For more than ten years, Mad About Music has delved into the musical heart of some of the world’s most celebrated and influential personalities.
The guest list includes Jimmy Carter, Alan Alda, Valery Gergiev, Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Isaac Mizrahi, Tom Brokaw, Renee Fleming, Antonin Scalia and Patrick Stewart.
Created and hosted by Gilbert Kaplan, Mad About Music’s format is part interview, part musical performance. Guests select five musical works and discuss why those pieces are important to them. The interviews are always personal – and often humorous - as some of the world’s most famous people reveal aspects of their personalities largely unknown to the public.
Actor ALEC BALDWIN on why he doesn't connect to Mozart: "This is going to sound blasphemous in a way, I would imagine some people are going to cringe, but I think the person who I listen to the least is Mozart. For some reason, I just don't respond as much to Mozart's music. Again, I don't hate it, but I would much rather have a dark, brooding piece from Mahler or Beethoven than the gaiety of some of Mozart's music."
Hector Berlioz : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14. "March to the Scaffold."
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6. [Excerpt from Movement 1].
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4. [Excerpt from Movement 4].
Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh: "Firefly."
Frederic Chopin: Impromptu for Piano No. 4, Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu."
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9. [Excerpts from Movements 3 & 4].
Aaron Copland: Rodeo: Hoe-Down.
Former West German Chancellor HELMUT SCHMIDT compares conductors Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan: "Bernstein was a man interested in politics. He wanted to know about the world. He had a philosophical mind. Karajan had a knack for high technology and he flew his own airplane, he sailed his own yacht. A man of unbelievable self-discipline. Lenny Bernstein had no discipline, except when the concert had begun."
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050. First Movement.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations.
Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco. "Va pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves).
George Frideric Handel: Water Music, HWV 348-350.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 [excerpt].
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 4 Pianos and Strings in A minor, BWV 1065. Third Movement.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney: Yesterday.
Conductor ZUBIN MEHTA on being ready to conduct Bruckner: "Karajan once told me that you cannot conduct a Bruckner symphony unless you're at least 80 years old, and I told him, yes, but you didn't say that when you were 40, did you!"
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde. "Liebestod."
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61.
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 [excerpt].
"Raga Mishra Piloo" adapted by Ravi Shankar.
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 [excerpt].
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 [excerpt].
Former FBI Agent ROBERT WITTMAN on how Chopin influenced his decision to become an art sleuth: "I was playing the Fantaisie Impromptu and while I was playing, I thought there's a couple of cases I had worked on earlier in my career; and the ones that were most important to me where I got the most self-satisfaction were the cases where I was able to recover artwork, cultural property, that belongs to all of us throughout the world, not just to museums or collectors but to humanity, and all generations past and to come. As I was playing, the music really swept me away at the moment and made a decision for me."
Frederic Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor". Second movement [excerpt].
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 "Alla Turca."
Angus Young and Malcolm Young: "Thunderstruck" [excerpt].
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody for piano No. 2 [excerpt].
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.
Former President and Chairman of the Chicago Bears MICHAEL MCCASKEY on how Beethoven helped his son to walk: "My wife Nancy had been working very hard with my son John to get him to take his first steps and she was encouraging him, but he was not quite ready. And then one evening, Nancy went out and for some reason, it just occurred to me that the Eroica Symphony might be some good music to put on. So I put it on, cranked up the volume, and John not only took his first step, he walked across the room."
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica". First movement [excerpt].
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, "Cool" Fugue.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 14. First movement.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney: "In My Life."
Cesar Camargo Mariano: "Cristal."
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion. Conclusion.
Former Australian Prime Minister PAUL KEATING on how Chopin restored him after political battles: "When I was seeking a seat in Parliament, I would take a terrible hiding almost every week. I would sometimes think I was amongst savages. And I'd come back and the first thing I would put on would be the Barcarolle by Chopin. Next thing I'm in the world, the wonderful world of music."
Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto.
Frederic Chopin: Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, Op. 60 [conclusion].
Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth") [excerpt].
Jim Weatherly: Midnight Train to Georgia [excerpt].
Erik Wolfgang Korngold: Lieder Des Abschieds ("Songs of Farewell") Op. 14, "Mond, so gehst du wieder auf" ("Moon You Rise Again").
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor. Final movement [excerpt].
Supreme Court Justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG on a chance meeting with Maria Callas in an elevator: "I stepped into the elevator and there was Callas in white mink with her poodle with the same color as her coat. She looked every inch the diva that she was and I mumbled something about how much joy she had given me through her recordings and then I felt as if I had been touched by magic."
Cole Porter: Tale of the Oyster
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22. First Movement.
Gian Carlo Menotti: The Medium, "Monica's Waltz"
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca [excerpt].
Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata [Second Movement]
Former President of the World Bank JAMES WOLFENSOHN on being a groupie of Leonard Bernstein: "I have two remarkable photographs of Lenny, which are inscribed to me as 'leader of his groupies.' I had the great good fortune to get to know him as an admirer and subsequently as a friend. My history with Leonard Bernstein really goes back to Australia where I was born. I applied to come to study at University in the United States and I remember the very first night that I got here I went to West Side Story, which subsequently I saw 13 times. As you can see, I get these crazy passions."
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129. Third Movement.
Leonard Bernstein: Candide Overture.
Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen [Songs of a Wayfarer] (First 2 songs: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht and Ging heut' morgen übers Feld).
Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (Variations 28, 29, 30 and Aria).Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor (Variation Finale and Coda: Allegro risoluto e con fuoco).