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Jay Nordlinger

Jay Nordlinger has written about music for The New Criterion since 2000. He is a senior editor of National Review and a fellow of the National Review Institute. Since 2002, he has hosted a series of public interviews at the Salzburg Festival. He does a podcast with Mona Charen called Need to Know. He also does a podcast called Q&A. In 2011, he filmed The Human Parade, with Jay Nordlinger, a TV series bringing hour-long interviews with various personalities.

He is the author of two books from Encounter: Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World and Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. National Review Books has published two collections of Nordlinger’s writings: Here, There & Everywhere and Digging In.

A native of Michigan, Nordlinger has long lived in New York. His podcast with The New Criterion, titled “Music for a While,” can be found here.

September 03, 2019

Music for a While: Festival Time

As Jay tells us at the beginning, he has been reviewing from two summer festivals: the Mostly Mozart Festival (New York) and the Salzburg Festival, in Mozart’s hometown. He discusses and plays a variety of music performed at these festivals: Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Enescu—and Mozart, for sure.

Tracks played:

Mozart, Overture to The Magic Flute

Mendelssohn, Variations sérieuses

Beethoven, Violin Concerto

Enescu, Octet

Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595

Handel, “Tornami a vagheggiar,” from Alcina

Handel, “Verdi prati,” from Alcina

Haydn, Symphony No. 88

July 17, 2019

Music for a While: The best song ever written

Or rather, three nominees. Plus, Gerard Schwarz, the trumpeter/conductor whom Jay interviewed recently on his “Q&A” (here). This episode provides beauty, wonder, excitement, controversy, solace—it’s music.

Haydn, Trumpet Concerto, final movement, Gerard Schwarz et al.

Piston, Symphony No. 4, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz

Stölzel, “Bist du bei mir,” Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gerald Moore

Caccini, “Amarilli,” Janet Baker et al.

Mahler, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,” Christa Ludwig et al.


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