Friday, October 23, 2009 - 10:27 AM

I was moved when reading the many passionate comments on my previous blog post. I'm keen to know what you have to say, so please express yourself, and keep the comments coming.

As interested as I am, I don’t make policy, and I want your voice to be heard in the right place, so I encourage you to submit your comments about WQXR to the Listener Services Forum.

In some of the comments, I see misunderstandings about matters that might be clarified by the WQXR FAQ or the document Tuning In to WQXR, so please see the info there.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you'll hear some music to be passionate about!

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Comments [71]


alan from NY thank you for your intelligent analysis. I was at the concert you mentioned, and a lot of us were grateful that the Hindemith was played last so that we could catch public transportation home at a reasonable hour. Of course, there is the resentment that 1/2 the cost of an expensive ticket was lost.

whenever there is an all-Beethoven program the Philharmonic is sold-out. Whoever chooses the music to be played doesn't seem to understand that the only place we can hear the great composers is at the Philharmonic or Carnegie Hall. I for one think that hearing The Pastoral, etc. played live once a year is none too often. And that a program with two really great pieces would attract more people.

Who is playing Wourinen now for instance.

All of my friends have remarked that they are buying fewer and fewer tickets because the repetoire is so unappealing. Or too sleazy -- like all Bernstein.

Jan. 18 2011 12:52 PM
alan from New York City

A recent reviewer of a NY Philarmonic performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto #1 and the Hindemith Symphony in E flat noted that there were a lot of empty seats and that after intermission, before the Hindemith, there were a lot more empty seats. This, even though the Hindemith hadn't been performed by the NY Phil. since around 1967. It's also clear that many people remained only out of a sense of politeness and respect for the orchestra. Most classical music listeners, probably 90%, including many sohpisticated listeners, loathe most "modern" music including almost all contemporary composers- Adams, Reich, Glass etc. They don't regard it as classical music, it doesn't offer them any emotional experience they want to have and they equally loathe the creators of this music as talentless destroyers of a tradition they can't match. So, why is this music, much of it hideously ugly, foisted on a public that doesn't want it decade after decade, when it has a demoralizing and destructive effect on our culture? Every other kind of music must please the listening audience to survive- except modern "serious" music which is forced on the public, a very curious thing! What can justify this and isn't this an issue that needs debate? How can the lowering of standards help the cause of art? A recent performance of Brandenburg Concertos on wqxr with the juxtaposition of contemporary pieces inspired by them put in relief the utter lack of musical talent of the contemporary composers. PS- I love listening to David Garland. His low-key, soft spoken, thoughtful style is perfect for classical music and shows respect for his listeners and for the music. Thanks David.

Mar. 17 2010 11:02 AM
Richard from New Jersey

While I occasionallly appreciate and enjoy string quartets, string solo's etc. I find that there are VERY MANY, (too many for me) at the 12 PM to 1 PM luncheon slot and seemingly everyday during commuter times. Particularly 8 AM to 9 AM and 5 PM to 6 PM.
These are, for me, downers for these key energy regeneraive times of day. If these blogs have any impact, i'd like much more full orchestra, perccusion and/or wind during these tough commute times.
Thanks much

Feb. 11 2010 12:38 PM
Henry from New York City

David, here is music to be passionate about:any Beethoven adagio and any Wagner overture.

Jan. 05 2010 12:33 PM
Henry from New York City

I love how you invited us to say things here.
It is so democratic in feeling. and the topic is "Passionate".
We are supposed to be cheerleaders about this station, right?
Comments not pertaining to Passionate are erased and WQXR makes the following statement: ..." post on the Listener Services blog ( with more general concerns about the station."

But in reality this link brings us to a WNYC page.
How pathetic that there is no way possible to leave a comment on the web site devoted to WQXR !

I also have to emphasize that this is the same WNYC comment page that has been running since OCTOBER!!
I'm being passionate about the music too.. so don't erase this.

Jan. 05 2010 12:31 PM

In order to facilitate constructive conversations surrounding the intended topic of the blog, we have removed comments that do not specifically relate to David's prompt, posted above.

We encourage users to email Listener Services ( or post on the Listener Services blog ( with more general concerns about the station.

Jan. 04 2010 02:42 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ

Robin O

Way Back when, you said,

"...So, let's clear up the playlist thing.

It can't be legally published because Congress passed "The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995". The Digital Law states that if one is transmitting a digital signal, song information cannot be pre-announced.

No, I don't know how other stations, including the prior WQXR web site, work around it.

I miss it as much as everyone else.
Nov. 05 2009 09:24 PM...."

And, I believe you. And three PubRadio professionals I know confirmed your statement, and I believe them.

But, I found my way to the Act, as best as one can, and I found only that it ammends various chunks of the Copyright Act, Title 17. I even found my way to

"``(G) Except as provided in section 1002(e) of this title, a digital phonorecord delivery licensed under this paragraph shall be accompanied by the information encoded in the sound recording, if any, by or under the authority of the copyright
owner of that sound recording, that identifies the title of the sound recording, the featured recording artist who performs on the sound recording, and related information, including
information concerning the underlying musical work and its writer."

But I cannot find where the advanced publication of this information is prohibited.

Can you please inform me? I have saved the Act (1995), So if I know where to look, I mean, I have been through all the blather about money, etc.

Jan. 02 2010 04:03 PM


The "Join the Discussion" link is on our homepage. We appreciate all listener feedback and hope that this link will facilitate listener communication with the appropriate parties.

Dec. 18 2009 10:19 AM
Michael Meltzer

What has happened to "Join the Discussion" as the link on the home page to the open discussion site? That was accessibility, what you have again is labyrinthine (Click how to tune in, click listener services blog, click "about wqxr"-the last one, no one would guess. What are you after? You change every other day, you're playing "tag."
Isn't this kind of reaction to your listeners beneath you?

Dec. 14 2009 07:26 AM
Frank L. F.

Thank you for your reply, Martha Walker and Frank Feldman.

It never occurred to me that Nimet had played different interpretations of "En Bateau", including orchestral ones. I only heard the piano version(s).

WQXR plays the original, 2-piano version fairly frequently, and it's always the John Ogdon/Brenda Lucas version on EMI, recorded in 1973. But the version played by Nimet didn't sound quite the same as the Ogdon/Lucas interpretation...

And there are many other interpretations, such as Fromentin and Plancade, the Labeque sisters, Lee and Haas, Abbott and Williams, Achatz and Nagai, Walter and Breatriz Klien, to name a few still in the catalog...

Frank L. F.

Dec. 09 2009 09:46 PM
Serge Ledan from QUEENS NY

David, here is music to be passionate about:any Bethooven adagio and any Wagner overture.

Dec. 09 2009 03:01 PM
Serge Ledan from Queens NY

Calling for intelligence in deleting comments on this blog and not being heard, I recently decided to disappear. Well... I decided to change tactics: rather than disappearing, I thought that waging a war of attrition with the deleter(s) was a better alternative: you delete...I input... ad infinitum... The first to give up is the loser.

Dec. 09 2009 11:37 AM
martha walker from New York City

David, I think I can address the topic of music to be passionate about, since you did ask for this.

Well, Tchaikovsky's Symphony 6 in B minor Op. 74 (also called "Pathétique"), does command some respect.

This work is capable of a passionate impact, but not always. The key is to hear the piece by different conductors (not just different orchestras) and to evaluate or to taste how each one presents the piece on its symphonic platter.

David, experiment yourself and play recordings of the Symphony No. 6 conducted by Valery Gergiev, by Herbert von Karajan, by Leonard Berstein and then by Christoph Eschenbach.

Is "Pathétique" termed passionate? I don't know. You be the judge. It's like evaluating WQXR under Laura Walker which gives one result, and evaluating the station under The New York Times which gave us an altogether different experience. Perhaps I diverged for a second, because in my mail yesterday was the CEO's letter asking me to pay for her gargantuan salary.
... but back to Tchaikovsky, because you will find in playing different recordings of the same musical work how we can exercise our ability to discern. I think it all comes down to a few things: the effect on our souls and our minds; obviously the construction of the content, but how something is delivered by the conductor.. Sort of like which radio host is pleasant on the ears when speaking on the air, and which one is completely "in over their head". We all experience a host now and then who bumps into the wall and stumps the toe on what to say while missing a beat and filling up airtime with low energy until it's convenient to play the next music selection. In another scenario we hear a host who is "spot on" with clear diction, soothing on the ears and full of energy, saying just enough but not too much, and who is truly commanding our attention in a "passionate" manner.

Conclusion: Whether we talk of a "passionate" piece of music, a classical radio station or a radio host, it all comes down to the quality of personality in the conducting that makes the experience memorable and excellent... or in some cases NOT.

Thanks for letting me ramble, David.

Dec. 09 2009 11:22 AM
S Wilkinson from New York

I have a suggestion:
Now that you have such diverse musical programming on WQXR, could you play some Barry Manilow? (My best recommendations would be "Mandy" or "Looks like we made it" and "Copacabana". They would be great.)
Thank you.

Dec. 07 2009 12:23 AM
Margaret from Southampton, NY

That Classical Countdown which Lewis Shrady mentioned was a WONDERFUL holiday tradition.
"Votes" sent in for favorite musical pieces were a sure way for the old WQXR to have audience participation, and they learned just what people wanted to hear. How simple was that?
Why can't that be incorporated this year?

Public support of a station goes both ways. I mean the public can support the station with dollars. That's true, but the station has to show some support for its listening audience. I don't see the support of this management toward its listeners. They are in fact, absent.
Does anyone else feel this?

Just putting up some blogs on the site and asking people to write comments about questions is not my idea of supporting us.
I am not usually so opinionated, however I am submitting this query with all due respect for the station, and I really hope they are reading my thoughts.

Happy holidays to all,

Dec. 06 2009 05:26 PM
Frank Feldman

First of all, Frank and Frank Feldman are two different people. "Frank", Nimet used many different recordings of En Bateau over the years, which was obvious to anyone who listened closely.

Dec. 06 2009 05:04 PM
Lewis Shrady

Hasn't anyone noticed? It appears that the Classical Countdown has been scrapped. This was one of the most popular features drawing thousands of votes each December since 1980. The new regime has no use for this, like so much else.

Dec. 06 2009 04:43 PM
martha walker from New York

Frank -
As I mentioned in another blog:
I'm not really sure, but I think Nimet ran on her show the version of "En Bateau" played by L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

I'm going to ask one of the old time hosts sometime during a gathering this holiday season.
Hope to get back to you again if I find out definitively.

And wow.. FRANK that's a wonderful blog question which WQXR should be asking people here, just to show the former WQXR listeners that they have a little sensitivity to the changes made which have made people feel uprooted and dislocated from their familiar radio station.

I'm so glad you asked this question !!

Dec. 06 2009 04:32 PM

Nimet Habachy's signature tune for "New York at Night" was Debussy's "En Bateau", for 2 pianos. Does anybody know which recording of "En Bateau" was used in her show?

Dec. 06 2009 03:48 PM
Rayna from West Orange, NJ

Steve Sullivan is wonderful - I am so happy to hear his voice on Overnight Music and filling in for David. He was always a favorite on WNYC over the years and there was a time I contributed to the station primarily because I was such a rapt listener to his program: I am sure it was Evening Music. Wish he had a full time spot during the day on QXR instead of the people who are on, playing insipid music.

Dec. 05 2009 06:49 PM
. from Manhattan

Dec. 04 2009 08:09 PM

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Dec. 04 2009 11:07 AM


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Dec. 02 2009 03:47 PM
Serge Ledan from Queens, NY

I hear the same frustrated people talk again and again about censure. At the beginning, I thought so, too. But what about if it is just a matter of better organizing the blogs so that the proper matters are addressed and dealt with in the right forum? I am just saying: what if? (before anyone counter angrily to this comment!!). Sometimes it helps to keep a cool head and and consider all possibilities before venting anger and venom. How about some positive constructive feedback rather than acrimonies and negative critcisms that may be unfounded?

Dec. 02 2009 02:13 PM

There has been a misunderstanding about the topic of this blog. It was meant to facilitate discussion around being passionate about music, not the dispersal of music.

Concerns about the inaccessibility of the Listener Services blog from the WQXR site are justified. The link to "Join the Discussion" on the home page now takes you there. You can follow this link to access the WQXR issue directly, though in both cases, you will still have to scroll to the bottom of the page to post:

We apologize to those who feel their voices have not been heard. We assure you that your concerns have been noticed and we are working to provide listeners with a radio station they enjoy.

Dec. 01 2009 10:56 AM

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Nov. 28 2009 01:52 PM
Frank Feldman

Should the new CLASSICAL WQXR 105.9 really be playing music for toy pianos by John Cage? What can we expect next on the new CLASSICAL WQXR 105.9?

Nov. 22 2009 08:06 PM
Robert Marcus from Brooklyn, NY

I ike Steve Sullivan tonight very mcuh. I appreciate his comments on his favorite Bartok (mine, too). The MSPC is the most materful, thoughtout work in all of music.
The performance he played, Janos Rolla and the Franz Liszt Academy CO, was tremendously enlightening.
The Dance Suite is another of my favorites from Bartok. The Boulez performance with the CSO is the one I always go back to.

Robert Marcus

Nov. 22 2009 12:01 AM
Robert Marcus from Brooklyn, NY

I remember sometime ago, some years ago, you played some Paul Anka, early years, on his birthday. I miss those early years. His melodies were beautiful; the lyrics, honest, simple and fitting for its time.

His music actually turned me on to music. When I first went to Brooklyn College (1965) I asked the chairman of the music department (SGS), Stoddard Lincoln, if they could teach me to compose like Paul Anka. He said, we have the next best thing, Mozart, Bartok and Webern. I went on to major in music compostion. Studied with William Schimmel and Robert Starer and Joseph Alexander (orchestration - what a teacher. I was the only one in his class. I Loved him; a beautiful Bostonian, an impeccable dresser, liked fine pipes and tobacco. And as I sat next to him on the piano stool, he played the piano like a Lisztian vistuoso. Oh, he dropped or, threw away, notes by the brown-bagfull but what musical, passionate music making. hm.)

So, actually play some Schimmel, some Starer and some Paul Anka. A good fit.

Robert Marcus

Nov. 18 2009 07:26 PM
Nessa from NYC

I would expand on my remark about entire symphonies. QXR DOES play them. But mostly those by Mozart who wrote short ones. And NOT Eine, Kleine Nachtmusic please!

Beethoven is missing in action. I don't remember where I read it, but when the buyout was announced they published which music they would and would not play. Beethoven's late sonatas were specifically mentioned as nevermore. Why? Not hummable?

Nov. 16 2009 07:44 AM
Nessa from NYC

I broke down yesterday and tuned in QXR after going cold turkey. What did I hear????? Those rascally Polevetzian Maidens! Horrors!

To Frank: What's wrong with the Brahms Symphonies? I heard 3 and 4 Friday night at Carnegie Hall with Simon Rattle and they were mind blowing. Would that QXR dared play an entire symphony. With the best musicians, mind you. Where do they find some of these less than mediocre recordings.

Did you really hear Annie Bergen? Did I really hear Annie Bergen yesterday? Do you think THEY (only they know who they are) are listening to us?

Nov. 16 2009 07:01 AM
Marcel in Brooklyn

Hi Susan,

yes thanks - i tracked it down later, at the 'playlist' link:

WQXR Playlists
Symphony No. 7 "Angel of Light"
Einojuhani Rautavaara

* Helsinki Philharmonic
* Leif Segerstam, conductor

Ondine 1145
length: 37:51

I'm looking forward to hear it again.

Nov. 08 2009 09:01 PM
Susan from Manhattan

Marcel, did you find out that "Angel of Light" was the Rauutevara (spelling?) Symphony #7. I loved it too, & found it very "various" indeed.

Nov. 08 2009 08:12 PM
Frank Feldman

I actually don't mind Rameau. What I mind is Gershwin's Cuban Overture et al., The Grand Canyon Suite, endless Copland schmaltz (for what else shall we call it?), John Adams, PHILLIP GLASS, STEVE REICH, the same three or four Bernstein pieces and much, much else. If you're hellbent on playing American music, play Samuel Barber (for crying out loud, NOT THE ADAGIO FOR STRINGS IN FIFTY DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENTS-IT'S NOW BECOME THE NEW PACHELBEL CANON!), perhaps William Schumann, lesser known Bernstein (there's a great deal!), Corigliano, Harbison, user-friendly Elliot Carter, etc. Or simply don't play American music at all. Better yet, PLAY EXTRAORDINARY MASTERPIECES OF WESTERN (I.E., BASICALLY EUROPEAN) MUSIC IN FRESH, EXCITING OR HISTORICALLY INTERESTING PERFORMANCES. And music by also-rans of the same glorious tradition, e.g., Corelli, Clementi, Korngold, and their ilke, are fine. Play lesser known chamber and choral music of Brahms instead of the same damn FOUR SYMPHONIES OVER AND OVER AGAIN. PLAY OLDER MUSIC. PLAY SCHUTZ, BYRD, VITTORIA, ETC. Don't sneak in a bit of minimalist drivel (usually incompetent, fake old music in any case) and think your serious listeners aren't driven to distraction.

Nov. 08 2009 04:52 PM
Marcel in Brooklyn from New Paltz/ NYC

Dear David,

I was actually looking for info on the "Angel of Light (?)" music I heard the other day, when I stumbled upon the many comments posted here.

Oh my, I had no idea! Yes, there is a lot of passion out there. But it's lovely there is a space for everybody to express their particular thoughts and feelings.

I have listened to music all my life, very intently, because it is where my heart and soul seem to feel at home, an effortless connection to emotions of soaring high as well as feeling the depths of human suffering, beauty and ultimately, for me it is a natural connection that reminds me over and over of my own spiritual heritage. As a musician and composer I have always approached all music, and even all 'sound' as either speaking to my heart, or perhaps just not. It has led me to explore, in depth, everything from Coltrane to Monteverdi, from James Brown to Bach (my all time favorite!), from obscure Iranian ethnic music to Ruggles, Stockhausen and Ives.
I don't always like what I hear. Sometimes it's the wrong time for a particular piece, sometimes I realize I am not able to pay attention, just want something soothing in the background.

This is all a very long intro to saying: I LOVE LOVE your show, and Terrance's show. The choice of music is amazing, your personal take on it often enlightening, and between your soothing voice and the moods you create, it's a true oasis in the madness of everyday living.

I find myself (more often)listening to the "new" QXR during the day (since the move), and it strikes me as pretty much the same as the old (except of course for the commercials which were making me sick), which is to say I find it often very bland, but I do hear a nice performance or interesting composition every once in a while.

I am sorry there seems to be such a disappointment for so many 'old' listeners. I do know, David, that you and Terrance have a very avid following here in NYC, and probably all over the world. I truly mean it that when I hear your voice, and you present me with a piece that "I didn't know I wanted to hear" (yes!!), and it stops me in my tracks, whatever I am doing, I feel glad to be alive, I feel I am reminded of the best things we are capable of as human beings, our ability to feel, experience, observe, ponder.
No, I don't think you're God, but you and Terrance come pretty close in creating a bit of heaven here in New York.
So thank you for that!


PS I tried tuning in online in the catskill mountains, but, as expected, the signal drops out every other second on my dial-up connection here... oh well.
[ can't vouch for the signal troubles noted elsewhere, but believe there must be some truth to it]

Nov. 08 2009 05:01 AM
Susan Gutterman from Upper West Side

I posted yesterday but think it got lost when David seems to have ended the "who's out there?" thread. Yesterday was a treat -- Jeff Spurgeon in the am & David Garland in the evening. I feel that what David played showed the variety listeners have been asking for, especially when he played Rauutevara's Symphony #7 on the Symphony period. A wonderful piece of music, almost never played. Keep it up!

Nov. 07 2009 04:03 PM
Nessa from NYC

I echo Frank Feldman's comment a thousand fold. More articulate than my: Please can't we have better programming? "Incidental" ballet music from Faure? Why? For whom? It's getting to the point where even Beethoven's Leonore Overture (at this moment) sounds like Rameau. Shall we call it music to multi-task to?

Actually David Garland's show late last Sunday afternoon was quite lovely. I was in my car fighting traffic. Multi-tasking, but I was paying attention to the music.

Nov. 07 2009 11:51 AM
Sanyi from Brooklyn

The last time I turned away with disgust from Temple Emanuel "glorious music" was about two years ago. Today I tuned in, and I noticed serious improvements; There is a chorus that is accompanying the cantor singer, very nicely done by someone who has professional music background for sure. The organist is still struggling there, he or she should participate in rehearsals, and write down the chords. Also I would suggest, if no easy chords can be found, he/she should play as a duo with the cantor girl, leaving the chorus to do the rest. It would be quite nice....
As far as the cantor girl is concerned, I couldn't believe how nice she sang, except once when she went on her own, although she did not "fall out of tonality like many times two years ago", she still didn't finish her musical phrases, although there was plenty of time and opportunity to do so, before she started a new one. I am sure whoever is training the chorus, can help her out with it, even if he or she is not Jewish and doesn't know the prayers... music knows no race, religion, or other differentiations... and oh my, what if they "borrow" from "Christian pornographic operas " ??? Harmony is universal, it's just a set of musical rules that apply, anyone can use them, and I will not complain for sure, even if the entire prayer is done with some Bach music... I will still say, "wow, that's so nice, it's like an opera "... who in the world is the musical conductor ????

Nov. 06 2009 07:53 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey


Robin sites ""The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995". This is different from the DMCA.


Nov. 06 2009 04:07 PM
Lewis Shrady from Irvington, NY 10533

It seems to me that there should be a workaround to the no-advance-playlists problem. It should be possible to display the work and performers in advance. (This is already being done verbally now.) Only after being aired would the record number, and "Buy from Arkiv Music" button be displayed. Management should have been much more heads up about keeping the grandfathered arrangements in place. It could have been done with some deft legal footwork.

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 has been rightly criticized as a meat-ax approach to a serious piracy problem. The classical-music side of this is only a fraction of one per cent of potential overall sales losses. Congress should heed the many complaints about the DMCA and fix this.

Nov. 06 2009 12:11 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey


ezagroba is correct. I complained bitterly about this when two PubRadio stations to which I belong suspended the future playlists.

One president of a major music outlet gave me these two statments:


"As I understand it, stations that were already posting playlists on the Internet before the rule went into effect were grandfathered in with the caveat that they had to post the playlists the way they were at the time the rule went into effect."

and, most recently, 10.31.09

They cannot offer playlists in advance. They were not the owner of WQXR in the 1990s so they aren't grandfathered in. It isn't even the same station...."

Nov. 06 2009 08:49 AM


Stations that pre-date the legislation to which you refer were allowed to continue operating as they had developed.

Nov. 06 2009 08:28 AM
Frank Feldman

Please, more older music. As in pre-Baroque. And, if Baroque, not the same dozen pieces over and over.

Who has determined that Arvo Part's music now makes the cut when there are dozens of more interesting and more deserving late twentieth century composers? Seriously, can't we actually KNOW who is making these decisions? Programming The Grand Canyon Suite in the middle of the night?! Single movements of pieces?!
Endless Aaron Copland and George Gershwin?!

Can't we PLEASE have some input too, the listeners? I know you care who's listening, so is there not some way you can ask us somewhat democratically for some input? And does it not seem appropriate that 2 a.m. might suggest a different programming mentality than 2 p.m.? As in, longer, more serious pieces?

Nov. 05 2009 10:51 PM
Robin O. from New Jersey

So, let's clear up the playlist thing.

It can't be legally published because Congress passed "The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995". The Digital Law states that if one is transmitting a digital signal, song information cannot be pre-announced.

No, I don't know how other stations, including the prior WQXR web site, work around it.

I miss it as much as everyone else.

Nov. 05 2009 09:24 PM
John Sinn from Lower Manhattan

Generally I am relieved not to have to suffer through the commercials (especially the Broadway Musical sing-alongs). But I have to say that I'm starting to get numbed by the almost 'musack' quality of the programming. I also listen to WKCR which has music that is not often heard on the radio. They're not afraid to play extended works. Also choral works, opera, contemporary, not just Copeland and the standards. How about opening up the programming. And not so much chatter and promos.

Nov. 05 2009 11:06 AM

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Nov. 04 2009 10:00 AM
Norman Cooper from Brooklyn

How about more of the longer Romantic symphonies, like those by Anton Bruckner? WQXR should stop being so predictable; I can almost predict what works you will play during each hour of the day on Sundays. Do we really have to hear the Dvorak Senerade played over and over ad nauseum on weekends? You should be a little unpredictable at times, such as playing NON-MAINSTEAM symphonic composers once in a while! Lastly, will WQXR broadcase in HD Audio in the future? Classical music would benefit the MOST from a strong distortion-free signal!

Nov. 02 2009 03:36 PM
elaine from riverdale,ny

Thank you for new programming-off to a good start!!!thrilled to have programming for organ works,choral works-once wqxr had a vintage opera performers program and also world music-any hope ???also more of the great Baroque works and early music in general
i'll contribute to your succss-don't have to change dials any more!!

Nov. 02 2009 10:14 AM


Our Playlists page ( allows you to find pieces based on the time and day. Click on the correct day in the calendar tool on the right and scroll through the times (listed reverse chronologically) until you find the piece. Alternatively, if you know the day and something about the piece, you can use the search function on your browser to find it.

If you're still having trouble, email Listener Services at

Nov. 02 2009 09:56 AM
Frank Feldman

Dear god, the same tired Rodrigo guitar concerto, AGAIN. Please tell us honestly who is doing the programming, David. I'm not asking to hear Boulez or some cockamamie downtown music, far from it, but is it possible that Rodrigo possibly wrote some OTHER MUSIC we haven't heard nine thousand times before?

Nov. 01 2009 06:22 PM
Frank Feldman

Too much Itzhak Perlman with the Abbey Road ensemble conducted by Lawrence Foster. It's enough with that record already! With all the great fiddle players out there, of today and of yesteryear, sheesh! Nothing against IP, but give us some variety please. And again, with the endless Aaron Copland! Oy vey! Is he Laura Walker's favorite composer?

Nov. 01 2009 05:54 PM
Frank Feldman

Great Halloween show! Between last week's film score show and this one, I'm becoming a fan! Thanks, David

Oct. 31 2009 10:07 PM
Lewis J

As a kid in the 60's my third grade teacher would play a scary LP for us, spooky narratives without words, told only with jazz. I remember its title was 'Shock.' Anybody else know about this? Record label? Composer(s)? Performers?

Oct. 31 2009 09:51 PM
walter s.

Happy Halloween!
Scary creepy wacky music tonight-
Tomorrow's the marathon,
fine time for long,repetetive,pieces
with a steady pace-

Oct. 31 2009 08:03 PM
John Getz from Short Hills, NJ

While driving in my car yesterday I heard a wonderful classical selection and wanted to order it and add to my CD collection. I searched though your web site to confirm what I had heard, knowing the time and day, yet I could find no way to determine the details.

I enjoy your programs very much and frequently something really appeals to me. Prior to your changes it was easy to track down what I had been listening too yet, now, this seems impossible. Contrary to what you promote over the air about how easy it is, I seem unable to get the information. Kindly help me in this regard.

Oct. 31 2009 03:03 PM
Walter from Washington DC

Hi David, I am a long time listener of your programs.

As someone, who lives in Washington, D.C, and listens to WETA, I do not find their playlist very sophisticated and hence intellectually stimulating. The station focuses too heavily on the short pieces of Braque artists such as Handel, Telemann, and Bach with a little bit of Gershwin throne for good measure. (I have to admit that I am a big fan of Braque music, though) This limited playlist stems from WGMS’s commercial days. When WGMS discontinued its classical music, WETA received the WGMS music library.

WETA, located in Arlington, VA, is an embarrassment, in being located right to our nation’s capital, and not paying much attention to American artists such as Charles Ives. As is/was the case with WQXR, which I listened to during the afternoon, when I lived in the Hudson Valley, WETA does not play any new classical compositions.

Oct. 31 2009 01:16 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


Is there really such a thing as too much Copland? Is he to modern? You would like maybe some Nancarrow, Partch, or Varese? Or, hey, maybe some George Antheil?


Oct. 30 2009 05:59 PM
Frank Feldman

Is Horowitz the only pianist that ever played Scarlatti? And Rubinstein Chopin? And what's up with that annoying Berlin Phil horn record? Are there twenty-five CD's lying perpetually in front of the microphone?!

Oct. 30 2009 04:24 PM
Frank Feldman

WAY TOO MUCH AARON COPLAND!! What is up with this?! Ferde Grofé?! Please have a little respect for us. Whether we were WNYC listeners or WQXR listeners (or both), don't talk down to us. It's insulting.

Oct. 30 2009 04:21 PM
Andrew Tipton from Rockaway, New Jersey

I have been listening to WNYC and WQXR for over 30 years since moving from New Orleans. I see a lot of complaints ( which is a good sign, David, because it means there is adequate audience still, caring to help shape ).

There is no more-elegant, no more-well-marshalled force in radio today than New York Public Radio. The steady progression I have witnessed over the years should instill confidence in those with patience. WQXR could not POSSIBLY be in better hands for the long view.

WQXR was always quality broadcasting, technically. Just as WNYC aimed for its own high-powered tower many years ago, I am sure that WNYC will address the broadcast issues in due course.

But WQXR was always, in my view, woefully inadequate in its programming and imagination. It was a formula based upon an old idea, albeit a high-fidelity one. By contrast I am certain David and Terrance, et al will imbue this new venue and its programming attitudes with the adventurous and the obscure, given time.

So why not lean back and enjoy the metamorphosis? Not often you get to see a true experiment in progress. No where else can listeners HELP SHAPE that progress as we can here. Where else would you feel you were truly being heard? Only here, my friends, only here.

Oct. 29 2009 10:05 AM
Nessa from NYC

Heavens! Much to my dismay I heard it yesterday - again. Rameau!!! Oh No!

Frank Feldman it's all your fault.

Oct. 28 2009 11:40 AM
Larry Stoler from Stamford, CT.

I was very glad to see that WNYC was able to purchase WQXR from the NY Times although the payment for the license will not be completed until October of next year.

Everyone at WNYC deserves a lot of credit and thanks for what they have been doing with this website and the overall sound of WQXR and Q2.

I notice that the streaming audio is either 20K or 32K on the websites. I hope in the future that a way will be found to bring the capability of the stream up to 96 or 128K.

Good luck and may WQXR be around for many years.

Larry Stoler

Oct. 27 2009 06:01 PM
Susan from Manhattan

I was so pleased when I discovered film music has just moved to Saturday. I always look forward to seeing what films you'll feature -- tho maybe not on Halloween!
Also having been away during the transition, I think that the variety of what you & Terrance are presenting in the evenings is improving.

Oct. 27 2009 05:36 PM

I'm passionate about variety. So, why are we hearing repeats of so many works when there are hundreds of thousands to choose from?

Oct. 27 2009 10:02 AM
Frank Attanasia from David Garland

Dear David,

Enjoyed your work and insights when you were on WNYC FM. At first I did not know your name when I first heard you about 5 years ago. When I got to know you-always found you to be a calming and learned presence. When WQXR was moving to its new home as part of the WNYC family, how happy were we to know you would be a part of it and continue to be a part of our family.


Frank Attanasia-Brooklyn

Oct. 26 2009 09:32 PM
Frank Feldman

More Rameau!

Oct. 26 2009 09:13 PM
Frank Feldman

Poor fidelity is no excuse for confusing Toscanini with Celibadache!

Oct. 26 2009 09:11 PM
Richard S Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

Bravo drblock.


Oct. 25 2009 08:49 AM
drblock from munich

Tuned in to the new WQXR this morning to hear what I took to be an old Toscanini recording of Beethoven's Leonore Overture. Imagine my surprise when the recording turned out to be a 1991 performance by Sergiu Celibidache!

Imagine my further surprise when I checked your stream info and discovered the reason for my confusion. You are webcasting at 32Kbps. For classical music ? The old WQXR had an adequate 96 Kbps signal - most classical internet stations have 128 Kbps streams (as does Q2 - apparently WNYC's modern music stream).

I can't comment on changes in programming because I cannot force myself to listen to your stream long enough to make an informed assessment.

You are now listener supported radio. I wish you luck, but I don't think you can reasonably expect people to pay for this insupportable quality - not when you are competing internationally against a score of classical music stations with better, far better signals.

Oct. 25 2009 06:18 AM
Gerry DeChaves from Summit, New Jersey

Absolute love the David Garland show. I love classical music and was somewhat aprehensive about the move of WQXR to 105.9. I lost a lot because now the signal is too weak and I can not get it in a normal way - have to listen over the web which is not a very good reception. But bottom line, the programming is much more mixed and very nice. Overall, notwithstanding my problems with reception, I am glad about the move from 96.3. Thank you WNYC - you are doing a good job.

Oct. 24 2009 10:12 PM
Susan from Manhattan

I would like to see you be able to play film music at 10 on Friday evening -- I always looked forward to that. I also hope as time goes on to hear more of the eclectic programming you & T. McKnight used to do on Evening Music on WNYC.
However, I'm glad still to be able to hear you at all!

Oct. 24 2009 05:56 PM

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