Music for a While #45: Spring, sprung, sung

05.19.2021 - By The New Criterion

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Jay provides a program of songs and arias about spring: a variety of composers and languages. And performers. Maria Callas and Ella Fitzgerald are among them. This is a wonderful category of music: rhapsodic, hopeful, giddy, appreciative. Spring it up.

Argento, “Spring,” from “Six Elizabethan Songs”
Hahn, “Le printemps”
Strauss, “Der Lenz”
Wagner, “Du bist der Lenz,” from “Die Walküre”
Rachmaninoff, “Spring Waters”
Saint-Säens, “Printemps qui commence,” from “Samson et Dalila”
Hoiby, “Always It’s Spring”
Rodgers & Hammerstein, “It Might As Well Be Spring”

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