Polish Power

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

With an all-day Polish new music marathon on Q2 Music, our 24-hour new-music channel, WQXR has great Polish composers on its mind. And many of you lamented the absence of Polish masters on this year's Classical Countdown. So today, we're asking: which of these Romantic Polish concertos would you like to hear: Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 or Paderewski's Piano Concerto in A Major.

Update: You told us you'd like to hear the Chopin Concerto, which we played at 12 noon. Thanks to all who voted!


Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2  

Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2

Paderewski: Piano Concerto in A Major

Comments [16]

When you think of Polish composers, of course Chopin immediately comes to mind and I have no doubt as to the outcome. How about some Szymanowski for a change?

Therefore I am officially not casting my vote.

It's like the New Year Classical countdown. The is no doubt as to what will will be number 1 every year.

Jan. 18 2012 11:57 AM
Martin Czajkowski

You have to play Chopin !!!!! The Chop rules !!!!!!
thank you for the choices ! All very good !
Marty . Midge you are very cool , would love to meet you one day !

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM
William Leo Coakley from West Side

Chopin, of course, is the greatest of the three, but it would be refreshing to listen to the worthy Wieniawski, which is less often heard.

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM

Certainly all three candidates are worthy, but nonetheless Chopin gets my nod. He reached the pinnacle of composition for the piano, and with his Mazurkas and Waltzes, incorporated the Polish character into his works along with raising other uniquely Romantic forms to new heights. Virtuosic, melodic, original -- this composer had it all. Never does the piano sound as magnificent as when his works are performed.

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM
jean rinaldo from union city NJ

I voted for the Paderewski concerto because I do not know it !! And it is always interesting and enriching to hear new music. I sometimes feel that WQXR which I love plays too often the old "war horses"...

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM
Marcia from Brooklyn

The Chopin and the Wienawski are lovely pieces, but I voted for the Paderewski because it is somethjing I am not familiar with and would like to hear.

Jan. 18 2012 11:39 AM
Signe from Teaneck NJ

I'm choosing the Paderewski because it's one I. at least, haven't heard very often.

Jan. 18 2012 11:33 AM

I agree with Boh -- I could not find the "Showdown" to vote.

I do not know the paderewski and decided to vote for that.

Jan. 18 2012 11:31 AM

You sure don't make it easy to find where and how to vote.

Jan. 18 2012 11:23 AM
Jason from Port Washington

I would prefer to hear new music on WQXR. Chopin gets plenty of attention. I voted for Weiniawski but would be happy with Paderewski as well.

Jan. 18 2012 10:20 AM
Tom from Montclair

Both Paderewski and Wieniawski are wonderful pieces. I love, LOVE them both. But, Chopin is truly the "poet of the piano". I must choose Chopin, when it is a choice. His concertos are beyond sublime.

Jan. 18 2012 10:09 AM
Richard from Englewood

While the Paderewski is rarely heard, I can never get too much Chopin. The two concerti are among his most sublime compositions. Hence, the second gets my vote

Jan. 18 2012 09:35 AM
Winnie English from 10022

You so rarely get to hear this Chopin Piano Concerto. I love Chopin and would love to hear it.

Kind Regards,

Jan. 18 2012 09:31 AM
Joseph Balwiercak from Madison, NJ

My vote is for the Paderewski piano concerto.

Jan. 18 2012 09:28 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

The Paderewski was new to me and had lovely tunes, and gets my vote today.

Jan. 18 2012 08:05 AM
Bruce Kamsler from Chicago, IL

make it the Chopin

Jan. 18 2012 01:15 AM

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