Jeff Spurgeon

Playlist For May 10, 2013

Comments [3]

Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

I'm with Concetta and Peter! I don't want WQXR to become a "Top 40" or "audio wallpaper" station either, and so I think it is important for us contributors to be gadflies in order not to let the station slide into mediocrity. The station seems to be playing shorter and lighter works as opposed to anything longer or more substantial, as if they don't want to tax their listeners' attention spans. Remember, you are not a commercial station any more, so you should have the ability to play longer works in their entirety. I hope that your fundraiser-free stream will also be free of "classic lite" and that we will get to hear some really substantial fare. Maybe I'll even get to hear some Bruckner?

May. 10 2013 03:42 PM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

Hate to always be harping on stuff, but this station needs gadflies to keep it from becoming too much of a Top 40 audio wallpaper producer. One mark of that is, of course, the absence of vocal music, this morning's playlist providing too interesting instances of this> First, that most vocal of operatic writers, Puccini, is represented by a trumpet cover of a vocal work. Too much of that happens here. Then, Cherubini is represented by an inconsequential overture to a forgotten opera. Let us here what the audiences of the time went to hear: the vocal pieces!

On another point:I'm not worried about elitism, myself, as I think it is a misunderstood and abused word that has become politicized and negative, but the absence of elitism gives us "American Idol." Whatever this station's faults, elitism is not one of them.

May. 10 2013 02:23 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Dear Jeff, not everyone thinks Bach is essential. I was never all that enthused about his music, for me his music was a condiment and not the main course. Ever since your marathon Bach festival, I like Bach even less. Stop being such an elitist. Yes, I do contribute. I am not a free-loader. It would be bad form to complain and not contribute.
Best wishes

May. 10 2013 07:52 AM

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