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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

the Alps in Switzerland the Alps in Switzerland (rhoadeecha)

With a heat wave gripping much of the U.S. (and testing New Yorkers’ resilience), we want to know how you'd like to cool down with classical music. You told us you wanted to explore Antactica with Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 7, 'Sinfonia Antartica' and we played it at 12 noon.


Comments [27]

KC from North End, Boston


Jul. 20 2011 12:54 PM
Julie K. from New Jersey

Thanks to WQXR these past few months I've gone from knowing a total of two Williams pieces (Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis and Fantasia on Greensleeves) to being a major aficionado of his work. So happy the 7th got picked!

Jul. 20 2011 12:16 PM
joey c

Sounds like a horror movie - where;s the PIT?

Jul. 20 2011 12:13 PM
Al Luna from Bronx, NY

WOW! yeah! I'm shocked! I thought I'd be listening to Tchaikovsky!!! I voted for Vaughan Williams. Thanks everyone!!!

Jul. 20 2011 12:12 PM
EileenCG from Katonah, NY

YES! YES! Gwen, I agree!!!

Let's hear Purcell. I especially love Ye Loving Sons of Art. I had a great recording of it lost in a move. Or let's hear any Purcell!

Jul. 20 2011 12:10 PM
Freddy from NYC

I vote for Vaughan Williams and agree with Steve from White Plains.
Thank you WQXR for enriching my listening pleasure!

Jul. 20 2011 12:02 PM
Norman from Rockville Centre

Remember only a few months ago we all complained about the brutally cold winter.Let's have a little music not played often: Vaughan Williams gets my vote.

Jul. 20 2011 12:00 PM
Janice Guttman from forest hills

For me It is "Winter Dreams" since Tchaikovsky never fails to make me feel uplifted which I very much need to feel today and on many other days.

Jul. 20 2011 12:00 PM
Cathy from NYC

"Winter Dreams" please !!

Jul. 20 2011 11:58 AM
Fred from NYC

I usually go for music not often aired but, the Tchaikovsky is the best for this Show Down.

Jul. 20 2011 11:42 AM
Tom Walsh from Montclair

I would like to hear all of them, but I cannot vote against one of my favorites: Tchaikovsky, 1st, please (and Kat is right: it's Winter Dreams, not Winter Daydreams)

Jul. 20 2011 11:37 AM
Gwenn Schneider from West Orange, NJ


By Henry Purcell. Written for the birthday of
Queen Mary, wife of William the third and first
performed on April 30, 1694.
A gorgeous toast to Mary. Incidentally I believe
Purcell is completely ignored by WQXR. What
do you guys have against this great and prolific
composer? PS I have been a wqxr addict for
many decades. Could not live without it.

Jul. 20 2011 11:36 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Whenever Tchaikovsky is in the mix on the Showdown at High Noon, he always gets my vote! His Symphony #1 should be played more often.

Jul. 20 2011 11:20 AM
Eric from Under the Westchester Scirocco's

A nice little jab at Maestro Rubenstein of the Moscow Conservatory for calling this work "unimportant".

Hah Rubenstein ..... who zoomin who now?

This is the most forceful of these pieces (which this layman knows), and were gonna need all the force we can get for this heat.

Jul. 20 2011 11:18 AM
Leland Hoch from Hartsdale,NY

I heard the Philadelphia Orchestra perform Einojuhani Rautavaara's CANTUS ARTICUS in a subscription concert conducted by Osmo Vänskä four or five years ago. Magnificent, enchanting piece of music by Maestro Rautavaara. Would love to hear it again today.

Jul. 20 2011 11:17 AM
Steve from White Plains

Ralph Vaughan William's Symphony No. 7, "Sinfonia Antartica", for sure. He's one of the most consistently under remembered composers. And, he's done it all. Some of the most beautiful secular music I've ever heard and also some of the best sacred music I've heard outside Bach. Besides, if I don't vote for him, my ears will fall off...

Jul. 20 2011 11:15 AM
Miles from Montclair, NJ

Tchaikovsky's First Symphony, while somewhat neglected, is nonetheless a marvelous work. The icy calm of the opening of the first movement, in particular, would soothe anyone feeling distress due to the current heat wave. So I'm casting my vote for this piece, for the benefit of all those who not only seek relief from the heat, but also the dreamlike comfort the symphony offers no matter what the temperature outside.

Jul. 20 2011 10:51 AM
Beverly Joy from Cambridge

Ralph Vaughn Williams is so totally cool...

What other choice could there possibly be?

Jul. 20 2011 10:26 AM

What can I say... Pyotr Ilyich is the MAN!

Jul. 20 2011 10:16 AM
L.Lubin from Fort Lee, NJ

All wonderful works, so it is a very hard choice. Since I've only heard the Rautavaara once and I own recordings of the others, I'll go with that. But, if it wins, when its over I'm going to put on von Karajan's recording of the Alpensinfonie. It is so vivid you can almost feel the wind-blown ice crystals hitting your face!

Jul. 20 2011 10:15 AM

I voted for the Strauss piece even though I feel the Tchaikovsky piece would be a good runner-up while the Vaughan Williams is a not often performed work that should be heard more. I don't particularly like birds so no Rautavaara for me. But how about a brief blast of Vivaldi's 'Winter' from the Four Seasons as a nice chaser?

Jul. 20 2011 09:55 AM
Louis from Staten Island

The Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antartica, #7, seems not only the most appropriate choice, but the most potent in bringing about a bracingly chilly atmosphere. Nothing but nothing beats the haunting strains of the wordless soprano combined with the frosty tone of the wind machine, especially on a day when the temps promise to soar into the 90s. VW has my vote!

Jul. 20 2011 09:20 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

I vote for the Rautavaara 'cause I've never heard it before. Stay cool everyone!

Jul. 20 2011 08:55 AM
Barry from Millburn, NJ

Hey, I know in heart of hearts that "Winter Dreams" is going to win. It is really one of the most unique and personal of all the great nineteenth century symphonies.

Jul. 20 2011 08:32 AM
Catherine from Lansdale PA

Tchaikovsky's "Winter Dreams" has been for me one of those classical music pieces that brings a sense of serenity, beauty and awe at the ability of music to calm and allow the beauty of our auditory world to prevail.

Jul. 20 2011 05:44 AM
Dillon from Olympia, WA

I voted for the Rautavaara, even though I'm perfectly aware that the Strauss will probably win, since Eine Alpensinfonie is the most popular piece on the list. I do love Strauss, but with the Rautavaara, I can actually imagine the cold northern regions of Scandinavia, and what a great piece it is. I just listened to it for the first time, and I'm glad I did. At any rate, living in Washington state right now, we're having an unusually cool summer with temperatures usually only getting up to the 60s daily. I envy you New Yorkers.

Jul. 20 2011 01:25 AM
Michael Meltzer

Grieg: Norwegian Dances. Orchestra, or Piano, 4-Hands. Either way.

Jul. 20 2011 12:51 AM

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