Jimmy Carter: A Musical President

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Jimmy Carter with Mad About Music host Gilbert Kaplan.

Former President Jimmy Carter embraced classical music and made it a prominent feature of White House. In conversations with the host Gilbert Kaplan, Carter revealed that:

— Recordings were played non-stop in the White House.

— He considered it a coup to have persuaded legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz to perform at the White House.

— That his knowledge of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde helped him land a key job in the Navy.

— The only instrument he ever learned to play was the ukulele (and that his wife Rosalynn, "was the best hula dancer among all the Navy wives").

— And what has now become a legendary tale of the romantic power of Sigmund Romberg’s operetta The Student Prince.

This episode is the first of four shows with political personalities leading up to the election.

Playlist:

Sigmund Romberg: The Student Prince, Overture. Philharmonia Orchestra. John Owen Edwards. Jay Master Works Edition CDJAY2 1252.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, first movement. Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Fritz Reiner. Arthur Rubinstein, piano. RCA 63035.

Giacomo Puccini: La Rondine, “Doretta’s Dream.” Mirella Freni. EMI Records 65163.

Glenn Miller:  “Moonlight Serenade.” The Secret Broadcasts. RCAVictor 52290.

Francisco Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Andrés Segovia, guitar. MCA Classics MCAD-42069.

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, “Liebestod.” Berlin Philharmonic. Herbert von Karajan. Helga Dernesch, soprano. Musical Heritage 544623T.