Jeff Spurgeon

Playlist For August 27, 2013

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Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

You'd think that in this Verdi bicentennial year, the programmers at WQXR might occasionally remember that Verdi wrote so beautifully for the voice; yet here we are again hearing the orchestral part of the overplayed Triumphal March from "Aida": probably the most played selection from Verdi that is heard on this station. At least when they program that other chestnut, the "Anvil Chorus" from "Trovatore", it is often done with the choral part intact. There is so much Verdi that is never heard, no doubt (as others have noted in comments here) because of fear of driving off listeners uncomfortable with hearing singing. Thus, we hear (as we did yesterday) Borodin's "Polvetsian Dances" from "Prince Igor" without the choral part that makes the opening section so poignant, just o give one example that has occurred several times in the last few weeks. I guess I should be thankful that there is "classical" music being played at all on the radio, but we need more variety, and more vocal music.

Aug. 27 2013 08:17 AM

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