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Mad About Music

Genre: Classical
Length: 58:30 minutes
Frequency: 52 weeks
DELIVERY TYPE: ContentDepot File transfer and CD

Executive Producer/Host: Gilbert Kaplan
Producers: Heidi Bryson and Marcela Silva

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to announce our offering of one-hour series of Mad About Music with host, Gilbert Kaplan.

For more than 10 years Mad About Music has delved into the musical heart of some of the world’s most celebrated and influential personalities. Originally airing in New York on WNYC and WQXR, Mad About Music will be syndicated for broadcast starting April 1, 2014.

The guest list for the show 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.

Created and hosted by Gilbert Kaplan, Mad About Music’s format is part interview, 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.

“Gilbert Kaplan is an ideal host for Mad About Music combining considerable interviewing skills with a grand passion for music,” said WNYC/WQXR radio president and CEO Laura Walker.

Mad About Music is available free of charge to all stations for 1 broadcast each week!

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email:, Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112, email:, or David Sims at 773-279-2027, email:

Broadcast Schedule - Summer 2014

Please Note:  Each guest picks one piece of music that is neither classical nor operatic, i.e jazz, rock, etc.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-14
RELEASE:  July 1, 2014

Astrophysicist MARTIN REES on broadcasting music into outer-space 
There may be people far away on planets orbiting other stars.  I guess they can't hear this music.  When Voyager was developed, there was this idea to include a compilation of music.  I don't remember what was on it but there was certainly a Beethoven quartet and some Chuck Berry.

Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20.  Scherzo.  Emerson String Quartet.  DG B0003888.
Chopin: Polonaise No. 3 in A "Military". Arthur Rubinstein. RCA 9026-63048-2.
Paulus: "Hymn to the Eternal Flame". Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Stephen Layton. Hyperion CDA67832.
Fauré: Requiem "In Paradisum". New Philharmonia Orchestra.  Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Sir David Willcocks. John Wells, organ. EMI 3 79989 2.

Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37  "Sabbath Morning at Sea" [Excerpt]. London Philharmonic Orchestra.  Vernon Handley. Janet Baker, contralto. LPO 0046.
Vangelis: Chariots of Fire. Polygram 800 020-2.
Strauss: Four Last Songs  "Beim Schlafengehn". Houston Symphony Orchestra.  Christoph Eschenbach. Renée Fleming, soprano. RCA 9026-68539-2.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-15
RELEASE:  July 8, 2014

Author STUART WOODS on the power of Bernstein's Mahler Nine
One of the great musical experiences of my life was hearing Leonard Bernstein conduct Mahler's Ninth at Lincoln Center. That was overwhelming. You would have thought that Bernstein was about to die when he finished it. He was dripping with sweat, he was exhausted, his arms were hanging limpet his sides, and he looked positively relieved, as if he had just gotten into heaven.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 "Pastoral". First movement [excerpt]. Vienna Philharmonic. Claudio Abbado. Deutsche Grammophon 445 542-2.
Lehár: The Land of Smiles "My Whole Heart is Yours". Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Zubin Mehta. Plácido Domingo. Decca  430 433-2.
George Gershwin: Prelude II.  Dave Grusin, piano. GRP Records IN02-GRD-2005.
Thomas "Fats" Waller: "The Jitterbug Waltz". Arr. by Michel Legrand. Philips 830 074-2.
George Gershwin:  Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra. Third movement [excerpt]. New York Philharmonic. André Kostelanetz. Oscar Levant, piano. CBS MK 42514.
Mahler:Symphony No. 9. Third movement [excerpt]. Concertgebouw Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein. Deutsche Grammophon 419 208-2.
Puccini: Tosca "Nessun dorma". Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Zubin Mehta. Luciano Pavarotti. London 430 433-2.

PROGRAM #  MAD 14-16
RELEASE:  July 15, 2014

Film Director WILLIAM FRIEDKIN on discovering classical music 
There was something very strange emanating from the radio that I had never heard before.  It sounded otherworldly.  It sounded like it was coming from the planets or somewhere else.  And it was a performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.  And it just completely captivated me.  I stopped driving, I pulled over to the side and listened to this, and it was an absolutely life-changing experience.

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps.  (Excerpt - concluding minutes)  The London Philharmonic, Kent Nagano.  Virgin Classics VCK791511.
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 'The Year 1905'.  (Excerpt from Second Movement)  London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich.  LSO Live  LSO0030.
Prokofiev: Toccata, op. 11  Martha Argerich, piano.  Deutsche Grammophon 447 430.
Bach: Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147.  (Choral: "Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude" ["Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"])  Dinu Lipatti, piano.  "Great Recordings of The Century". Angel Classics 67003
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67  (Fourth Movement)  Vienna Philharmonic, Carlos Kleiber.  Musical Heritage 514501M.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-17
RELEASE:  July 22, 2014

Former Israel Prime Minister EHUD BARAK on playing Chopin just before meeting Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
I met Arafat for the first time in my life when I was a foreign minister.  I had to wait some half an hour.  I looked around and I saw a very lovely brown grand piano.  So I sat down, I ordered my security guy to be close enough to the door to avoid surprises and I played the Military Polonaise of Chopin.  In the middle of it, the security man noted to me, "Arafat is coming."  I found myself stopping it immediately, closing the piano and running to the entrance and this was my first meeting with Arafat.

Mendelssohn:  Lieder ohne Worte [Songs without Words].  Opus 30, No. 3 in E major. "Consolation".  Daniel Barenboim, piano.  Deutsche Grammophon 5263727.
Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35.  Second Movement. Philadelphia Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy; Isaac Stern, violin.  SONY SMK 66 829.
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23, Op. 57 in F minor "Appassionata".  Third Movement.  Murray Perahia, piano.  CBS Records / Masterworks MK39344.
Scott Joplin:  Piano Rags. "The Entertainer".  Joshua Rifkin, Piano.  Elektra / Nonesuch 9 79159-2.
Bach/Charles Gounod: Lyrics: Noa  "Ave Maria".  From NOA.  Achinoam Nini (aka Noa).  Geffen GEFD-24619.   
Mahler:  Symphony No. 8 in E flat major  "Symphony of a Thousand".  "Chorus Mysticus". Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti; Vienna Boys' Choir; Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna Singverein; Heather Harper, Lucia Popp & Arleen Auger, sopranos; Yvonne Minton & Helen Watts, contraltos; René Kollo, tenor; John Shirley-Quirk, baritone; Martti Talvela, bass.  Musical Heritage Society 514500W. 
P. Anka, C. François, J. Revaux, G. Thibault: "My Way" from Sinatra Reprise:  The Very Good Years.  Frank Sinatra.  Reprise Records 9-26501-2.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-18
RELEASE:  July 29, 2014

Editor FAREED ZAKARIA on the power of Puccini's Turandot
I remember Pavarotti singing "Nessun dorma!" from Turandot which has this one line: "Il mio mistero accuse elmero," my secret is locked up in me-there's something very moving about the lyrics, the music. It's the kind of thing that you listen to late at night, when somebody's broken your heart. It's the kind of thing you listen to when perhaps you've had one glass of wine too many. Even today, even though I've heard it hundreds and thousands of times, it still moves me.

Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84.  Excerpt from Overture. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  Wilhelm Furtwängler.  Classica D'Oro 1014.   
Mozart: Don Giovanni.  "Il mio tesoro intanto"  Jussi Björling.  Frederick Schauwecker, Piano.  "Live" at Carnegie Hall (September 1955).  RCAVictor Red Seal 53231.   
Puccini: Turandot.  "Nessun dorma!"  London Philharmonic.  Zubin Mehta.  Luciano Pavarotti.  John Alldis Choir.  London 443821.
Mahler:  Das Lied von der Erde. Excerpt from "Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde."  Philharmonia Orchestra and New Philharmonia Orchestra.  Otto Klemperer.  Christa Ludwig.  Fritz Wunderlich.  EMI 5 66944. 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"  Excerpt.  Alfred Brendel.  Vox SPJ90107.   
Lata Mangeshkar: "Allah Tero Naam, Ishwar Tero Naam".  World Music Network RGNET 1132. 
Haydn: The Creation, H21 no. 2.  Excerpt.  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Singverein.  Herbert von Karajan.  Gundula Janowitz, Soprano.  Walter Berry, Bass.  Deutsche Grammophon 289449 761.  

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-19
RELEASE:  August 5, 2014

Conductor MARISS JANSONS on how to avoid problems with orchestras
First, I think, you should know what you really want, how this piece should sound. You should have an interpretation model and you should know the sound model. You must come prepared completely 100%, and know what you want from your musicians. When you start too much improvisation, people feel, oh, he's not sure, you immediately lose your authority.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, OP. 92. Berliner Philharmoniker. Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon 439 003-2.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E major, OP. 39. Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Mariss Jansons. Sony 93538.
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, OP. 40. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mariss Jansons. RCO Live 04005.
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite. London Symphony Orchestra. Leopold Stokowski. Decca 475 150-2
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Mstislav Rostropovich. EMI Classics 5 67779 2.
Ella Fitzgerald: "Stairway to the Stars" Verve B0002690-02.
Mahler:  Symphony No. 1 in D major. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein. Deutsche Grammophon 427 303-2.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-20
RELEASE:  August 12, 2014

Director of the Museum of Modern Art GLENN LOWRY on the need to take musical risks
There are the rare moments when a performer gets an insight that compels us to rethink the way we understand a work. And one of the great examples of that, to me at least, is Glenn Gould's performance of the Piano Concert No. 1 by Brahms in a recording that is absolutely mesmerizing. We should always give our sympathy, our understanding to performers who are willing to take risks.

Mozart:   Don Giovanni.  Overture.  Philharmonia Orchestra.  Carlo Maria Giulini.  Joan Sutherland, Luigi Alva, Eberhard Wächter, Giuseppe Taddei.  EMI 5 67873.
Thomas Tallis:   Spem in alium.  The Sixteen.  Harry Christophers. CORSACD 16016. 
Brahms:   Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15.  Excerpt.  New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  Leonard Bernstein.  Glenn Gould.  Sony Classical 60675.
Nick Drake:   "River Man."  Universal-Island 842915.
Wagner:   Tannhäuser.  "O du mein holder Abendstern" ["Song to the Evening Star"]  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  James Levine.  Bryn Terfel.  Deutsche Grammophon 445866. 
Bizet:   Les Pêcheurs de Perles [The Pearl Fishers].  Excerpt.  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Renato Cellini. Jussi Björling. Robert Merrill.  BMG Classics 7799. 

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-21
RELEASE:  August 19, 2014

Surgeon THOMAS SCULCO on meeting Vladimir Horowitz 
And I'll never forget this, he extended his hand to me and I looked at him and I said, "Mr. Horowitz, aren't you concerned that I might crush your fingers by shaking your hand?"  And he looked at me and said, "Well, Dr. Sculco, you're a surgeon, aren't you?"  I said "Yes."  He said, "Well, you have as much respect for your hands as I have for mine, so I have no problem shaking your hands."

Mozart:   Symphony No. 40 in G minor, L.550. First movement. Sir Charles Mackerras. Prague Chamber Orchestra. Telarc 80139.
Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E flat. Third movement. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Sir Neville Marriner. Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet. Philips 420 203-2
Rachmaninoff:   Prelude in G major, Op. 32 No. 5. Vladimir Horowitz, piano. Deutsche Grammophon 419 499-2.
Traditional Neapolitan Song:  "Core 'ngrato". Giuseppe Di Stefano, soloist. Testament SBT 1097. 
Bruckner:   Symphony No. 8 in C minor. Third movement [excerpt]. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon 427 611-2.
Wagner: Siegfried  [excerpt]. Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival. Clemens Krauss. Wolfgang Windgassen, tenor; Astrid Varnay, soprano. GL 100 653 ADD.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-22
RELEASE:  August 26, 2014

Soprano DIANA DAMRAU on singing duets with her 6-year old brother
I received as a Christmas present a CD of Turandot with Sutherland, Caballé and Pavarotti. And with my little brother, he was six years old, and I was six years older than him, we sang Turandot up and down the duets. Our neighbors were at the windows, listening and watching and trying to figure out what happened to these children? It was wonderful.

Mozart:   Die Zauberflöte  "Der Hölle Rache". Le Cercle de l'Harmonie. Jérémie Rhorer. Diana Damrau, soprano. Virgin 0946 3 95250.
Salieri :   L'Europa riconosciuta  "Numi, respiro…Ah, lo sento" [excerpt]. Le Cercle de l'Harmonie. Jérémie Rhorer. Diana Damrau, soprano. Virgin 0946 3 95250.
Puccini :   Turandot  "Principessa di morte". London Philharmonic Orchestra. Zubin Mehta. Joan Sutherland, soprano. Luciano Pavarotti, tenor. London 414 274-2.
Grieg:   Peer Gynt Suites  "Morning Mood". Berlin Philharmonic. Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon 439 010-2.
Michael Jackson:  "Thriller" [excerpt]. Epic 66073.
Poulenc:   Gloria  "Qui seds ad dexteram Patris" [excerpt]. Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Seiji Ozawa. Kathleen Battle, soprano. Deutsche Grammophon 427 304-2.
Chopin:   "Revolutionary Etude". Vladimir Horowitz, piano. CBS MK 42306.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-23
RELEASE:  September 2, 2014

Banker STEPHEN SCHWARTZMAN on total immersion into classical music
Between my sophomore and junior year in college I had been playing touch football and I slipped, fell down, and separated my shoulder. So I wasn't going to be able to have any activity that summer. So I decided to take on a project of learning classical music.  I decided to listen to literally every composer and I started with Gregorian chants.

Gregorian Chant:  "Gloria".  Benedictine Monks of St. Michael's de Laudes.  Dom Julio Fernandez.  The Monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Benoit.  Albert Rhuland.  The Ambrosian Singers.  Denis Stevens.  Cobra 14164. 
Tchaikovsky:   Swan Lake  [excerpt].  Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. Valery Gergiev.  Decca 074 3216.
Brahms:   Concerto for Violin and Orchestra [last movement].  Philadelphia Orchestra.  Eugene Ormandy.  Isaac Stern.  Sony Classical 89835. 
Bee Gees:   "Stayin' Alive".  Bee Gees.  Reprise R2 162748.  
Rod Stewart/Martin Quittenton:  "Maggie May".  Rod Stewart.  Spectrum 5311170. 
Beethoven:   Symphony No. 9 "Choral" [conclusion].  London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  Bernard Haitink.  Twyla Robinson, Karen Cargill, John Mac Master, Gerald Finley. LSO0592.

PROGRAM #: MAD 14-24
RELEASE:  September 9, 2014

Architect RAFAEL VIÑOLY on Martha Argerich's "ownership" of Chopin
Chopin Preludes have an enormous well of extraordinary interpreters in history. But for me, Martha Argerich is the epitome of interpretation for my taste. It is a very rare occasion when a pianist really appropriates the ownership of the music in a way that goes beyond interpretation, and I think that Martha plays these pieces as if she had composed them.

Chopin:  Preludes (24) for Piano, op. 28.  [Nos. 8, 10, & 16]  Martha Argerich, piano.  Deutsche Grammophon 431 584-2.
Berlioz :  Le Spectre de la rose.   Songs for voice & piano or orchestra (Les Nuits d'eté), H. 83, Op. 7/2.  New Philharmonia Orchestra.  Sir John Barbirolli.  Dame Janet Baker, mezzo.  EMI Classics Double Fforte # 72640.
Berio:    Thema (Omaggio a Joyce).
Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37.  [Second Movement]  Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Sir Georg Solti.  Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano.  London 443723-2.
Anibal Troilo and Roberto Grela:  "Madame Ivonne"  [Tango]  RCA Victor Argentina 74321 24418-2.
Brahms:   Trio for Violin, Horn  & Piano in E flat major, op. 40.   [Second Movement]  Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano.  Itzhak Perlman, violin.  Barry Tuckwell, horn.  DECCA 452 887-2.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-25
RELEASE:  September 16, 2014

Best-selling author KEN FOLLETT on happiness and Mozart
When I think about what we do as creative artists in my more optimistic moments, I think what we do is create happiness. If you had to pick the person who has brought the most happiness to the most people in the history of the human race, it would have to be Mozart. All those tunes, such good tunes, such a variety of tunes.  Mozart is probably the greatest man ever, in my pantheon. His music is like a fix, there's a rush. It makes you want to jump up and say, "Yes! Life is just terrific, isn't it? Thank you, Mozart!"

Handel: Messiah.  Excerpt.  Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields.  Sir Neville Marriner.  Jerry Hadley.  Philips 434 695-2. 
Willie Dixon: "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man".  Stranger than Fiction Album.  Ken Follett (lead vocal, bass, acoustic guitar).  Oglio Records OGL 82001-2.
Beethoven: Für Elise.  Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano.  Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Sir Georg Solti.  London 443 723-2.
Bach: Lute Suite No. 4 in E major, BWV 1006a.  Prélude.  (Arr. John Williams).  John Williams, Guitar.  Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla.  José Buenagu, Conductor.  Sony Classical SK 53 359.
Poulenc :  La Grenouillère.  Felicity Lott, Soprano.  Pascal Rogé, Piano.  Decca 458 859-2.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney:   "Because".  John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (a cappella).   Apple / Capitol CDP 7243 8 34451 2.
Mozart: Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216.  First Movement.  Gidon Kremer, Violin.  Vienna Philharmonic.  Nikolaus Harnoncourt.  Deutsche Grammophon 453 043-2.

PROGRAM #:  MAD 14-26
RELEASE:  September 23, 2014

Attorney ALAN DERSHOWITZ on discovering opera at the Met for 50 cents
Early in my life, I fell in love with opera. For a nickel, I got right on the train in Borough Park in Brooklyn, and I was at 40th Street and the Metropolitan Opera in no time at all. In those days, if you had a score of the opera with you, you could get in for $.50. I couldn't read music, but I went to the library, the public library, and I borrowed scores of operas and was given chairs with lights over them. I must have gone to fifteen or twenty operas that way and I just fell in love with the Met and continue to go to opera all the time.

Tchaikovsky:   Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.  Fourth Movement: Coda. Vienna Philharmonic.  Valery Gergiev.  Philips 289 462 905. 
George Gershwin:   Porgy & Bess.  "Summertime." Masterworks Heritage Opera Series. 1951 Studio Recording conducted by Lehman Engel.  June McMechen.  Sony MH2K 63322.     
Verdi:    Don Carlo  "Dio, che nell'alma infondere amor." Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra.  Carlo Maria Giulini.  Sherill Milnes.  Placido Domingo.  EMI 585746. 
Mahler:    Symphony No. 2 in C minor. Fifth Movement, excerpt.  Vienna Philharmonic. Gilbert Kaplan.  Wiener Singverein.  Latonia Moore.  Nadja Michael.  Deutsche Grammophon 474380.
Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky:  "Akavya Ben Mahalalel". Greater Recording Company 450.  
Beethoven:    In questa tomba oscura, WoO 133.  Arietta for voice and piano (or orchestra). Philharmonia Orchestra.  Pierino Gamba.  Luciano Pavarotti.  Decca 289467920. 
Verdi:    Requiem.  Excerpt.  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  Herbert von Karajan.  Wiener Singverein.  Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Carlo Cossutta and Nicolai Ghiaurov.  Deutsche Grammophon 437473.