Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 09:24 AM

I always say that if I ever write my autobiography, the title will be In Radio, There Are No Snow Days. Part of the deal for broadcasters is that neither snow, nor rain, nor – well, you know the drill – will keep us from getting to the studio in bad weather to tell you not to go out in it. And to keep you company when you turn on the radio.

But if I did get to hunker down and stay home on a snow day, I started thinking about what music I’d like to listen to. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, maybe, with all the sleigh bells. Or maybe Brahms’s First, just because I love it. What about you? What’s your idea of perfect music for a snow day?


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Boy, am I late for this blog -- it's March 3rd-- but I'm always ready for a snowy day, (especially in late August). Snowy days give you extra time, so... 1.Bernstein's Mass
2.Prokoffief's Romeo and Juliet
3.Verdi's Requiem
and then, and only then, Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Mar. 03 2011 11:51 AM
Phyllis Sharpe from Teaneck, NJ

On a snowed-in day, to escape cabin fever I need something energizing (like Ginastera's Estancia) to help me out the door to find the shovel. After clearing walks, driveway and car, something soothing like Skaters' Waltz might be relaxing.

Feb. 21 2011 08:37 PM
Rosanna from NYC

Mozart's "Regina coeli", K. 276-- I was hoping you'd play this gem during the request hour today, though his piano sonata "facile", which you DID play, always makes me happy.

Jan. 27 2011 08:36 PM
Ted from Show Low, AZ

If I'm snowed in, I would want something rousing like Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, preferably the Von Karajan recording from the 60's with the Berlin Philharmonic and Fritz Wunderlich.

Jan. 27 2011 05:23 PM
Nicolas Avendano

Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" - Winter - reminds me of last night's snowstorm

Jan. 27 2011 03:59 PM
Jason Raphael from Brooklyn

My perfect musical antidote to cabin fever: a warming amalgam of Mendelsohn (Italian Symphony, Incidental Music to Rosamunde and all of his chamber music); anything conducted by Maestro Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos, Paul Paray and Ernest Ansermet.


Jan. 27 2011 03:59 PM
James from Madison, NJ

Tchaikovsky's First Symphony - very wintry

Jan. 27 2011 02:47 PM
Morty Rosner

Nothing like Sibelius, any symphony or tone poem,
on a snowy day.

Jan. 27 2011 12:11 PM
William from Westchester County, NY

The ballet music from Les Patineurs is a great piece of music for a snowy day. Or maybe also Skater's Waltz.

Jan. 27 2011 11:07 AM
Adam Mayer from Lincoln Park, NJ

Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84 --the opening chords pump me up for shoveling!

Jan. 27 2011 10:27 AM
charles danna

How about "winter" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Jan. 19 2011 10:10 AM
Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

I was too engrossed by Schubert's Die Winterreise to notice this topic when it was first posted ...

Sibelius's seven symphonies also came in handy during the blizzard and the four days we were snowed in around here ...

Jan. 13 2011 08:29 AM
Nancy Wight from New York City

Ideally, I would listen to all my old Osipov Orchestra (Moscow) recordings for sheer pleasure. Years ago before Jeff Spurgeon, I used to wake up frequently to an announcer who programmed the Osipov often. As a balalaika player, this always made my day.

Jan. 12 2011 11:43 AM
John J. Christiano from Franklin NJ

How about a vocal......?

Winterwiehe..."In diesen winter tagen...."

And, although it doesn't have a thing to do with winter or snow, the troika from Lt. Keje.

Jan. 12 2011 09:34 AM
Ted Tours from Manhattan

I also go with Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1. More snow is on the way so we have to find other fitting pieces of music ;)

Midge, do you have a cold? You sound adenoidal.

Jan. 10 2011 10:26 AM

No, no, no - none of the above (below) - Prokofiev's Cinderella.

Jan. 05 2011 11:09 AM

Oh, Peter, that's perfect! Winterreise is one of my all-time favorites -- perfect for a snowy day.

Jan. 04 2011 01:07 PM
Peter Ferdico from College Point

Schubert's Winterreise, or is that too obvious?

Jan. 02 2011 09:25 PM
Shari from NYC

I have been listening to Montserrat Caballe's "Zarzuela Arias and Duets" disc recorded years ago with her husband Bernabe Marti. It shows off her exquisite voice to the max. And can warm up any snowy day...QXR should play more of her recordings..

Jan. 01 2011 02:33 PM

The Moldau. I heard that once while driving on a snowy afternoon and it was perfect.

Dec. 31 2010 10:31 PM

"Peter and the Wolf" to entertain kids home from school.

Dec. 30 2010 07:40 PM
Miriam from NJ

I'm into irony. I'd listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons with emphasis on Spring!

Dec. 30 2010 07:15 PM
Michael Meltzer

The feel of ice and the taste of winter are in Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," but decidedly in the original piano version. The Ravel orchestration, masterful as it is, really warms it up and makes it into a different piece. The recommended classics are the recordings of Horowitz and Richter.
But if you want your music for a snowy day to take you far away from it, the Beethoven Pastoral Symphony, #6, hands down! New: Simon Rattle. Old: Eduard van Beinum.

Dec. 30 2010 06:48 PM
Thomas from New Jersey

Arvo Part -- Spiegel Im Spiegel

Dec. 30 2010 06:08 PM

Tomita's Snowflakes are Dancing cd

Dec. 30 2010 04:18 PM
Sibern from Brooklyn

How about Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride,
or isn't that classical enough.

Dec. 30 2010 08:58 AM

It's a tossup between White Christmas or Frosty the Snowman.....( on a loop)

Dec. 30 2010 12:01 AM
Gary Klein from Queens, New York

When I see all the snow and how life in NYC is quiet and tranquil. I enjoy those times and want music to go with that. The first thing that comes to mind is.
Winter Dreams (From Symphony No. 1 In G Minor) - II. Adagio cantabile. Tchaikovsky himself nicknamed the symphony "Winter Daydreams" and even gave the subtitles "Dreams Along a Wintry Wayside" to the first movement.

Another nice peace of peaceful music are Edward Grieg's lyrical pieces by Emile Gilels. It puts me into that tranquil state of mind

Dec. 29 2010 09:24 PM
Michael Meltzer

If anyone doesn't know the composer, Mr. Furrey has cited one of the most exquisitely beautiful works of Beethoven.

Dec. 29 2010 06:40 PM
Ted Furrey

Perfect music for a snowy day - Emerson String Quartet playing the A minor Quartet Op. 132.

Dec. 29 2010 05:11 PM

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