Episode 91. Unforgotten (In Memoriam II)

Episode 91. Unforgotten (In Memoriam II)



We continue our memorial tributes this week with the second of (at least) three episodes commemorating the recent deaths of singers and musicians who have helped make our existence a little more manageable, our world a bit more beautiful. From Milva to Rudolf Kelterborn, from Yevgeny Nesterenko to Mary Wilson, from Jane Manning to Antoine Hodge, may they all rest in peace and power. Above all, this episode is dedicated to George Floyd on the first anniversary of his murder.

A mural by Palestinian artist Walid Ayyoub.on the Annexation Wall in the West Bank

The two Countermelody episodes from a year ago devoted to music of protest and emancipation:



Maria Ilva Biolcati [Milva] (17 July 1939 – 23 April 2021)


Bob Dylan (born 24 May 1941) and Odetta (31 December 1930 – 02 December 2008)

Bob Dylan: Blowin’ in the Wind. Odetta [1965]

Maria Kouba (02 February 1922 – 15 May 2021)

Johann Strauss II, Ignaz Schnitzer after Mór Jókai: O habet acht (Der Zigeunerbaron). Maria Kouba  [from German television series Zum blauen Bock, first broadcast 21 May 1967]

Maria Kouba on her 99th birthday in February
Christopher Plummer (13 December 1929 – 05 February 2021) and Eleanor Parker

Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II: Edelweiss (The Sound of Music). Christopher Plummer with interjections from Eleanor Parker and Richard Haydn [1965]

Mary Wilson (06 March 1944 – 08 February 2021)

Stan Vincent: O-o-h Child. Mary Wilson [1989]

(L to R): Stanley Clark, Chick Corea (12 June 1941 – 09 Feb 2021), Al Jarreau (12 March 1940 – 12 Feb 2017), Tony Williams

Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, Artie Maren: Spain (I Can Recall). Al Jarreau [1980]

Joan Weldon (05 August 1930 – 11 February 2011)

Robert Wright, George Forrest: Swept Away (Kean). Joan Weldon, Alfred Drake, Orchestra conducted by Pembroke Davenport [1961]

Celia Cruz (21 October 1925 – 16 July 2003) and Johnny Pacheco (25 March 1935 – 15 February 2021)

Junior Cepeda: Quimbara. Johnny Pacheco, Celia Cruz [1974]

Steuart Bedford (31 July 1929 – 15 February 2021)

Liza Lehmann, Percy Bysshe Shelley: Music When Soft Voices Die. Neal Davies; Steuart Bedford [1997]

Antoine Hodge (05 August 1982 – 22 February 2021)

Giuseppe Verdi, Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle after Friedrich Schiller [Italian text by Achille de Lauzières]: Ella giammai m’amò (Don Carlo). Antoine Hodge, Orchestra conducted by Gregory Ortega [live New York 07 March 2020]

Renata Scotto and Lorenzo Anselmi (1933 – 01 March 2021)

Vincenzo Bellini, Felice Romani: Cedi, deh, cedi… Sì, fino all’ore estreme (Norma). Lorenzo Anselmi, Renata Scotto, Mirella Freni, National Philharmonic Orchestra [ca. 1979]

Robert Gard (07 March 1927 – 30 March 2021)

Johann Strauss II. Karl Haffner, Richard Genée, after Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy [English version by David Pountney, Leonard Hancock]: Watch Duet (Die Fledermaus). Robert Gard, Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra [live Sydney 10 July 1982]

Yevgeny Nesterenko (08 Januar 1938 – 20 March 2021)

Dmitri Shostakovich, Abram Efros after Michelangelo Buonarroti: Разлука [Departure] (Suite on Verses by Michelangelo, Op. 145a/4) Yevgeny Nesterenko, Maxim Shostakovich, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra [from 1976 telecast]

Rudolf Kelterborn (03 September 1931 – 24 March 2021)

Rudolf Kelterborn, Erika Burkart: Lichtmusik II: Sonnenaufgang (Ensemble-Buch I). Kurt Widmer, Jürg Wyttenbach, Ensemble der IGNM Basel [1991]

Mary Ellen Pracht (04 February 1934 – 29 March 2021)

Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Blok: Город спит [The City Sleeps] (Seven Poems by Alexander Blok, Op. 127/4). Mary Ellen Pracht, The Nieuw Amsterdam Trio (Edith Mocsanyi, John Pintavalle, Heinrich Joachim) [1972]

Theodore Lambrinos (25 July 1935 – 29 March 2021)

Jacques Offenbach: Scintille, diamant (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). Theodore Lambrinos, Robert L. Larsen, Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra [1989]

Robert L. Larsen (28 November 1934 – 21 March 2021)
Veronica Dunne (02 August 1927 – 05 April 2021)

Traditional Irish, arr. Frederick Weatherly: Danny Boy. Veronica Dunne, Havelock Nelson [1968]

Jim Steinman (01 November 1947 – 19 April 2021)

Jim Steinman, G. Dénes György [Hungarian text]: Nézz körül [Total Eclipse of the Heart]. Sylvia Sass [1985]

Jane Manning (20 September 1938 – 31 March 2021) and Anthony Payne (02 August 1936 – 30 April 2021)

Anthony Payne, Alfred Lord Tennyson: Nothing Will Die (from The World’s Winter). Jane Manning, Lionel Friend, The Nash Ensemble [1977]

The Staples Singers (L to R): Mavis, Roebuck, Pervis (18 November 1935 – 06 May 2021), and Cleotha

Roebuck Staples: Freedom Highway. The Staples Singers (Roebuck, Cleotha, Pervis, and Mavis Staples) [1965]

Pauline Tinsley (27 March 1928 – 10 May 2021)

Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Maria Piave: Madre, pietosa Vergine (La forza del destino) [sung in English]. Pauline Tinsley, Bryan Balkwill, Orchestra of the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company [live December 1968]

Maria Ilva Biolcati [Milva] (17 July 1939 – 23 April 2021)

Astor Piazzolla, Mario Trejo: Los pájaros perdidos. Milva, Astor Piazzolla [live Paris, Bouffes du Nord 29 September 1984]

Ryan Jackson

Traditional Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan: Were You There. Antoine Hodges, Ryan Jackson [recorded remotely for Good Friday Service 2020 at First Avenue Presbyterian Church, NYC]

Antoine Hodge

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