WWS August

Berganza, Bernstein, Battonage, & Buttocks

In August we once more have all our regulars as we introduce occasional ‘themes’ to our podcasts. This month we pair Albariños with paired with music that is Span-ish. We’ll enjoy a double-bill of Teresa Berganza, along with a little Bernstein; learn about Battonage and laugh about Buttocks.

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This month’s Music Selections were:

Teresa Berganza Duo “Seven Spanish Songs”
El Paño Moruno by Manuel De Falla arranged for guitar (from piano) & voice.

Narcisco Yepes, guitar and Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano

El Paño Moruno

 Al paño fino, en la tienda, una mancha le cayó; Por menos precio se vende, Porque perdió su valor. ¡Ay!

 The moorish cloth

On the fine cloth in the store a stain has fallen; It sells at a lesser price, because it has lost its value. Alas!

Jota by Manuel De Falla arranged for piano and voice

Gerald Moore, piano and Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano (1960)


Dicen que no nos queremos Porque no nos ven hablar; A tu corazón y al mio Se lo pueden preguntar. Ya me despido de tí, De tu casa y tu ventana, Y aunque no quiera tu madre, Adiós, niña, hasta mañana. Aunque no quiera tu madre…


They say we don’t love each other because they never see us talking But they only have to ask both your heart and mine. Now I bid you farewell your house and your window too and even … your mother Farewell, my sweetheart until tomorrow.

‘I Am Easily Assimilated’ – Old lady’s tango from Leonard Berstein’s Candide (Live 1989)

Christa Ludwig, soprano

Leonard Bernstein, conductor

London Symphonic Chorus

London Symphonic Orchestra

“È dessa! … Un detto, un sol” from Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo (Live 1971)

Placido Domingo, tenor

Montserrat Caballe, soprano

Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor

Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

On the Way to the Dump:

‘ Scintille, diamant’ from Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach

Mark Delevan, bass-baritone

1987 Baltimore Opera Competition

Play Out – Us, by Regina Spektor

This month we tasted 3 wines – all Albariños

Wine Selections:

2014 Bodegas Niño Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain

2013 Tangent Wines Albariño, Edna Valley, CA

2012 Bodegas del Palacio Albariño de Fefiñanes III Año, Rias Baixas, Spain


Barcelona (Live) – Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé – 1988

Battonage Bonus!!