Showing Some Love For London

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Aerial photo of the Olympic Park main stadium in London Aerial photo of the Olympic Park main stadium in London (Wikimedia Commons)

With only two days until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, this week's Showdown features works by Elgar, Vaughan and Haydn named for that city. You chose Ralph Vaughan Williams' Second Symphony and we played it at noon.

Comments [6]

john Johnson

I vote for Vaughn WIlliams. If this is how you vote i'm not clear on how you do it.

Jul. 25 2012 12:02 PM
Raymond Banacki from Brooklyn, New York

Please, the "London" symphony of Franz Joseph Haydn. Haydn was born in Austria and spent a large part of his life working for the very wealthy Esterhazy family. But, later in life, he got the opportunity to travel to London TWICE, where he was immensely appreciated and became financially secure. Of course, from those visits, he produced some memorable work, got Rebecca Schroeter as a mistress and Ludwig van Beethoven as a pupil!

Jul. 25 2012 11:34 AM
Geoff Welch from Sloatsburg, NY

I LIKE ALL 3 LONDON COMPOSITIONS, BUT WILL VOTE FOR THE GREAT MASTER OF THE SYMPHONY, HAYDN. CAN YOU PLAY THE PERFORMANCE CONDUCTED BY THOMAS FEY?

Jul. 25 2012 11:04 AM
Monroe from Brooklyn, NY

V-W was, by far, the greatest British symphonists and maybe the greatest English composer ever. Handel was Germanic. This symphony perfectly pictures London.

Jul. 25 2012 10:58 AM
kriss from New Jersey

I LOVE Vaughan Williams' music, but can't resist the Haydn - it's a favorite.

Jul. 25 2012 10:38 AM
DIANA ZAIDMAN from BRASIL

WAITING THE LONDON OLYMPICS WITH THE PEACE OF MUSIC!!!!

Jul. 25 2012 10:34 AM

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