Podcast: Prayer

utrecht-dom2 In this “Prayer” episode of American Highways, I’m pleased to bring you a musical collaboration between myself (Guy Livingston) and my wife (Maria Sperling), who curated the playlist for this show.   Although neither of us is religious, there a lot of inspirational music in the American landscape. Our idea was to merge themes of compassion, understanding, and faith into one musical show.  


Modern Music and Prayer – at the Utrecht Dom

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AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #41: PRAYER (compassion, faith, hope)

Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101

Domenico Scarlatti, arr. Donal Fox
Donal Fox Quartet
Leonellis Music IMTS 826625

Udo Jürgens, Thomas Hörbiger
Merci, Cheri, Merci
Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen
Wing Records ‎– WL1191

“Merci, Chérie” was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966. Performed for Austria by Udo Jürgens with lyrics in German—despite the French words of the title, it’s an earnest ballad in which the singer, as he leaves her, thanks his lover for good times and positive memories. (hint: maybe a bit of sarcasm in this description – but not in the song itself)

Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein: Symphony #1 “Jeremiah”
1. Prophecy (7:15)
2. Profanation (6:53)
3. Lamentation (10:37)
Christa Ludwig, soprano; Leonard Bernstein, conducting; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Deutsch Grammophon 415964-2

George Gershwin
Tell Me More! – Kickin’ The Clouds Away
George Gershwin, pianola
Electra Nonesuch – 7559-2

Oliver Knussen
Prayer Bell Sketch, Op 29
Peter Serkin, piano.
KOCH 37450-2HI

traditional (spiritual)
He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
Nina Simone
Metro CD010

Julia Wolfe
Lisa Moore, pianist.
Cantaloupe Music 21115

George Gershwin, arr.
Oh, De Lawd Shake De Heavens – Leavin’ Fo’ De Promis’ Lan’
Judy Kaye, soprano.
Koch 37360-2

Donal Fox Carnegie Hall

Donal Fox, pianist and composer, at Carnegie Hall

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