Roger Kimball, the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion, discusses highlights of the April 2021 issue and reads from its opening pages.

    • 17 min
    Music for a While #50: Pieces from all over

    Music for a While #50: Pieces from all over

    It is characteristic of this podcast to contain a variety of music. But this episode is exceptionally diverse, with music by George Walker, Lili Boulanger, and Florence Price, to go with music by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Hindemith. Jay lays it out for you. Interesting and rewarding musical terrain.

    Walker, “Lyric for Strings”

    Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, last movement

    Mozart, Serenade No. 10 in B flat for winds, “Gran Partita”

    Boulanger, Lili, “D’un vieux jardin,” from “Trois Morceaux”

    Price, “Ethiopia’s Shadow in America”

    Hindemith, “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber,” March

    • 41 min
    Music for a While #49: Sparks

    Music for a While #49: Sparks

    “Care to romp around in some Romantic piano music?” asks Jay. “Virtuosic Romantic piano music? High-quality salon stuff? Well, that’s what we’re going to do.” Jay gives us a program of the talented, witty, dashing Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925). The final piece is maybe Moszkowski’s best loved: “Étincelles,” or “Sparks.”

    Music of Moritz Moszkowski

    Étude de Virtuosité in F, Op. 72, No. 6

    “Chanson bohème”

    “Caprice espagnole”

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in E, Op. 59

    Étude de Virtuosité in A flat, Op. 72, No. 11

    “Guitarre,” arr. Sarasate

    “Étincelles”

    • 35 min

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