In a Sentimental Mood

All Ears with Terrance McKnight

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Duke Ellington's classic "In a Sentimental Mood" sets the stage for an evening of nostalgic moments. Our soundtrack for a journey down memory lane includes works by Bach, Janacek, De Falla and others.

"In a sentimental mood, I'm within a world so heavenly, for I never dreamt that you'd be loving sentimental me" goes the standard by Duke Ellington. Those words could not be more fitting for our evening. Vittorio Monti's Csárdás requires a hefty amount of sentimentality and bravura, mustered out of the violin with flair and schmaltz by violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov. Hazel Scott was a nostalgic artist, often visiting older classical works and adding her unique "swing" feel. We sample her interpretation of DeFalla's Ritual Fire Dance.

Many celebrated works of Johann Sebastian Bach are programmatic, but he never composed an opera per se. His earliest surviving example of programmatic writing is his Capriccio in B-flat, "On the Departure of a Brother," BWV 992. Orphaned at age 10, soon thereafter Bach was faced with his brother's entrance into the service of King Charles XII of Sweden in 1704. Composed in six movements, Bach paints a musical picture of the many emotions and events that happen leading up to a loved ones departure. 

Also on this week's show, works by John Adams, Jules Massenet, and much more.

Weigh in: Do you consider yourself sentimental? What memories or musical works make you nostalgic?


Vittorio Monti
Vengerov & Virtuosi
Maxim Vengerov, violin; Vag Papian, piano

Ritual Fire Dance

Manuel De Falla
Hazel Scott, piano
Classics Records

Jules Massenet
Jose van Dam, bass-baritone; Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

Jules Massenet
Art Tatum, piano
Black Lion

Lefty's Elegy
Marc Mellits
Dominic Frasca, guitar

In a Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington
Art Tatum, piano
Black Lion


Daniel Goode
Gamelan Son Of Lion

Capriccio in B-flat, "On the Departure of a Brother," BWV 992

Johann Sebastian Bach
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata, "1.X.1905"

Leos Janacek
Andras Schiff, piano

Symphony for Strings, "Voices"
Peteris Vasks
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor

Im Getting Sentimental Over You
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus, piano

"Naive and Sentimental Music": 'Mother of the Man'

John Adams
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
David Tanenbaum, guitar

Kanon Pokajanen: Prayer
Arvo Part
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tonu Kaljuste, conductor

Comments [4]

don steinman from wqxr

what a wonderful mix of music.. enjoyed it immensely

Nov. 06 2011 05:10 PM


Oct. 16 2011 12:53 PM
Frances from Upper West Side Manhattan

SO nice to hear Ellington.
Since he is likely to retain the status
of one of the most important composers
of our century, it interesting that Q
never or rarely plays his work.
Let's hear MORE Ellington, and it doesn't
have to be a famous piece.

Oct. 15 2011 11:40 PM
JAV from NYC

What was that god-awful music you were playing at 10:36am (SAT.). It sounded yiddish. Don't think it should have a place on QXR.

Oct. 15 2011 10:42 PM

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