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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Every Wednesday morning, vote for the piece you want to hear at noon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
We asked you if it's Vivaldi's, Delius' or Webern's depiction of summer you’d like to hear and we played the winner today at noon.