A Tchaikovsky Triple Threat

Showdown @ Nigh Noon

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

In 1891, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducted the opening night program for Carnegie Hall's very first season. Tonight, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will open the 2011-2012 season at Carnegie Hall. The program features Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (with Yo-Yo Ma), plus music of other Russian masters.

As a preview, we wanted to hear Gergiev and the Mariinsky perform another Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Of all the votes, half of you chose Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D (with Vadim Repin) and we played it at noon.


Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture

Violin Concerto in D


Capriccio Italien

Comments [19]

susan satz

where is the "listen now" button? it is bad enough that i cannot get wqxr on the radio; now i cannot get it on the internet.

what do i do? why have you changed the format?

Oct. 05 2011 01:27 PM
Carl from Clearwater, Fl.

Love them thar strings!

Oct. 05 2011 11:55 AM
Fred Adler from SI NY

eager to hear the violin concerto played by Repin.

Oct. 05 2011 11:50 AM
Mizan Kirby Nunes from West Village, New York City

D Major Violin Concerto. I enjoy good music, Jazz, Funk, Rock , Classical, it is all Soul. I am so happy I was given the opportunity to study Music Appreciation at John Jay High School and later I actually danced the waltz at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Thanks for great music.Mizan

Oct. 05 2011 11:49 AM

I am a die-hard romantic so it has to be Romeo and Juliet for me!

Oct. 05 2011 11:49 AM
Richard Levine from River Vale, NJ

Love the overture but with the violin concerto we also get that beautiful oboe in the slow movement. So I picked the concerto.

Oct. 05 2011 11:45 AM
Shelly Hoffman

Though I would like to hear all 3 played back-to-back, I'll go with the Violin Concerto since it doesn't get as much air time as the other two. Why not have an all-day Tchaikovsky marathon? BTW, nice new website design.

Oct. 05 2011 11:45 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

This is a win-win-win situation for me, because I am always happy to hear anything by Tchaikovsky! Today I chose the Violin Concerto because I have not heard it in a while.

Oct. 05 2011 11:25 AM
Cynthia from Cleveland, OH

Love all of them, but I'll cast my vote for the Violin Concerto. It never gets old to me.

Oct. 05 2011 11:12 AM
John Blasdale from Whippany NJ

In my opinion the Fantasy Overture is the finest music Tchaikovsky composed.

Oct. 05 2011 10:43 AM
Annette from North Bergen, NJ

Love the violin concerto. It makes me think more clearly.

Must be the strings.....

Oct. 05 2011 10:22 AM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

Hard to think/hear/read about Tchaikovsky without being reminded of Monty Python's "Farming Club" skit, discussing Peter Ilyich, presenting the question of whether he was the tortured genius, etc., or "just an old poof who wrote tunes". Two of my never forgotten childhood introductions to classical music were "The Nutcracker" and the "Pathetique" symphony, the fourth movement of which - despite its openness to charges of over-emotionalism - I still find somewhat daunting to listen to.
anyway: the violin concerto, as the most substantial piece of the three offered.

Oct. 05 2011 10:15 AM

Would love to hear ANY of them -- but there does not seem to be a link on the new website to LISTEN NOW TO WHAT IS ON THE AIR. Help!

Oct. 05 2011 10:10 AM
Julia de Bary from Kearny, NJ

Capirccio Italien : my favorite becuase it bring me so gwonderfull memories from my childhood and my dad.....

Oct. 05 2011 09:58 AM
John J. Christiano from Franklin NJ

Viva l'Italia! Capricciamo!

Oct. 05 2011 09:55 AM
Bettylou from Morristown, NJ

Every time I hear this, it is like the
first time. What beauty>

Oct. 05 2011 09:07 AM
Kathy Hauser from Long Island

Make me swoon at noon w/ Tchai's violin concerto! I have been listening to this concerto since I was a child (we are talking 5 decades!)
and EVERYTIME I am amazed and hear something new.

Oct. 05 2011 08:53 AM
Maria Nocera from Westwood, NJ

Violin Concerto in D!

Oct. 05 2011 08:51 AM


Oct. 05 2011 08:08 AM

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