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Revisiting The Bee Gees' Falsetto; Audra McDonald's Homecoming; Chris Thile Plays Bach

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Audra McDonald performs in the Soundcheck studio. Audra McDonald performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: In his new book, The Bee Gees: The Biography, writer David N. Meyer looks back at the music and legacy of The Bee Gees and its trademark soaring falsetto. 

Actress and soprano Audra McDonald recently starred in Broadway's revival of Porgy and Bess. Now, she's back with her first solo album in seven years, Go Back Home, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, among others. McDonald performs songs from that album in the studio.

And mandolin extraordinaire Chris Thile performs the sonatas of Bach.



Audra McDonald, David N. Meyer and Chris Thile

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Comments [1]

John Mulderig from Manhattan

Not the world's biggest Bee Gees fan, but I think you were both a bit unfair to Barry Gibb in his role as a lyricist by claiming that the line "The New York Times don't make the man" is essentially nonsensical. There is, in fact, an old saying that asks whether "The times make the man or men make the times" (sometimes posed vice versa). I think he probably remembered it from history class or some such and was playing on it. How cleverly or otherwise, I leave it to others to decide.

Sep. 03 2013 05:39 PM

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