Winter Sounds

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

As we trudge through the seemingly endless snow, WQXR asked whose ode to winter is your favorite: that by Vivaldi, Glazunov, Verdi or Piazzolla. You told us and we played it at noon.


Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons "Winter"


Alexander Glazunov: The Season "Winter"


Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani "Winter"


Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires "Winter"

Comments [72]

Mike Handelsman from Kensington, Brooklyn

I add my recommendation of Tchaikovsky's "Winter Dreams" to those already given. Not having read enough comments, I do not know whether "Winter" from Haydn's "The Seasons" has been suggested, but it certainly should have been offered as a choice! The brooding introduction establishes the appropriate hibernal state of mind, which the beautiful arias initially sustain - before sounding more anticipatory of spring. I most recently played my English recording - Colin Davis with the BBC S.O. and Chorus, Philips. Splendid!

Jan. 12 2011 07:32 PM
Mila Lipovski

I was disappointed with the result of the vote. Not because I don't love Vivaldi.
One of the music lovers wrote to you today: "I am least familiar with Piazzolla"
The second half of the 20th Century has very few composer's names to offer proudly to the Future. Piazzolla is one of those few.
Should you pay more attention to him?

Jan. 12 2011 12:27 PM
Catherine from Originally from Winnipeg

I have been in Buenos Aires in their winter. As the Argentinians were bundled up in fur coats and goves, I was wearing a t-shirt and light khaki pants. It is all a matter of what climate you have been accustomed to experience.

Jan. 12 2011 12:19 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Italy is not so wonderful in the winter. I lived in central Italy for four years. The masonry, ceramic tile and marble floors, etc. Very cold and damp. But winter is brief in the south and central parts. Ah but the spring. Beautiful -- goldfinches singing their little hearts out, the almond trees in bloom and the scent of lemons in the air.

Jan. 12 2011 12:13 PM
Monica Lira from Brooklyn

Much as I love Piazzolla, I can hear his other tango works lurking here. Vivaldi I've hear enough of to last me several lifetimes. Verdi is logvely but I vote gor Glazunov, the real winter feeling is righjt there.

Jan. 12 2011 12:00 PM
john Goodwin from demarest, NJ

Winter ? Glazunov !

Jan. 12 2011 11:59 AM
TBH from New York


Jan. 12 2011 11:58 AM
Charles Eisenhardt from Whitestone

Four great works of music, but I look to be "warmed up" when I think of winter. And no composer does it better than Vivaldi. Ah, those warm notes from the Mediterranean!

Jan. 12 2011 11:56 AM
abby from Ossining, NY

Vivaldi, please.

Jan. 12 2011 11:56 AM

I vote for the Glazinov. It's lovely. Is there a place to vote for which piece you want. I couldn't find it after listening to each piece.

Jan. 12 2011 11:56 AM
Ray from Rome, NY

Vivaldi please

Jan. 12 2011 11:56 AM
Lilian Cheah

I vote for Vivaldi!

Jan. 12 2011 11:55 AM
Becky from Delaware

Piazzolla please.

Jan. 12 2011 11:54 AM

I vote for the Piazzolla. Lets have something different.

Jan. 12 2011 11:53 AM
JOHN R WILSON JR from Manhattan

Vivaldi, please.

Jan. 12 2011 11:48 AM
LAURA MENESES from Queens, New York

My vote is for Antonio Vivaldi.
My favorite from him is THE FOUR SEASONS.
Thank you WQXR for the beatuful music.

Jan. 12 2011 11:43 AM
E from Park Slope

Piazolla captured what I felt as I walked through Prospect Park early this morning–the sun breaking through the snow covered branches casting long shadows over the iridescent fields, a surprising short breeze blowing a dusting of sparkling snow across the path, and the occasional skier gliding past in the distance. Moments of seclusion, moments of surprise, and moments of joy.

Jan. 12 2011 11:42 AM
Lilly from Garden City So

I vote for Glasanov. Who could be more in touch with winter than someone from Russia.

Jan. 12 2011 11:42 AM
Joseph Carrion from Brooklyn NY

Glazunov captures the captures the icy facets of bleakness, cold, and at times exhilaration of Winter best.

Jan. 12 2011 11:41 AM
joseph from Manhattan

Of the four pieces I am partial to the Glazunov.
The most "wintery" piece of music that I like and know is the second movement of the George Antheil Serenade for Strings No.1. It has a wintery wistfulness, shimmering shivering string tremuloes and pizzicato slipping of feet on ice. It's georgeous. An amazingly lyrical piece from the "Bad Boy of Music" who scared the music world with Ballet Mechanique.
PS Hi Midge from Joseph Schwarz formerly of WNET

Jan. 12 2011 11:39 AM
Nancy Wight from New York City

I agree with the previous comment that Tchaikovsky's "Winter Dreams" should be included. That said, I voted for Glazunov.

Thanks, Midge, for all your fine work, commentary and perfect radio voice.

Jan. 12 2011 11:37 AM
Deborah from Jersey City

On a snow day we should listen to Glazanov.

Jan. 12 2011 11:35 AM
Chimes from LIC from LIC NY

All lovely but I vote for Vivaldi first and Piazzolla second.

Jan. 12 2011 11:30 AM
giorgio finocchiaro from new york city

Nothing better in a moment of distress that the "genius" of Astor Piazzolla enlightening our soul !

Jan. 12 2011 11:28 AM
Kevin from Tarrytown

Shouldn't Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 "Winter Dreams" have been one of the choices?

Jan. 12 2011 11:25 AM
Harriet Camille

I vote for Vivaldi of those four.
My favorite winter piece however is the Frederick Delius piece, "Sleigh Ride". It is really a musical picture of a crisp snowy day complete with the pealing of the horses' bells as they shake the snow from their manes.

Jan. 12 2011 11:25 AM
Paul Tomzak from Jackson Height, New York

My vote is for Glazunov. Really brings the chill and tempest of winter. WQXR opens so many portals of music that it is just wonderful

Jan. 12 2011 11:22 AM
Reginald Brown from Brooklyn

In light of another recent shooting tragedy, could another mindset be used other than "showdown at high noon"? The American psyche is so seeped in "wild-west" mythology that we think nothing of h having a showdown at noon, an obvious reference to "Showdown at the OK Corral. I do not have an alternative, but I am sure my fellow listeners with their artistic sensibilities can offer something less violent. Please keep up the good work. QXR is the only station my cats (3) and I listen to. I leave it on for them even when I am not at home because it reminds them of our times together. Thank you

Jan. 12 2011 11:21 AM
Jay Pack from Jersey City, NJ

It is not at all clear on your homepage where to vote in the high noon contest

Jan. 12 2011 11:19 AM
Ira Ehrenkranz from morristown new jersey

Please play more Vivaldi's Winter it's so in tune with what's happening out of the windows here in New Jersey's burbs.

Jan. 12 2011 11:18 AM

Although I love Vivaldi, my vote goes to Glazunov. It makes me feel the chill of winter in my bones. Piazzolla is good, but his winter makes me want to dance rather than wrap myself up in a warm comforter. And Verdi, what can I say? I love him, but his winter does not make me shiver.

Jan. 12 2011 11:18 AM
Christopher Reilly from Tampa, Florida

I think in this case it is the Russian who best conveys the soul of winter. I listened to each sample, and I believe this piece is sublime. I have heard Vivaldi enough times on classical radio, lets give some one else their due.

Jan. 12 2011 11:18 AM

I love piazzola, and he is not played often enough.

Jan. 12 2011 11:17 AM
Michele Ryding from New York City

Piazzolla!!!!! Listen and dream about Buenos Aires where they have summer now.

Jan. 12 2011 11:16 AM
Lynda Lees Adams from Port Washington, NY

Piazzolla! Hands down favorite. I may still be shoveling at noon, but I want you to play it anyway.

Jan. 12 2011 11:16 AM
Laura-Jeanne M.

The Glazunov captures an intense winter storm, as well as the beautiful glistening snow on the trees after the storm, through his musical imagery. Therefore, my vote today is for Glazunov's musical depiction of winter. (The Vivaldi has always been a favorite of mine though; the violin solo is so incredibly beautiful.)

Jan. 12 2011 11:16 AM
Herb Mann from Park Slope

A shiver for Piazzolla's chilly harmonies and orchestration.

Jan. 12 2011 11:13 AM
Carmen-Elizabeth Guzman Lombert from Hell's Kitchen, NYC


Jan. 12 2011 11:12 AM
Leslie Offutt

Piazzola!! The canon needs to be broadened to include such wonderful American pieces

Jan. 12 2011 11:12 AM
Gloria from Queens, NY

Piazzolla please :--)

Jan. 12 2011 11:11 AM
Sophie Arielle from Mamaroneck NY

The Lieutenant Kijé suite by Prokofiev gets my vote for truly invoking a snowy landscape!

Jan. 12 2011 11:11 AM
Brenda Caronia from Riverdale, NY

I love them and would love to hear all of thelm but My one vote is for:
Vivaldi- Winter

Jan. 12 2011 11:11 AM
Lindsay from Providence

anything but the overplayed Vivaldi please

Jan. 12 2011 11:10 AM

What about "Russian Christmas"?

Jan. 12 2011 11:02 AM
Robert Gevert from NYC

Glazunov.A walk by the Hudson on a snowy day reminds of His Winter.

Jan. 12 2011 10:59 AM
Leland Hoch from Hartsdale, NY

All the choices are wonderful; however, I vote for the Glazunov, who really wrote about winter from first hand experience in his native Russia. Alexander Glazunov's musical impressions of winter-time are splendid.

Jan. 12 2011 10:54 AM
Hope Brown from nyc

Glazunov just for a change

Jan. 12 2011 10:53 AM
Gelato Veneto from Manhattan

Vivaldi rules.

Jan. 12 2011 10:52 AM
Peter F. Eder from Darien, CT

I'd like to hear the Piazzolla piece. For me, even the letters of his name connotes what is comforting in snowy weather - a great slice of pizza, a glass of warm red wine and of course, WQXR.

Jan. 12 2011 10:51 AM
Fred Williams from NYC

What, no Beethoven; Piazzolla, please!

Jan. 12 2011 10:51 AM
Ily from Bronx

Alexander Glazunov sounds pretty chilly to me.

Jan. 12 2011 10:49 AM
Nora Levin from Buenos Aires, Argentina

My vote goes to Maestro Piazzolla, because he was one of the best contemporary Argentinian composers, and the one who made a revolution on tango. His "Estaciones porteñas" ("Buenos Aires´ Seasons") are among the best pieces he wrote.

Jan. 12 2011 10:48 AM
Raul Pokorski from Buenos Aires - Argentina


Jan. 12 2011 10:44 AM
Randall Gabrielan

You omitted Prokofiev's Battle on the Ice from Alexander Nevsky.

Jan. 12 2011 10:29 AM
H Johnson from Allendale, NJ

I agree -- let's hear something different (even tho I love Vivaldi and the rest) I'm least familiar with Piazzolla, so let's hear Piazzolla.

Jan. 12 2011 10:25 AM
Salvatore Diana from New York, NY

My vote is for Verdi

Jan. 12 2011 10:20 AM
allison from NYC


Jan. 12 2011 10:11 AM
Cat Lady from Miami from Miami Florida

I'm with Maggie Bowie--it's got to be the Red Priest's "Winter". There is a reason why it's "overplayed." It's incomparable!

Jan. 12 2011 10:10 AM
Edward Vogel from Bronx,New York

I reallly love Vivaldi, The 4 seasons is a great classic. I vote for Vivaldi's Winter.

Jan. 12 2011 10:06 AM
Kris from Westfield NJ

Piazzolla please!

Jan. 12 2011 10:05 AM
Al Luna from Bronx, NY

Yes, I can almost hear the snowflakes...Glazunov.
BTW, Symphony No. 4...?

Jan. 12 2011 10:04 AM
Katherine Wagner from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Please play Glazunov! Here in Edmonton it is a bone-chilling -27 degree Celsius (which is almost -17 degree Fahrenheit) this morning! Glazunov being Russian is my pick to perfectly capture the feeling of Winter, he would know it best!

Jan. 12 2011 10:03 AM
Ralph in Delaware from Delaware

I would rather hear Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet) play In the Bleak Midwinter, but since that's not one of the choices, I'll go with anything except Vivaldi. My vote is for Piazzolla.

Jan. 12 2011 10:01 AM
mhetley from NYC

You should play the Frost Scene from Purcell's King Arthur for really shivery music.

Jan. 12 2011 10:00 AM
Mike in Bushwick from Bushwick, Brooklyn


Jan. 12 2011 10:00 AM
Diane from Jackson, TN

The Piazzolla please! 15 degrees here with a wind chill of 3. This piece makes me feel warm inside.

Jan. 12 2011 09:55 AM
Michael Carrano from Brooklyn

I would love to hear Alexander Glazunov's The Season "Winter".

Jan. 12 2011 09:52 AM
Maggie Bowie from Morris Township, NJ

Who Else? Has to be the Red Priest! Listen to it and shiver!

Jan. 12 2011 09:45 AM
Flute Lady from Manhattan

Please! Not Vivaldi! What is this fascination with Vivaldi? I'm up to here with hearing bits of the Four Seasons used almost as a default advertising jingle. Even the US passport office - last time I had to call them, anyway - used the first page or two of "Spring" over and over when I was on "hold." You'd think at least they, of all people, would have used music by Copland or Bernstein!

Jan. 12 2011 09:39 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

The Vivaldi is by far the most famous but also the most over-played so let's hear something else. The Piazzolla is new to me and quite lovely but I vote for the Verdi. Can't let a day go by without listening to a Verdi tune or two.

Jan. 12 2011 09:30 AM
Julia de Bary from Kearny, NJ

All thece peices are so beautiful but my heart is with a native from Argentina.....will see

Jan. 12 2011 09:23 AM
Saul Zalkin from Upper West Side

I vote for the Piazzolla. Its a piece I don't know. Lets have something different.

Jan. 12 2011 08:18 AM

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