String Sextets

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

In recognition of Trout Week, WQXR's chamber music festival, we wanted to know: what's your favorite string sextet? You voted for Tchaikovsky and we played it at 12 noon. 

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Brahms' String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

Korngold's String Sextet in D Major, Op. 10

Tchaikovsky's String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence”

Comments [16]

Michael from Manhattan

I voted for Korngold because it's almost never played and I'd like to hear it. I know the Brahms and Tchaikovsky well.

Apr. 06 2011 11:57 AM
Miles

I voted for the Tschaikowksy (or Tchaikovsky, whichever alternative spelling you prefer) and make no apologies. Sure it's played more frequently than the others, especially the Korngold. But it's noon, the sun is shining here in West Orange, NJ --- so why not have a souvenir of Florence? There's nothing wrong with Korngold, of course, but there is always his film scores, especially Robin Hood.

Apr. 06 2011 11:51 AM
Jim -Basking Ridge,N.J. from Basking Ride,N.J.

Korngold,nothing but sweet,sweet music.

Apr. 06 2011 11:35 AM
Marcia from Brooklyn

I voted for the Korngold sextet. The Tchaikovsky is a favorite of mine and I love Brahms chamber music, but this was a chance to hear something unfamiliar (a classical piece by Korngold).

Apr. 06 2011 11:16 AM
dirk baron herbst from basel/switzerland

yes, of course tschaikovsky will make it! -
but perhaps, there is a chance to hear the korngold-sextet one of these days on wqxr with the "hamburger streichsextet" because this interpretation is just... -

to the team of wqxr: please let me know and all the best from the alps...

Apr. 06 2011 11:11 AM
Michael Meltzer

It would be interesting to know the size of your voting sample. If it's just a few dozen voters, we really would have no idea what is the most popular, and picking from a hat would be just as reliable.
If that's the case, it would be better to play all three.

Apr. 06 2011 11:09 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

That was easy! I picked the Tchaikovsky. Now I have a challenge for you - sometime during this week, since you are highlighting string quartets, why don't you play the string quartet of Anton Bruckner? If the third movement doesn't make your heart feel lighter, I don't know what will!

Apr. 06 2011 11:08 AM
Barbara Lea from Hillsdale, NJ

Tchaikoshy, please. Always my favorite.

Apr. 06 2011 11:05 AM
Norman Dee from Manhasset, NY

Brahms... Brahms... I love the G major. I just heard a glorious performance of the Bb major by the Performers of Westchester last Friday. Nothing beats hearing this music in live intimate surroundings.

Apr. 06 2011 10:42 AM
Dorothy from NJ

I vote for Tchaikovsky. The music
is as fluid as a swift moving trout.

Apr. 06 2011 10:29 AM

Tchyskofsi. Pardon the typo

Apr. 06 2011 10:28 AM
Neil Schnall

This is another bogus choice. Who has ever even heard the Korngold? I'm with Francisca on this one. We should have the opportunity to hear new things.

However, I predict, since popular votes tend to favor comfort zones, that it will be Tchaikovsky. I won't be unhappy if it turns out to be the Brahms. Since I'm at work though, and won't really get to listen regardless of the choice, I don't actually care.

Apr. 06 2011 10:21 AM
ward from New Haven

I would go with the Brahms

Apr. 06 2011 10:19 AM
Michael Meltzer

There's no place to vote as of !0:06 AM, so I voice-vote for Brahms, unless you are planning one of those unctuous string orchestra arrangements. If that's the case, I retract my vote and I'll sit this one out.

Apr. 06 2011 10:08 AM
Francisca Sabadie from Scarsdale, New York

well, i have no idea which is my favorite since have never heard the Korngold but want to hear it - one of the main reasons to listen to WQXR - to hear new music and broaden one's horizons - in addition, of course, to hearing all your cheery voices- love Brahms chamber music but know it much better and do love Die Tote Stadt - thanks

Apr. 06 2011 09:52 AM
linda from nyc

Cannot figure out where to vote.

Apr. 06 2011 09:22 AM

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