Mad About Music 10th Anniversary Special

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Gilbert Kaplan with Alec Baldwin Host Gilbert Kaplan with Alec Baldwin, one of the guests to appear on Sunday's show.

Mad About Music, hosted by Gilbert Kaplan, returns to WQXR with a two-hour special celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program.

This week’s show features remarkable stories from 40 high-profile guests ranging from government officials to actors and business and media leaders, as well as guests from fashion, literature, medicine, sports and even the FBI.

Guest List:

Alan Alda – Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Alec Baldwin – Actor
Ehud Barak – Prime Minister of Israel
Lionel Barber – Editor of the Financial Times
Mercedes Bass - Philanthropist
Pierre Boulez – Composer, Conductor, Pianist
Tom Brokaw –Television Journalist
Fernando H. Cardoso – President of Brazil
Jimmy Carter – President of the United States
Glenn Dicterow – Violinist, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic
Edward Egan – Archbishop of New York
Renée Fleming – Opera Singer
William Friedkin – Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Valery Gergiev – Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre
Alan Gilbert – Music Director of the New York Philharmonic
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Supreme Court Justice
Katharine Graham – Publisher, The Washington Post
Edward Heath – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Mariss Jansons – Conductor
Peter Jennings – News Anchor
Paul Keating – Prime Minister of Australia
Bill Keller – Executive Editor of The New York Times
Mervyn King – Governor of the Bank of England 
Norman Lebrecht – Author, Journalist
Glenn Lowry – Director of Museum of Modern Art
Michael McCaskey – Chairman of the Chicago Bears
Zubin Mehta – Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic
Isaac Mizrahi – Fashion Designer
Philippe de Montebello – Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mike Nichols – Director, Writer, Producer
Martin Rees – Astronomer and Professor of Astrophysics, Cambridge University
Condoleezza Rice – Secretary of State
Antonin Scalia – Supreme Court Justice
Helmut Schmidt – Chancellor of West Germany
Stephen Schwarzman – CEO, Blackstone Group
Thomas Sculco – Chief Surgeon, The Hospital for Special Surgery
Leonard Slatkin – Music Director of the Detroit Symphony
Patrick Stewart - Actor
Howard Stringer – Chairman of Sony
Ruth Westheimer – Sex therapist
Robert Wittman – FBI Special Agent
James Wolfensohn – President of the World Bank


Sigmund Romberg: The Student Prince, “The Drinking Song.” Philharmonia Orchestra. John Owen Edwards. Jay Master Works Edition CDJAY2 1252.

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier,  Act III, Final Trio. Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus. Herbert von Karajan. Christa Ludwig, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Teresa Stich-Randall. EMI Classics 5 67609 2.

Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps. The London Philharmonic. Kent Nagano. Virgin Classics VCK 791511.

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue. Philadelphia Orchestra. Eugene Ormandy. Oscar Levant, piano. CBS MK 42514.

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca, “Visse d’arte.” La Scala Orchestra and Chorus. Victor de Sabata. Maria Callas. Musical Heritage Society 524973H.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G major, Op. 32 No. 5. Vladimir Horowitz, piano. Deutsche Grammophon 419 499-2.

Leonard Bernstein: Candide, Overture. New York Philharmonic. Leonard Bernstein. Sony Classical SMK 63085.

Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise No. 3 in A major, “Military”. Arthur Rubinstein, piano. RCA 09026-63048-2.

A. Young and M. Young: "Thunderstruck". AC/DC. Columbia 9699-80213-2.

Frédéric Chopin: Barcarole in F sharp, Op. 60. Claudio Arrau, piano. Philips 464 694-2.

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. Prelude in C major. Ralph Kirkpatrick, clavichord. Deutsche Grammophon / Archiv Produktion 289 463 601.

Bee Gees: “Stayin’ Alive.” Bee Gees. Reprise R2 162748.

Fritz Kreisler: Caprice viennois. Fritz Kreisler, violin. Carl Lamson, piano. RCA 5910.

Traditional American Folk Song: “Shenandoah.” Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Orchestra at Temple Square. Mack Wilberg. MTC 6313.

Carlos Gardel: “Por una Cabeza.” The Tango Project. “Scent of a Woman.” MCA Records MCAD10759.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9. Third movement. Vienna Philharmonic. Bruno Walter. EMI Classics 7 63029 2.

Franz Schubert: Sonata in A, D. 959. Andantino. Alfred Brendel, piano. Philips 438703.

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJDrama I

Since my childhood at age 10, when on WNYC I heard the Rhine Journey and Siegfried's Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung with Toscanini conducting his New York Philharmonic version before the Symphony of the Air much later recorded version, I have been an ardent fan of Wagner's oeuvre. I started vocalizing with my child's voice on the music I studied from the Wagner partiturs [full orchestral scores] and piano vocal scores of Wagner's operas that were donated to the Jersey Avenue Main Library of Jersey City by the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration as part of their Works Project Administration. Wagner's music convinced me that I JUST HAD TO COMPOSE AND SING. Because of that ALLADIN'S LAMP inspiration, I have made a career as a Wagnerian heldentenor and an opera composer. My cousin MICHAEL BLANKFORT wrote both the books and screenplays for the 1953 film THE JUGGLER Hollywood film made in Israel starring KIRK DOUGLAS and the 1950 Hollywood film BROKEN ARROW starring JAMES STEWART and JEFF CHANDLER [Cochise]. The music for THE JUGGLER was composed by opera composer GEORGE ANTHEIL, in whose opera VOLPONE I sang the tenor leading role [Mosca] in its professional world premiere in NEW YORK in 1953. ANTHEIL, famous for his opera TRANSATLANTIC and BALLET MECHANIQUE looked exactly like Peter Lorre. I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I opened my three hour concert with the Invocazione di Orfeo from Jacopo Peri's opera EURIDICE composed in 1600, the first opera, composed in the same year as Shakespeare wrote HAMLET. Also, at this same three hour long solo concert are my singing of Florestan's monologue "Gott! welch dunkel hier!' from "FIDELIO" and "Sound an Alarm" from Handel's "JUDAS MACCABAEUS." They can be heard from my live performance on my three websites,, ,, and They received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Frieda Hempel, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. As an opera composer myself ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] I fully comprehend the assumed urgency of recognition of the still living. However, it's important to revere and enjoy the MASTERPIECES of art, music, literature, architecture and science in its multiple formats . I am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles. On my websites one may download, free, at "Recorded Selections" my singing of Siegfried, Gotterdammerung Siegfried, Tristan, Siegmund, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Rienzi, Walther von Stolzing, Otello, Eleazar and Florestan.

Dec. 24 2012 06:30 PM

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