Nobody Ever Builds a Statue to a Critic

February 19, 2013, 7:00 pm

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As Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn said, “Don’t pay any attention to the critics – don’t even ignore them.” Bill reminds us: “Sibelius said, ‘They never built a statue for a music critic.’” But instead of pillorying critics for being wrong, Bill goes positive with those who could hear and write clearly about music that not only was good on arrival but would also endure. For example, Robert Schumann, who was both composer and critic; he gave strong support to Chopin. In addition to the music, Bill interviews several esteemed music critics about their role in shaping culture. And for this week, Mahler gets the last sound.


Episode 1

Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
V. Eusebius (excerpt)
XII. Chopin (excerpt)
Uchida, piano
Schumann*, Mitsuko Uchida ‎– Carnaval, Kreisleriana
Philips 475 8260; :26, 1:17

Frédéric Chopin: Variations on “Là ci darem la mano,” Op. 2
Introduction (Largo-Poco più mosso)
Warsaw Philharmonic/Kord; Ohlsson, piano
Chopin The Complete Works
Hyperion CD 44351; 18:50, :36, :23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni
“La ci Darem la Mano”
Overture (excerpt)
“Venite Pur Avanti” (excerpt)
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner; Allen, tenor; McLaughlin, soprano
Philips 432129; 3:11, 1:17, 00:34

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516
I. Allegro
II. Adagio (excerpt)
Alban Berg Quartet; Wolf, viola
EMI 49085; 7:31, 3:09

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Ach, ich fühl’s” from Die Zauberflöte
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner; Te Kanawa, soprano
The Magic Flute
Philips 426276; 4:41

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40, K. 550, I (excerpt) & IV
Marlboro Festival Orchestra/Casals
Marlboro Fest 40th Anniversary
Sony 47294; 5:28, 1:34

Episode 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109, I (excerpt)
Rudolf Serkin, piano
The Unreleased Studio Recordings – Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Sony 64490; 6:30

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
I. Allegro Con Brio; IV. Allegro
Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra Of Venezuela/Dudamel
Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 1 to 20
DG B0006689902; 7:24, 5:02

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36
Allegro (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
The Symphonies
London 430 792-2; 00:30

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Op. 125; IV (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
The Symphonies
London 430 792-2; 00:38

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, V
Symphonie Fantastique – Berlioz Takes a Trip
Sony 60968; 9:56

Interview: Tim Page

Ferruccio Busoni, arr. John Adams: Berceuse Elegiaque
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Alsop
American Classics
Naxos 8559031; 9:30

Ferruccio Busoni: Piano Concerto, IV. All’ Italiana: Vivace
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi; Ohlsson, piano
Classics – Busoni: Piano Concerto
Telarc 80207; 12:42

Episode 3

Claude Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande (excerpt)
Vienna Phil & Vienna State Opera Chorus/Abbado
Pelléas et Mélisande
DG 435344; :38

Claude Debussy: La Mer
La Mer / Prélude À L’Après-Midi D’un Faune / Nocturnes
London 436468; 23:20

Interview: Joe Horowitz

Franz Liszt: Un Sospiro, S 144/3
Arrau, piano
The Piano Concertos / 3 Etudes De Concert
Philips 416461; 6:06

Richard Strauss: Salome: Tanz der sieben Schleier (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/Solti
London 414414-2; 4:17

Interview: John von Rhein

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E Flat, Op. 82, III
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Rattle
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5, Violin Concerto
EMI 49717; 9:15

Episode 4

Richard Wagner: Prelude from Die Meistersinger, Act. I
The Ride of the Valkyries: Overtures and Choruses
London 460610; 9:46

Interview: Terry Teachout

Paul Moravec: Mood Swings
Trio Solisti
American Classics
Naxos 8559323; 15:51

Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (excerpts)
20th Century Classics Ensemble/Craft
Schoenberg – Craft ‎– Pierrot Lunaire • Herzgewächse • Four Orchestral Songs • Chamber Symphony No. 1
Naxos 8.557523; 4:55

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite Of SpringPart 1
London Symphony Orchestra/Bernstein
The Rite Of Spring & The Firebird Suite
Sony 93080; 15:44

Episode 5

Edward MacDowell: To A Wild Rose from Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 (excerpt)
Cliburn, piano
Schumann, MacDowell: Piano Concertos
RCA 60420; :53

Edward MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 23 in d minor, II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Hendl; Cliburn, piano
Van Cliburn: Great Piano Concertos
Sony 7742852; 4:48

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, I (excerpt)
NY Phil/Bernstein
Symphony No. 2 • Luonnotar
Sony 61848; 1:03

Interview: Andrew Patner

Robert Kurka: The Good Soldier Schweik (excerpts)
Chicago Opera Theater/Platt
Kurka: The Good Soldier Schweik
Cedille 62; 9:06, 2:18, 2:58,

Paul McCartney: “Yesterday”
McCartney, guitar & vocal
The Beatles 1
Capitol 29325; 2:05

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10, V
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Symphony No. 10
CBS 45882; 21:28