Fresh Starts

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Every composer begins his or her symphonic career somewhere. You told us who you think did it best by voting for your favorite first symphony - and we played it at noon.

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Comments [64]

Joe,

That pie had too many slices!

Jan. 07 2011 01:51 PM
Joe R from NYC

Love the pie chart. Was there one for the top 50 you played last week?

Jan. 05 2011 01:00 PM
LEE APT from NYC

I WENT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ART, AND OUR SCHOOL SONG WAS PART OF BRAHM'S SYMPHONY #1, SO THERE WILL NEVER BE A MORE WONDERFUL 1ST SYMPHONY FOR ME. MUSIC AND ART WAS A GREAT 'BEGINNING' FOR ME.

Jan. 05 2011 11:58 AM
dirk baron herbst from basel/switzerland

schumann will not make it - i know.
but his spring symphony gives us hope and leeds us out of this darkness...

best wishes to the staff of wqxr from switzerland!

d.

Jan. 05 2011 11:52 AM
Katherine Wagner from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Just because I am a hopeless romantic! Happy New Year Midge and to everyone listening!

Jan. 05 2011 11:38 AM
Jeff Senzer from Manhattan

Brahms' First is the most dynamic of the choices, in my opinion, and memorable for its last movement. I love the others but they are played too often and Brahms appears to be ignored.

Jan. 05 2011 11:37 AM
Carl from Lakeland, Fl.

Hope you will play Brahms. Actually my favorite is
Brahms Piano Concerto #1. It is rarely played for some reason. But it is beautiful.

Jan. 05 2011 11:37 AM
Robert Hordos from Jericho, NY

Brahms 1st. Also known as "Beethoven's 10th. A magnificent symphony.

Jan. 05 2011 11:34 AM
Randall Gabrielan

How about Mahler's first? The others get plenty of play.

Jan. 05 2011 11:33 AM
Jjoan Anderson from Perth Amboy, NJ

Beethoven was the first love of classical music when I was very young, and the First takes me back to wonderful years of my life. You don't play it, I will be sure to listen to it sometime today.

Jan. 05 2011 11:33 AM
AL VIDOVICH from ROCKAWAY NJ

I AM PROBABLY TOO LATE TO VOTE, BUT I KNOW I WOULD BE OUTVOTED IN THIS ONE. I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN SCHUBERT #1 BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONE THAT MOST OF US KNOW THE LEAST. IT WOULD BE GOOD TO BECOME MORE FAMILIAR WITH IT.

Jan. 05 2011 11:29 AM
Zulema from Bronx, NY

After hearing Brahms is leading, other people decided to vote for it. That's like in more important elections. I think Brahms's First is boring, especially the last movement. Schumann's First is more modern, but Beethoven's is tops, always. Schubert's other works overshadow his symphonies.

Jan. 05 2011 11:25 AM
Bob from Colts Neck, NJ

Brahms is my favorite classical composer. I love the powerful opening of his Symp #1.

Jan. 05 2011 11:20 AM
GEORGE from Lenoir,NC

Back in the mid '50's, wen I first found WQXR on that ol' SIEMENS AM CRAT Iheard Beethovens First; and today it stil is FIRST on my LIST !!!

Jan. 05 2011 11:19 AM
Steve Lepp from Verona, NJ

Happy New Year to all of you at WQXR!!

I've been listening to you since I was 8 years old back in 1946!

You've come through a rough patch with FLYING COLORS!!

Carry on!

Steve

Jan. 05 2011 11:13 AM
Paul from Brooklyn, NY

I hope you fix or change your CD player before noon. It's skipping all over the place.

Jan. 05 2011 11:13 AM
Michael from Manhattan

While loving all four 1st symphonies, I have to vote for Brahms who waited for maturity before attempting to write it.

Jan. 05 2011 11:12 AM
Roger Lemoyne

Beethoven has always been tops on my list and continues to do so! Mature, exciting and challenging music. My favorite of his is the Violin Concerto!

Jan. 05 2011 11:11 AM
Old Guy from Somerville, NJ

Beethoven is already the superstar of classical music. That's why I voted for Brahms.

Jan. 05 2011 11:10 AM
John Hafele from Fairfield, CT.

Definitely Brahms. Would have preferred his 4th Symphony but his 1st Symphony is still amongst my favorites.

Jan. 05 2011 11:10 AM
Monroe from Brooklyn, NY

Who needs to hear Brahms' first another time? Or Beethoven? Schumann? Give me the young, talented Schubert every time, not played so often!

Jan. 05 2011 11:08 AM
Jack

For first symphonies, Brahms has to rank at the top

Jan. 05 2011 11:08 AM
sharon gray

Absolutely BEETHOVEN

Jan. 05 2011 11:08 AM
Peg from Larchmont

Brahms First often called Beethoven's Tenth! Brahms was truly standing on the shoulders of a giant!

Jan. 05 2011 11:07 AM
Paul Fabrizi from Sparkill, NY


Even though Bethoven is my faborite , I love Brahms First Symphony

Jan. 05 2011 11:03 AM
Lou from Orange, New Jersy

Brahms'. Along with his fourth, this work of art is exceptional.

Jan. 05 2011 11:02 AM
Tulsi Reynolds from New York City

Beginning the new year with WQXR and Brahms seems ideal. Especially in these times, it's great to know you're still out there bringing comfort and joy on a daily basis. Happy New Year to the whole WQXR family and audience.

Jan. 05 2011 10:59 AM

Definitely Brahms - it is the strongest, most mature beginning ever. There was hardly any learning curve between I and IV. On the other hand, Beethoven....

Jan. 05 2011 10:57 AM
Dani from New Rochelle, NY

Beethoven please!

Jan. 05 2011 10:57 AM
john Goodwin from Demarest, NJ

Please, Brahms !

Jan. 05 2011 10:54 AM
Baxter Graham from Summit, NJ

Brahms is my favorite.

Jan. 05 2011 10:54 AM
Norman from Rockville Centre

Let's go with Schumann's ebullient 1st to hasten the coming of Spring and dispel the gloom of winter.

Jan. 05 2011 10:53 AM
Alberta Molnar

Brahms 1st (especially the last movement), sometimes referred to as Beethoven's 10th. Would make staying in at lunch a real treat.

Jan. 05 2011 10:53 AM
Eric Halton from Seattle, WA.

The Brahms is a gem.

Jan. 05 2011 10:52 AM
Peter F. Eder from Darien, CT

I am going to vote for Brahms ... given that I think it is the most fitting symphony for the start of a new year. Any other time of the year, it would be Beethoven - hands down. Happy New Year, btw

Jan. 05 2011 10:52 AM
Jen from CT

My vote would've gone to Shostakovich if he was among the choices.... However, Beethoven would get my vote by its own right.

Jan. 05 2011 10:51 AM
Dottie Gutenkauf from Plainfield, NJ

I too would have loved it if Mahler's First had been on the list...we don't get enough Mahler, alas. My vote is therefore for Brahms. And as a High School of Music & Art alumnus (class of 1950) I am loyal to my "school song."

Jan. 05 2011 10:49 AM
Anthony St. John from Italy

I'm writing from Calenzano, Italy (seven kilometres from Florence) and my selection would be for Beethoven...Cordially...Anthony St. John

Jan. 05 2011 10:49 AM
James Gedge from Eastchester, NY

Nice to see that just about everyone understands the maturity of Brahms' first!

Jan. 05 2011 10:48 AM

Brahms, the power, the glory -- I can't never forget that opening motif.

Jan. 05 2011 10:47 AM
Elizabeth from Hoboken, NJ

Brahms!

Jan. 05 2011 10:47 AM
Peter Wolfe

Mahler's first is much better than any of the above.

Jan. 05 2011 10:38 AM
Pesach Schindler from Jerusalem,Israel

Though this may have been the "first" for Brahms, it represents one of the most mature and profound works in the Symphonic repetoire..

Jan. 05 2011 10:23 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

I'm voting for Brahms!

Jan. 05 2011 10:21 AM
KAREN A. LANGRO

What's not to like about anything Beethovens composed? There's nothing to dislike! It's great that we will alway's be able to hear his wonderful music!\

Jan. 05 2011 10:04 AM
Anne C from New York City

Brahms is definitely my favorite. And while I enjoy listening to Beethoven's instrumental works, we're getting close to overload.

Jan. 05 2011 09:59 AM
Thomas from Sparta, NJ

It looks like most people like Brahms's first symphony the best. I think there's a reason for that, which is that of all the first symphonies it IS the best. So I'll join them in voting for the Brahms First.

Jan. 05 2011 09:59 AM
Guido Coen from montelaterone Italy

I vote for Brahms since in my opinion it the most mature for a 1st symphony

Jan. 05 2011 09:56 AM
herbert vaughan, MD from stamford CT

It's gotta be Brahms. It's the best of the bunch. beethoven gets too much air time already

Jan. 05 2011 09:53 AM
Karen Davidowitz from Flushing, NY

I've played all those first symphonies & just because they are "firsts" they are not easy to play.
I vote for Brahms because I admire his tenacity to stick it through so many years just to compose his first symphony.

Jan. 05 2011 09:51 AM
Bob

The Brahms is the major work in the list, but I haven't heard the Beethoven in a while; the bigger Beethoven symphonies get the air time. It'll be my choice for today.

Jan. 05 2011 09:17 AM
Michael Meltzer

WQXR plays the Schubert # 1 about twice a year, without much complaint, and the Prokofiev #1 about twice a week, also without much complaint.
Might not the present group of four choices be more reflective?

Jan. 05 2011 09:00 AM
carole from Pittsfield MA

Brahms

Jan. 05 2011 08:57 AM
diana mcghie from cortland manor ny

Brahms First. With Schumann First in a very close second.

Jan. 05 2011 08:54 AM
Richard Levin from Jerusalem, Israel

Thanks for fixing the display. Now I can choose Brahms. Brahms 1st, yes!!

Jan. 05 2011 08:44 AM
William Lee from Brooklyn, NY

Brahms's First is my favorite of all symphonies and does not seem to rotate often enough on WQXR's playlist. I would not pass up a chance to hear it at any time.

Jan. 05 2011 08:43 AM
PJ Henry

Brahms, baby, Brahms!

Jan. 05 2011 08:32 AM
Tim from Washington, DC

Brahms has the biggest sound of this bunch of firsts - bigger ain't always better but I'll vote for it today.

Jan. 05 2011 08:08 AM
phyllis

In memory of my late husband, who didn't know much about classical music, but loved Brahms #1 and saw it performed at every opportunity, I'd love to hear that.

Jan. 05 2011 08:02 AM
Gev Sweeney

I think that, in terms of a true "Fresh Start," Brahms's First is most appropriate, considering he didn't start writing symphonies until about mid-way through his career.

Jan. 05 2011 07:50 AM
Jule Foster from Berlin, Germany

What happened to the Brahms' First
choice?

Jan. 05 2011 07:28 AM
Richard Levine from Israel

I love the Schumann 1st, but Jeff Spurgeon just said that Brahms' 1st would also be on the list, and that's the one I really would have voted for. I didn't see it, only the Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. What happened?

Jan. 05 2011 07:18 AM
Rosemarie Gates

Tough choice, but I would most enjoy hearing the Schumann amidst the frustrations of my routine workday!

Jan. 05 2011 06:49 AM
JHT from No longer in Manhattan

We don't get to hear Beethoven's First Symphony often enough on the air, and we need to hear it to appreciate fully where he went from there.

Jan. 05 2011 06:05 AM

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