The Many Roads To Devotion

This episode originally aired August 20, 2011

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Though frequently used to express a level of commitment, the word devotion has stronger connotations than some might realize. While some individuals might associate devotion with religious implications, others might be reminded of commitment and loyalty to someone or something. This week on All Ears, Terrance McKnight connects the concept of devotion that artists express through their music.


To set the stage, baritone Rene Pape performs Zueignung (Dedication) by Richard Strauss. Speaking of dedication, we hear the brilliant Simone Dinnerstein performing Bach's French Suite No. 5 in D Major. Through her commitment to the music of Bach, Dinnerstein has rapidly established herself as a respected artist. But that's not the only thing she's committed to. Simone directs "Neighborhood Classics," a concert series at P.S. 142 and P.S. 321 in New York that serves students and families.

The road to devotion often isn’t a cakewalk, as Bessie Smith tells us in "Hard Drivin' Papa," a tale of an oppressed wife and her insolent husband. Beethoven's dedication to his art was so unyielding, that through his mental and physical ailments, he continued to strive for artistic excellence. We hear his musical telling of unrequited love in Adelaide Op. 46.

Also up this week: music by Jacques Loussier, Philip Glass, Gabriel Faure and much more.

Weigh in: Is there someone or something in your life that you’re devoted to?



Zueignung, Op. 10/1 (Devotion)

Richard Strauss

Rene Pape, bass

Brian Zeger, piano

WNYC Archives


French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816

Johann Sebastian Bach

Simone Dinnerstein, piano



Hard Driving Papa

George Brooks

Bessie Smith, vocalist

Classics Records


Two Pages

Philip Glass

Dominic Frasca, guitar



Adelaide, Op. 46

Ludwig van Beethoven

Jussi Bjoerling, tenor

Harry Ebert, piano



Beast of Burden

Donald Byrd

Coleridge Perkinson, choir director

Donald Byrd, trumpet

Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone

Herbie Hancock, pino

Butch Warren, guitar

Kenny Burrell, guitar

Lex Humphries, drums

Blue Note



Mary Ellen Childs

Cornelius Dufallo, violin

Ralph Farris, viola

Dorothy Lawson, cello

Mary Rowll, violin



Hold to God's Unchanging Hand


Robinella Contreras, vocals, acoustic guitar

CC Stringband



Violin Sonata No. 3

Charlies Ives

Gregory Fulkerson, violin

Robert Shannon, piano



Nocturne No. 13, Op. 119

Gabriel Faure

Kathryn Stott, piano



Nocturne No. 1 in b-flat minor, Op. 9/1

Frederic Chopin/Jacques Loussier

Jacques Loussier, piano





Comments [3]



The playlist is posted the Monday after the show airs. It should be up shortly.

Jan. 30 2012 11:11 AM
Jay from New York

Very sorry to say last evenings music was less than inspiring. Tuning in to listen to classical music I was greeted with something that I assume was considered music by the programers but in reality was nothing more ostinato patterns. After what ten minutes I finally gave up and turned the station off.

Jan. 29 2012 03:23 PM
af from Long Island

Where, when, how do we see a playlist?

Some of the music played on this program is quite interesting, but it's very irritating that you make it so difficult for the listener to know what's playing!

Yes, Mr. McKnight gives a long list, after he has played quite a number of pieces, but what makes you think we can remember enough to put together that information with the piece of music we heard? Two pieces run together the way Mr. McKnight likes to run pieces together is enough!

And why can't there be a playlist of pieces as there if for every other program. I wonder now many potential listeners are turned away from this program by these difficulties.

Jan. 28 2012 11:33 PM

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