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Jay discusses, and plays, an old song: "A Soft Day." You also have a little music from Brazil. And a composer who escaped the Nazis. And some Cole Porter. Also, what about the question of Wagner? Can you listen to him, SOB that he was? Finally, Franco Zeffirelli died - which leads to a reflection on him, and to an aria. In short, there's plenty to think about in this episode, and plenty to hear.

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"A Soft Day," by Stanford, sung by Kathleen Ferrier, with Frederick Stone, piano

"O polichinelo," by Villa Lobos, played by Artur Rubinstein

"The Eyes of All Wait upon Thee," by Jean Berger, performed by the Constant Chamber Choir, conducted by Harald Jers

An excerpt from "The Ring without Words," a synthesis of Wagner's tetralogy by Lorin Maazel, played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Maazel

"Signore, ascolta," from Puccini's "Turandot," sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, with the orchestra of La Scala, conducted by Tullio Serafin

"So in Love" from Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate," sung by Cesare Siepi

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