On this encore edition of All Ears, we curate a collection of songs that pay tribute to mothers. We explore how mothers have influenced composers and performers musically, and create a rich sound-scape surrounding the love between mother and child.
As always, our playlist is grounded in classical music, but take special notice of composers whose training has led them in other directions. As such, Terrance McKnight highlights enough blues and Traditional songs to keep momentum in the mix.
The show opens with Duke Ellington's Shout 'em Aunt Tilly and eases into works by William Grant Still, Beethoven and Charles Ives.
We hear the LA Philharmonic performing a version of John Adams' Naive and Sentimental Music: Mother of the Man with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading soloist David Tanenbaum on guitar.
Also on the program are Arvo Part's stunningly beautiful setting of the Stabat Mater as well as Chopin's Mazurka No 4 in A minor performed by Leif Ove Andsnes on piano.
Join in the discussion: What kind of music did your mother play for you?
Traditional: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Velvet Brown, tuba
Alex De Grassi: Shortenin’ Bread
Alex De Grassi, guitar
Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me
Theo Bleckmann, voice, live electronics
Winter & Winter Label
Frederic Chopin: Mazurka No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 17/4
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Duke Ellington/Irving Mills: Ahout ‘Em Aunt Tilly
Marcus Roberts, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp, Op. 78, “For Therese”
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
William Grant Still: “Mother and Child”
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Richard Auldon Clark, conductor
Ashley Horne, violin
John Adams: “Naïve and Sentimental Music”: ‘Mother of the Man’
Los Angeles Philharminc
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
David Tanenbaum, guitar
Arvo Part: Stabat Mater (There Stands the Mother)
Lynne Dawson, soprano
David James, counter-tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor
Gidon Kremer, violin
Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola
Jono El Grande: Your mother Eats Like a Platipus
Jono El Grande, guitar