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Mad About Music

Mondays, 11am

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Mad About Music delves into the musical heart of some of the world’s most celebrated and influential personalities.

The show is part interview and part musical performance. Internationally famous guests select five key musical works and discuss why those pieces are important to them. The interviews are always personal–and often humorous—as some of the world’s most famous people reveal aspects of their personalities largely unknown to the public.

The guest list for this season features 52 outstanding personalities including Jimmy Carter; Alan Alda, Valery Gergiev, Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Lionel Barber, Isaac Mizrahi, Tom Brokaw, Renee Fleming, Philippe de Montebello, Will Shortz, Antonin Scalia and Patrick Stewart.

April 7
Former President JIMMY CARTER on the romantic power of music

We went to Sigmund Romberg’s performance of The Student Prince. It was so overwhelming tous to hear this music live, that we, I guess, became a little more romantic than usual, and thatnight we decided to have our first child. So our oldest son Jack was conceived that night after weheard The Student Prince.

Sigmund Romberg: Overture from The Student Prince (Philharmonic Orchestra, John OwenEdwards, conductor) Jay Master Works Edition CDJAY2 1252
Rachmaninoff: 1st mvt from Piano Concerto No. 2 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, FritzReiner, conductor; Arthur Rubinstein, piano) RCA 63035
Puccini: Doretta’s Dream from La Rondine (Mirella Freni) EMI 65163
Francisco Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Andres Segovia, guitar) MCAD 42069
Wagner: Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von
Karajan, conductor; Helga Dernesch, soprano) Musical Heritage 544623T
Glenn Miller: Moonlight Serenade (The Secret Broadcasts) RCA Victor 52290


April 14
Actor & Director ALAN ALDA on discovering Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Nobody said to me, “Listen to this, it’ll do you good.” It wasn’t like eating your vegetables – to me it was ice cream. I loved hearing it and I can still smell the rug as I lay on the floor. I can still smell the electronics in the big cabinet and see the vinyl record going around and that glissando that comes out at the beginning.

Mozart: 1st mvt from Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 (Elysium String Quartet;
Stanley Drucker, clarinet) Elysium Recordings GRK 716
Beethoven: 4th mvt from Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130 from The Late String
Quartets (Guarneri Quartet) RCA Victor Gold Seal 60458-2
Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert
von Karajan, conductor; Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin) Musical Heritage
Society 515322A
Chopin: Mazurka No, 4 in A Minor, Op. 17 (Artur Rubinstein, piano) RCA Red
Seal 7863-55614-2
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor;
Oscar Levant, piano) CBS MK 42514


April 21
Conductor VALERY GERGIEV on facing competition from the past
Believe me, many performers, many artists, if they will be honest enough, they will say that only a portion of what we do is really important, and maybe really successful or really good. I agree that good conductors are critics of themselves. Conductors normally are very egocentric, so they think of themselves of course, very highly, but at the same time, subconscious always tell them, well, there were big people in the past, and they were so big, can we compete? So at least I always feel that we have shortcomings rather than advantages.

Tchaikovsky: 3rd mvt from Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 (Vienna Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev, conductor) Philips 28946 29052
Schubert: 3rd mvt from Symphony No. 9 in C, D 944, Great (Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwangler, conductor) (September 15, 1953 Live
Performance) Music & Arts CD 795
Shostakovich: Excerpt from 4th mvt of Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, Leningrad
(Kirov Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev, conductor) Philips Classics 289 4780 8452
Rimsky-Korsakov: Excerpt from the Finale of Scheherazade, Op. 35 (Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor) Philips 289 470 840-2
Tchaikovsky: Trepak from The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergiev,
conductor) Philips 289 462 114-2
Solovyev-Sedoy: Moscow Nights


April 28
Former Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE on President Bush and music
The President and I don’t have the same musical tastes, I’m afraid. He does love music. I like Country-Western too, which is what he likes very, very much. But he knows that it’s very important to me and he even asks me once in a while, well, are you playing the piano, because he knows it’s a very centering experience for me.

Mozart: 3rd mvt from Concerto No. 2, K. 466 (RCA Victor Symphony, Alfred
Wallenstein, conductor; Arthur Rubinstein, piano) RCA Victor Gold Seal
7967-2-RG
Beethoven: Excerpt from Christ on the Mount of Olives (Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart
& Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling, conductor; Maria Venuti,
soprano; Keith Lewis, tenor; Michel Brodard, bass) Musical Heritage
Society 5261121
Brahms: Excerpt from Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn for Two Pianos,
Op. 56b (Sir Georg Solti & Murray Perahia, pianos) CBS Records
Masterworks MK 42625
Beethoven: 2nd mvt from Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 (Chicago Symphony,
Sir Georg Solti, conductor) London Records 430 400 2
Brahms: 3rd mvt from Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 (John Browning, piano;
Krista Bennion Feeney, violin; Mayuki Fukuhara, violin; Louise
Schulman, viola; Daire Fitzgerald, cello) Music Masters Classics 67161-2


May 5
Sex Therapist DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER on sex and music
I don’t like music background -- not during sex or not during talking about sex. I want everybody to concentrate on the lovemaking. It also permits fantasies to be developed if you don’t have background music.

Brahms: Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gut Nacht, Op. 49, No. 4 (Lullaby) (Boston
Pops, Artur Fiedler, conductor) RCA 61489
Mozart: 1st mvt from Serenade in G, KV 525, Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Academy
of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, conductor) Philips 464002
Haydn: Excerpt from Quartet for Strings in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, Emperor
(Emerson String Quartet) Deutsche Grammophon 445598
Das Lied der Deutschen (Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Breiner, conductor) Naxos / Marco Polo 8.225321
John Williams: Hatikvah (The Hope) (John Williams, conductor) “Munich” soundtrack
Decca 609302
Excerpt from Rejoice Ye with Jerusalem (Hungarian State Orchestra, Noam Sheriff, conductor; Cantor Joseph Malovany, tenor) Israel Music Beethoven: Excerpt from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral (New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conductor; New York Choral Artists; Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano; Margaret Price, soprano; Jon Vickers, tenor; Matti Salminen, bass) RCA 60477
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera (Original Cast Recording, Michael Crawford, soloist) Polydor 831 563-2


May 12
Editor of the Financial Times, LIONEL BARBER on how music can make him cry
If you’re a journalist you need to have a fairly hard-nosed, hard-headed view of the world. But, I would say, sometimes Mozart, sometimes an opera like Tosca at the end, probably Callas - Maria Callas could bring me to tears.

Wagner: Excerpt from Das Rheingold (Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Georg Solti,
conductor) Decca 455 556
Beethoven: 2nd mvt from Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor (Richard Goode, piano)
Elektra/Nonesuch 979211
Verdi: Ah, la paterna mano from Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1 (Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Claudio Abbado, conductor; Placido Domingo, tenor)
DG 449732
Schubert: Excerpt from Fantasy for Piano in C Major, Wanderer-Fantasie (Maurizio
Pollini, piano) DG 4474512
Mozart: 1st mvt from Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major (English Chamber
Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, conductor and pianist) EMI 572930
Kris Kristofferson/
Fred Foster: Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin) Columbia C2K 87131


May 19
Fashion Designer ISAAC MIZRAHI meets a psychic
I grew up playing Mozart very easily. Like if the piano teacher would give a lesson of Mozart, like falling off a log, I would just play it. Once, in LA, I was having this psychic reading and he said, “Oh, you play the piano. Is that right?” And I said, “Yes.” He said, “Who taught you to play the piano?” I said, “Well, I had a teacher.” “No, no, no, here’s who taught you how to play the piano. Mozart taught you how to play. He was in love with you.”

Bach: Andante from Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971 (Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano) Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga MK 418013
Stravinsky: Part 1 of Symphony of Psalms (CBS Symphony Orchestra, Irog Stravinsky, conductor; The Festival Singers of Toronto) CBS
Masterworks 42434
Mozart: Come scoglio from Cosi fan tutte, K 588 (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, György Fischer, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, soprano)
London/Decca 443452
Ravel: Danse Generale from Daphnis et Chloe (Montreal Symphony Orchestra
and choir, Charles Dutoit, conductor) Decca 289 458 605
Shostakovich: Allegretto from Concerto for Cello No. 1, Op. 107 (Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov, conductor; Natalia Gutman, cello) RCA
Victor Red Seal 7918
Britten: Interlude 1 from Peter Grimes (Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Colin Davis, conductor; Jon Vickers, et. Al.)
Philips 289 462 847
Bach: Dona nobis pacem from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Concentus Musicus
Wien, Nickolaus Harnoncourt, conductor; Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Angela Maria Blasi; Delores Ziegtler; Jadwiga Rappe; Kurt Equiluz; Robert Holl) Teldec 8573-81149
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds Capitol 72435-26266


May 26
NBC News personality TOM BROKAW on music for his funeral
There’s a song that I suspect I would like to have played at my funeral and it’s called
Shenandoah. It’s the tale of a man who pines for the daughter of Shenandoah, who was a famous Iowa chief. That song speaks to me about where I come from, about the Missouri River especially – I was raised on it, and about the Great Plains.

J.S. Bach: Cantata, Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, BWV 50 (Bach Ensemble;
Helmuth Rilling) Hanssler Classic 98857
Joseph Haydn: 3rd mvt from Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, conductor; Barry Tuckwell, horn) London 430633
Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson (English Chamber Orchestra, Barry
Rose, conductor; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa; Crispian Steele-Perkins, trumpet) EMI 57231
Mozart: 2nd mvt from Piano Concerto No. 21 in, KV 467 (Academy of St. Martin
in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, conductor; Alfred Brendel, piano) Philips 442269
Mozart: Recordare from Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 (Wiener Philharmoniker;
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Arlene Auger; Cecilia Bartoli; Vinson Cole; Rene Pape) London 433688
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland, conductor) Sony Classical 90403
American Folk Song: Shenandoah (Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Orchestra at Temple Square, Mack Wilberg) MTC 6313


June 2
Soprano RENÉE FLEMING on audiences that boo
Booing is kind of a way of life in certain theaters and in certain houses, and singers can also develop a thick skin, just as we may have to develop a thick skin in regards to reviews. Another thing that has always amazed me is if you go to a baseball game, the insults and the screaming and yelling that comes from the gallery, even from fans. I always think, gosh, these guys, how do they just – do they ignore it? How does this just roll off their backs? So, it really depends on what’s normal for any given theater or any given sport, you know. Opera has been called a “blood sport” as well.

Satie: Gymnopedie No. 3 (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano) Decca 289470290
Massenet: Je marches sur tous le chemins…from Manon (Gavotte) (Renee Fleming,
soprano; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, conductor) Decca 000102402
Crumb: Excerpt: Todas las tardes en Granada, todas las tardes se muere un nino
from Ancient Voices of Children for Mezzo-soprano and Boy Soprano, Oboe, Mandolin, Harp, Electric Piano and Percussionists ()Contemporary Chamber Ensemble; Arthur Weisberg; Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; Michael Dash, Boy Soprano) Nonesuch 79149
Bellini: Excerpt: Ah!...se una volta sola and Ah! Non credea mirarti from La
Sonnambula (Renee Fleming soprano; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Patrick Summers, conductor; Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus) Decca 467101
Strauss: Beim Schlafengehn from Four Last Songs (Renee Fleming, soprano;
Houston Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor) RCA Victor Red Seal 68539
Brad Mehldau: When it Rains (Brad Mehldau, piano) Warner Brothers 48114


June 9
Former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, PHILIPPE DE MONTEBELLO, on
playing Schubert’s slow movements

I can play the right hand of a lot of, let’s say, slow pieces of music. And one of the great moments of solace for me at the end of a long day, I sit at the piano and I just play for myself the slow movements of Schubert. So, this to me is music, in which I have a direct participation and really goes deep into the soul.

Brahms: 3rd mvt from Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 (John Browning, piano) Music Masters Classics 1612 67161-2
Schubert: 2nd mvt from Sonata in A Major, D. 959 (Alfred Brendel, piano) Philips 438 703-2
Rachmaninoff: 1st mvt from Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 (RCA Victor Symphony
Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, conductor) Vladimir Horowitz, piano) RCA Victor 7754
J.S. Bach: Excerpt from Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould, piano) CBS Records /
Masterworks MK 37779
Pastora Pavón Cruz: Siguiriya (Pastora Pavón Cruz, also known as La Nina de los Peines)
Arete Flamenco Vol. 7, Mandala / Harmonisa Mundi S.A. MAN 4856; HMCD 78


June 16
New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor WILL SHORTZ on Opera in the Puzzles
The most popular one is Aida: its four letters, three of which are vowels. There’s an on-line database of words and names that show up in crosswords and Aida is the most popular opera there: it showed up in the database 121 times. The next most popular was Tosca at 58; Otello at 29; and you know, more familiar operas like Fidelio shows up only seven times, and La Traviata, which everyone knows, didn’t show up at all.

Verdi: Triumphal March from Aida (Rome Opera Theater Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, conductor) Decca 289 466 966
Telemann: 1st & 2nd mvts from Concerto in C Minor for Oboe, Strings and Basso
Continuo (English Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Indermuhle, oboe and conductor) Brilliant Classics 99677
Puccini: Vissi d’arte from Tosca (Orchestre de L’Opera National de Lyon, Kent Nagano, conductor; Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano) Erato 0630-17071
Thomas Arne: Rule Britannia from Alfred (English String Orchestra, William Boughton, conductor; Edmund Barham, tenor; Leeds Festival Chorus) Nimbus
Records NI 7067/8
Bach: 1st mvt from Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Major, BWV 1042
(English Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Schneider, conductor; Isaac
Stern, violin) Sony Classical SMK 66 471
Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave, Op. 31 (Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi,
conductor) Deutsche Grammophon 429984
Electric Light Orchestra: Do Ya Epic/Legacy EK 89072


June 23
Supreme Court Justice ANTONIN SCALIA on music to play while writing opinions
The best is Bach. It doesn’t intrude and it’s very orderly. I truly believe it. It sets your mind in order and I think some other music disorders your mind, confuses it.

R. Strauss: Is halt vorbei from Act III of Der Rosenkavalier (Philharmonia Orchestra
& Chorus, Herbert vonKarajan, conductor) EMI 7 49354 2
Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid (Joshua Bell, violin; Paul Coker, piano) Decca D 112473
Handel: Il Trionfo del Temp e del Disinganno (The Triumph of Time and Disillusionment) / Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa (Leave the Thorn, Pluck the Rose) (Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli) Decca B0005151-02
William Boyce: 3RD mvt from Symphony No. 1 (The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, conductor) Archiv 419 631-2
Brahms: Excerpt from Ein Deutsches Requiem (Orchestre Revolutionnaire et
Romantique, John Eliot Garnier, conductor) Monteverdi Choir) Philips D 115329
The Chords: Sh-Boom (James Edwards, James Keyes, Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster,
Floyd McRae, vocalists) Flashback R2 72716


June 30
Actor PATRICK STEWART on Elgar and 9/11
I just wanted to stay with the feelings of that extraordinary last movement it induced. And after a time, 15 minutes or so, I flipped on the radio to hear the very end of a news broadcast about the tragedy and disaster at the World Trade Center. Those things have become so interconnected, the Elgar and the feelings that I experienced that day, and in some way, the emotion, the compassion, and the intensity of the disturbance, that is so redolent in Elgar’s great work, will live with me for all time, associated with that terrible day.

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, No. 46, Morning Song (Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan, conductor) Deutsche Grammophon 419 474-20
William Alwyn: Excerpt from Pastoral Fantasia for Viola and String Orchestra (City of
London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox, conductor; Stephen Tees, viola) Chandos 9065
Berlioz: Nuit d’ivresse et d’extase infinite from Act IV of Les Troyens (Orchestra
of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis, conductor; Jon Vickers, tenor; Josephine Veasey mezzo-soprano) Decca 473 923-2
André Previn: Excerpt from Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (London Symphony
Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor) RCA BL12855
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31, Pastoral (The Boyd Neel
String Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, conductor; Peter Pears, tenor; Dennis Brain, horn) Decca 468 801-2
Elgar: Excerpt from Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63 (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, conductor) London Decca 443856
Billy Mayhew: It’s a Sin (To Tell a Lie) (Brent Spiner; back-up vocals by Le Var Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stew

 


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