Episode 55. Season Two Teaser

Episode 55. Season Two Teaser



Paul Robeson and Ruby Elzy in a still from the film version of The Emperor Jones (1933)

This week represents the limbo between the first and second seasons of Countermelody. I have been collating ideas for programs and series for the coming year and I have some short snippets representing singers and topics that we’ll be encountering during my second season. We begin the episode with Francisco Araiza, who celebrates his 70th birthday on October 4th. And we conclude the episode celebrating the live of Helen Reddy, whose song “I Am Woman” formed the soundtrack to the burgeoning Women’s Movement in the 1970s. In between I present short clips of some of my favorite singers who will be featured in upcoming episodes, including Anita Cerquetti, Alexander Kipnis, Russell Oberlin, Ruby Elzy, Eidé Noréna, Sándor Kónya, Heather Harper, Paul Robeson, Cyndi Lauper, Milada Šubrtová, Carol Brice, John Reardon, Yi-Kwe Sze, Judith Blegen, Charles Cambon, Dory Previn, Donald Gramm, Pierre Bernac, Irmgard Seefried, Lotte Lenya, Dusty Springfield, and many others. This episode is also a thank you to all listen and support the podcast in whatever ways they are able. I can’t wait to bring you the first episode of Season Two next week!


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Die Zauberflöte). Francisco Araiza; Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields [rec. 1989]

Giacomo Puccini: Guardate, pazzo son (Manon Lescaut). Sándor Kónya, Giorgio Giorgetti; Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [rec. 1961]

Antonín Dvořák: Za štíhlou gazelou [Behind the gazelle] (Armida). Milada Šubrtová; Václav Jiráček, Prague Symphony Orchestra [rec. 1956]

Gaspare Spontini: O re dei cieli (Agnese di Hohenstaufen). Anita Cerquetti; Arturo Basile, Orchestra di Milano della RAI [Milano 17 December 1956]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Canzonetta sull’aria (Le nozze di Figaro). Heather Harper, Judith Blegen; Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra [rec. 1976]

Brenda Lewis in the title role of Lizzie Borden

Jack Beeson, Kenward Elmslie: Lizzie’s Mad Scene (Lizzie Borden). Brenda Lewis; Anton Coppola, New York City Opera Orchestra [rec. 1965]

Friedrich von Flotow: The Last Rose of Summer (Martha). Ruby Elzy [rec. 1937]

George Frideric Handel: Care selve (Atalanta). Eidé Noréna; Orchestra conducted by Joseph Messner [rec. 1938]

Pierre Bernac (L) and Francis Poulenc (R)

Francis Poulenc, Guillaume Apollinaire: Sanglot (Banalités, No. 5). Pierre Bernac; Francis Poulenc [rec. 1950]

Jules Massenet: Vision fugitive (Hérodiade). Charles Cambon; Orchestra conducted by Louis Forestier [rec. 1947]

Giuseppe Verdi: Io morrò (Don Carlo). Giorgio Zancanaro; Bernard Haitink, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden [live April 1985]

Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green: I Know about Love (Do Re Mi). John Reardon; Orchestra conducted by Lehman Engel [rec. 1961]

Burton Lane, Yip Harburg: Necessity (Finian’s Rainbow). Carol Brice; Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Max Meth [rec. 1960]

John Duke, Edwin Arlington Robinson: Luke Havergal. Donald Gramm; Donald Hassard [rec. 1977]

Traditional Russian, arr. Rosa Newmarch: Black Eyes. Paul Robeson [rec. 1939]

George Frideric Handel: Al sen ti stringo e parto (Ariodante). Alexander Kipnis; Arthur Bergh [rec. 1930]

Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexis Tolstoy: Uzh ty, niva moja [The Harvest of Sorrow], Op. 4/5. Yi-Kwe Sze; Victor Rabin [live Cleveland 1971]

Robert Schumann, Nicholas Lenau: Meine Rose, Op. 90, No. 2. Russell Oberlin; Douglas Williams [1961 recording]

Felix Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine: Neue Liebe, Op. 19a, No. 4. Patricia Brooks; Harriet Wingreen [live New York 28 February 1971]

German Folk Song, arr. Johannes Brahms: In stiller Nacht. Irmgard Seefried; Erik Werba [radio recording Bayerischer Rundfunk 28 April 1951]

Franz Schubert, Heinrich Heine: Ihr Bild, D. 957/9. Brigitte Fassbaender; Aribert Reimann [rec. 1992]

Alec Wilder, Loonis McGlohon: Blackberry Winter. Roberta Alexander; David Triestram [rec. 1996]

Kurt Weill, Franz Werfel; Ludwig Lewisohn [English lyrics]: Song of Ruth (The Eternal Road). Lotte Lenya; Orchestra conducted by Maurice Levine [rec. 1958]

Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II; Lothar Metzl [German lyrics]: The Surrey with the Fringe on Top. Marlene Dietrich; Orchestra conducted by Jimmy Carroll [rec. 1951]

Stephen Sondheim: One More Kiss (Follies). Carol Neblett, Leah Horowitz [live Los Angeles May 2012]

Dory Langdon Previn: I Dance and Dance and Sing and Sing. Dory Langdon Previn [live Carnegie Hall 18 April 1973]

Scherrie Payne, Edith Wayne, Ronald Dunbar: Crumbs off the Table. Dusty Springfield; Orchestra conducted by Derek Wadsworth [rec. 1970]

Michel Berger, Luc Plamondon; Tim Rice [English lyrics]: The World Is Stone (Starmania). Cyndi Lauper [rec. 1992]

Helen Reddy, Ray Burton: I Am Woman. Helen Reddy [rec. 1971]

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