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You Choose Mitsuko Uchida's Birthday Music

This coming Friday, pianist Mitsuko Uchida turns 65. Today's Showdown let you choose between three of her interpretations of Mozart’s works in every major keyboard genre.

You Choose: A Symphonic Berlioz Birthday Bash

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hector Berlioz was born 210 years ago today, so today's Showdown offers up three of his symphonic works, all written during the same decade.

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Keep Quiet, Tilson Thomas is Conducting

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Hope you have your cough drops handy because this week's Showdown features MTT conducting the San Francisco Symphony in three  — often quiet — slow movements from Mahler symphonies.

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You Pick the Don Giovanni Duet

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Choose from three great Don Giovanni/Zerlina duos, as featured in the duet "La ci darem la mano," and we’ll play the winner today at noon.

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Which Soprano is Your Favorite Queen of the Night?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vote for your favorite performance of the Queen of the Night aria -- by Rita Streich, Edita Gruberova or Lucia Popp -- and we’ll play the winner today at noon.

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Choose Your Favorite Figaro

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Today we offered three great versions of his popular Act I aria: "Non piu andrai." We offered three great versions of his popular Act I aria, "Non piu andrai" and you chose that by Samuel Ramey.

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Tell Us Who is Your Favorite Ferrando

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

In celebration of Month of Mozart, for this week's showdown we asked you to vote for your favorite of three classic performances of one beautiful Mozart aria.

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Select Your Favorite Musical Selfie

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We asked you to cast your vote for one of three music self portraits you wanted to hear. We played the winner today at noon.

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You Chose Stravinsky's Rite of Spring Conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In advance of tonight's scheduled Carnegie Hall's gala with the Philadelphia Orchestra, we'll play a performance by the orchestra led by your choice of conductor.

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It's a Tie: You Chose Bach and Dvorak

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Choose from three Yo-Yo Ma performances—with him as soloist with orchestra, as a chamber musician, or just alone with his cello— and we'll play the winner today at noon.

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Tell Us Which Piece Helps You Fall for Autumn

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

This Sunday marks the official start of Autumn and on this week's Showdown we wanted to usher in the season properly. We asked which musical selection best paints a picture of burnt orange leaves?

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Showdown Results: Britten Beats Prokofiev by One Vote

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

We asked you to tell us which child-inspired work you'd like to hear today at 12 pm and you voted for Britten's Young Persons' Guide to the Orchestra.

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Choose a US Open Warm-Up Piece

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's day three of the U.S Open, and warming up on court for our Showdown are three classical music stars who also happen to be tennis fans. Tell us your pick and we'll play the winner at 12 noon.

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You Pick Debussy's Birthday Piece

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thursday is French composer Claude Debussy's birthday. In celebration, today’s Showdown honored his evocative impressionistic music with his work in three different genres.

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In a Woody Allen State of Mind

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Woody Allen’s latest film "Blue Jasmine" is getting great reviews and although it doesn't feature any classical music on the soundtrack, there are plenty of well-known uses of classical music in Allen’s films.

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A Summer Salute to the Rhapsody

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

This week's Showdown celebrates the genre of rhapsody — "a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character" — and offers three classic performances of well-known favorites.

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Pick the Piece to Add to Your Summer Travel Playlist

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's summer and for so many that means its the season to travel. This week's Showdown features three light works inspired by the composers' travels in the United States.

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Pick the Piece that Gets You Pumped For the BBC Proms

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WQXR starts broadcasting BBC Proms festival concerts from London this Saturday at 5pm. Today's Showdown at noon was between three great British-penned compositions.

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O Fortuna, Cast a Vote For Which Carmina Burana You Want to Hear

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today is the birthday of composer Carl Orff (1895-1982), so for this week's Showdown we offered three great performances of his most famous work: Carmina Burana.

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Pick The Strauss Tone Poem You Prefer

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Would you rather lose yourself in Strauss' powerful Also Sprach Zarathustra, enjoy the playful and poignant episodes of Don Quixote, or get swept away by the sweeping gestures of Don Juan?

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Pick the Piece that Makes Your Workday Fly By

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today’s Showdown celebrates the way birdsongs have inspired classical composers. We asked you to cast your vote for one of three fine-feathered works. We played the winner at noon.

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