Episode 90. Gone But Not Forgotten (In Memoriam I)

Episode 90. Gone But Not Forgotten



Vladislav Piavko (04 February 1941 – 06 October 2020)

Christa Ludwig, celebrated two weeks ago, is not the only great singer and musician to have departed this earthly realm in recent months. This episode presents a wide cross-section of great musicians we have lost, not just singers, and not just classical musicians. Included are many opera singers who today are less well-known, including Sándor Sólyom Nagy, Libuše Domanínská, Margherita Roberti, Tamara Sorokina, Angelo Mori, Marcella Reale, Biserka Cvejić, and Michel Trempont. A wide range of composers including Ennio Morricone, Elias Rahbani, and Harold Budd, also receive a nod, as do instrumentalists Leon Fleisher, Osian Ellis, and Julian Bream, and non-classical artists such as Anne Feeney, Charley Pride, Gerry Marsden, Jimmie Rodgers, and SOPHIE. Only once before on the podcast have I presented such a kaleidoscopic memorial episode; it is good to be reminded of the full range of expression pursued by great musicians of all stripes. Guest stars today include Barbara Hendricks, Muriel Smith, and John Shirley-Quirk. The tributes continue next week.


Ennio Morricone (10 November 1928 – 06 July 2020)

Ennio Morricone: Deborah’s Theme (Once upon a Time in America). Barbara Hendricks [live Polar Music Prize 2010]

Leon Fleisher (23 July 1928 – 02 August 2020)

Robert Schumann, Heinrich Heine: Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen (Dichterliebe, Op. 48/12). Leon Fleisher, John Shirley-Quirk [1997]

Julian Bream (15 July 1933 – 14 August 2020)

Robert MacGimsey: Sweet Little Jesus Boy. Julian Bream, Muriel Smith [1955]

Vladislav Piavko (04 February 1941 – 06 October 2020)

Giuseppe Verdi, Arrigo Boito: Deh, mi potevi scagliar (Otello). Vladislav Piavko, Yuri Simonov, USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra [live Moscow Tchaikovsky competition 1970]

Harold Budd (24 May 1936 – 08 December 2020)

Harold Budd: The Crystal Garden (Madrigals of the Rose Angel). Lynda Richardson, Margaret Cable, Lesley Reid, Ursula Connors, Alison Macgregor, Muriel Dickinson, Harold Budd, Maggie Thomas, Richard Bernas, Gavin Bryars, Jo Julian, Michael Nyman, John White, Howard Rees, Brian Eno [1978]

Charley Pride (18 March 1934 – 12 December 2020)

Dallas Frazier: There Goes My Everything. Charley Pride [live, unknown year]

Angelo Mori (27 November 1934 – 27 December 2020)

Giuseppe Verdi, Franceso Maria Piave: O tu che in seno agli angeli (La forza del destino). Angelo Mori, Ino Savini [live Faenza 09.1968]

Sándor Sólyom Nagy (21 December 1941 – 30 December 2020)

Zoltán Kodály, Móricz Zsigmond: Fáj a szívem [My heart is sore] (Négy dal [Four Songs], No. 4). Sándor Sólyom Nagy, Loránt Szücs [1975]

Gerry Marsden (L) (24 September 1942 – 03 January 2021), with the Pacemakers

Gerry Marsden: Ferry cross the Mersey. Gerry and the Pacemakers [1964]

Elias Rahbani (26 June 1938 – 04 January 2021)

Elias Rahbani: Que sera ma vie. Pascale Sakr [2014]

Osian Ellis (08 February 1928 – 05 January 2021)

Osian Ellis, Dylan Thomas: A Sunset Poem. Osian Ellis [1961]

Biserka Cvejić (05 November 1923 – 07 January 2021)

Francesco Cilea, Arturo Colautti: Acerba voluttà (Adriana Lecouvreur). Biserka Cvejić [live 1963?]

Tamara Sorokina (19 May 1931 – 07 January 2021)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Yolanta’s Arioso (Yolanta). Tamara Sorokina, Mark Ermler, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater [1974]

Marcella Reale (17 July 1929 – 17 January 2021)

Ruggero Leoncavallo, Giovacchino Forzano: Valzer delle Rose (La Reginetta delle Rose). Marcella Reale, Rudolf Alberth, Münchener Rundfunkorchester [1980]

Jimmie Rodgers (18 September 1933 – 18 January 2021)

Bob Merrill: Honeycomb. Jimmie Rodgers, Hugo Paretti and His Orchestra [1957]

Margherita Roberti (1925 – 23 January 2021)

Giuseppe Verdi, Temistocle Solera: Ah, sì, cada Fenena… Anch’io dischiuso un giorno (Nabucco). Margherita Roberti, Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [live Firenze 10 July 1959]

Michel Trempont (28 July 1928 – 30 January 2021)

Gaetano Donizetti, Domenico Gilardoni: Fa un cantabile a note trillanti (Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali). Michel Trempont, Alberto Zedda, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne [live Lausanne 1988]

SOPHIE (17 September 1986 – 30 January 2021)

SOPHIE: It’s Okay to Cry [2017]

Libuše Domanínská (04 July 1924 – 02 February 2021)

Bedřich Smetana, Josef Wenzig: Že citů mých pánem je bratr, ne on! [The one I love is his brother, not him!] (Libuše). Libuše Domanínská, Alois Klíma, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra [1966]

Anne Feeney (01 July 1951 – 03 February 2021)

Anne Feeney: Have You Been to Jail for Justice? [2001]

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