Sergei Prokofiev was born this week in 1891. You told us you wanted to hear his Romeo and Juliet ballet and we played it today at 12 noon.
Love the Classical Symphony. However, where oh where is our Long Island and shoreline Connecticut signal like on 96.5?
Promises made, promises broken.
The William Kappell boxed set cited by Mr. Schnall is reviewed by Tim Page for the Washington Post at:http://www.williamkapell.com/articles/timpage.html
Toby, excellent choice! Although RCA released a boxed set of the "complete" recordings of William Kapell on CD, I seriously doubt a single recording of his has ever been aired on the new WQXR. More's the pity, as he was one of the great pianists, his life tragically cut short by an airplane crash, leaving behind a young family. Fortunately, he recorded prodigiously during his short life. We'll just have to enjoy his recorded legacy privately, I guess.
Miles is right about Cyril Ritchard. "Peter and the Wolf" was my first classical LP (1957), with "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" on side 2. What a wonderful way to meet the orchestra!
Please play them ALL!
I hope it's the Peter and the Wolf narrated by George Raft. Such a fun recording!
The piano concerto no. 3 is overplayed, why not do the second?
I grew up listenning to Peter and the Wolf narrated by the fabulous Danny Kay
His Romeo and Juliet is incomparable - rich, powerful, charming, ominous and playful. Perfect.
Romeo & Juliet, the most amazing piece!!!!
I don't think we hear Prokofiev often enough. I am looking forward to hearing his pieces today and especially Peter and the Wolf.Thanks you for good music, always!
Although I love Romeo and Juliet, I'm going with Peter and the Wolf today. The latter is simply played less often. I'm crossing my fingers that the narrator does a good job. After Cyril Ritchard's definitive narration, anyone else is a real gamble.
Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto - most magnificently played by William Kapell!
Romeo and Juliet -heavenly and glorious!
Prokofiev is a wonderful composer in so many areas, but please, today the piano concerto.
I too grew up in Brooklyn. WQXR was basically the only station allowed at home Thanks to the internet and technology, I also listen to your station in the Desert Southwest of El Paso, Texas.
The Piano Concerto # 3, please. We hardly ever hear it, and it's so beautiful.
I never tire of Romeo and Juliet...as someone previously mentioned, it's the perfect ballet score!
It feels like a romantic morning here in El Paso, TX. I grew up in Brooklyn listening to WQXR. You can take the girl out of the city but I will listen to WQXR always.
Peter and the wolf. Hardly ever hear it.
This is great concerto which isn't played enough.
Peter and the Wolf, please please please!
It was one of my favorites as a child. I listened to it all the time on my Victrola.
It would make me feel young again to hear it today.
It is so difficult as each piece brings me to a wonderfull place but I have to go with Romeo & Juliet. The perfect ballet piece. And yes I despise hearing only excerpts from a piece of music though the only alternative is to listen after midnight or enjoy the music another way. Though I am still a big fan
My vote is for Romeo and Juliet. My daughter, Catherine, is celebrating her birthday today and was a ballet dancer!
Peter and The Wolf -- I remember, as a child , how my imagination ran wild as I envisioned each animal by its instrument.
It is so hard to chose, but I have a special place in my heart for "Peter and the Wolf", especially the recording with Cyril Ritchard narrating.
Please NOT Peter & the Wolf. I hated to listen to that in my high school music classes.
Romeo and Juliet. What else is there to say? Also love his Classical Symphony.
Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet - the most perfect ballet score!
Piano Concerto #3. First heard it when watching the movie "The Competition" and have loved it since then. Let's give Peter and the Wolf a rest!
I pick Romeo and Juliette ballet music although I agree with another comment about Nevsky. Best film music ever!
I will pick R&J although I am always disappointed to hear only excerpts rather than the full score. I'd sooner nominate Lt. Kije, Alexander Nevsky, Symphony #3 or The Flaming Angel.
+1 for Peter & the Wolf - I feel reminiscent today.
Oh course, we all love Peter and the Wolf! (How many times did my brother and cousins and I act it out in our living room?). But, please, can't we hear something aired not quite so often? My vote is for the Piano Concerto. Just hearing those few opening bars has brightened my day -- and hoping for more!
My favorite Prokofiev score will always be the Lieutenant Kije Suite, thanks to Woody Allen's soundtrack for the film "Love and Death."
I think I am outnumbered . Lots of votes for Peter and the Wolf. I love, love, love Piano Concerto #3. Its wild and joyful. You do not play it very often on WQXR. Please, please, please, play it anyway. Thanks.
Romeo and Juliet for its depth & emotion and a personal favorite.
Peter and the Wolf. Brings back memories of elementary school.
Difficult to choose ...all of three selections arel very different in styles, purposes and magnitudes...but...I will go for Peter and the WolfThank you to all WQXR staff for being there 24/7..can not imagine my day with out you:)
My preferred Prokofiev´s transcription is Cantate Alexander Nevsky. However as it is not on the list, I suggest my second preferred, Peter and the Wolf.
peter and the wolf with an happy end for all the "kids"...best wishes to the team of wqxr from the alps and thanks for the wonderful music... d.
All three are beautiful, of course. But Peter and the Wolf is the doorway into classical music for most children. Give the piece and its composer their due.
Oh my, it has to be Peter and the Wolf. What wonderful, incredible memories that evokes. Brings us all back to our childhood. Thank you
If you can only play one, make it Peter & The Wolf. It may remind us that here in the US wolves need our protection.
Peter and the Wolf brings back wonderful memories for me. My children loved it.
Difficult to choose amongst your three selections because they are all so different in styles, purposes and magnitudes but I'll vote for Romeo and Juliet because it is a personal favorite. Planning my own Prokofiev festival today.
Peter and the Wolf? a natural for noon
My son is obsessed with Peter and the Wolf (he is only 3). We hear it many times a day and neither one of us gets tired of it!
Play them all - they're nothing short of masterworks written by a musical genius.
I have framed a small picture of Prokofiev. Any one who can produce a piece of music like the third, that takes you on such a roller coaster ride , gets a frame.
Romeo and Juliet, a long ago love used to practice her stretches and positions to its remarkable score.
I love Prokofiev's works which are for a young audience. An example would be his Peter and the Wolf.
For his adult work, I would choose his Violin Concerto no. 2 in G minor. I have both selections, with Jascha Heifetz in the latter composition.
Thank you WQXR for your way to honor our classical composers.
Alexander Nevsky. Cantata or complete score, take your pick.
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