It's a Tie: You Chose Bach and Dvorak

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

This spring, cellist Yo-Yo Ma will receive the 2013 Vilcek Prize. This spring, cellist Yo-Yo Ma will receive the 2013 Vilcek Prize. (Michael O’Neill/courtesy of the artist)

Tonight at 7:30pm, WQXR broadcasts the opening concert of the New York Philharmonic's 2013-2014 season, where the orchestra and conductor Alan Gilbert will be joined by celebrated cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. In preparation for tonight's concert, today's Showdown offers a selection of songs featuring Ma. 

You chose from these three amazing performances— Ma as soloist with orchestra, as a chamber musician, or just alone with his cello. The winner? There were two: a tie between Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 and Dvorak's Concerto in B Minor for Cello, Op. 104.

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Comments [4]

I chose the Dvorak because it is so beautiful, features the cello and is not as widely heard as the sublime Bach - which I've recently heard as background music to a TV commercial, or two.

The Mendelssohn is excellent, but the cello isn't prominent which is should be if Yo-Yo is being showcased.

In any case, I'll be happy listening to whichever is chosen. Thank you again, WQXR!

Sep. 25 2013 11:58 AM
Tom from Montclair, NJ

I'm with Marthe. The Mendelssohn is rarely played, so I voted for it; I'd love to hear it. But any one of them would be wonderful.

Sep. 25 2013 11:54 AM
Marthe from Morristown,NJ

The chamber music is always the last people chose, but I just love the Mendelssohn, the opening part is so gorgeous for the cello.

Sep. 25 2013 10:39 AM
Kriss from Piscataway, NJ

It's a tough choice, but I can't resist the Bach. Just heavenly!

Sep. 25 2013 09:45 AM

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