Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from March 31, 2014 Options

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Options March 31, 2014: A440, Op. 2, No. 13 - 'The Request'

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Edgard Varèse  Tuning Up (1947)   Options       0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Robert Schumann  Overture   Options       0:13:45 (Pop‑up)
Sergei Prokofiev  Love for Three Oranges Suite I. Les Ridicules   Options     Request from Listener Sam, thank you!  0:18:21 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Andrew Bird 

Skin   Options

Weather Systems 



0:35:38 (Pop‑up)
Felix Mendelssohn  Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27   Options     Request from Matt from Springfield, thank you!  0:37:25 (Pop‑up)
Igor Stravinsky  Symphony of Psalms   Options     This one's from Maestroso, thanks!  0:47:47 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  Swag For Life Member 8:02pm 12539:

Requests? I request a second hour.
Avatar 8:02pm Bethany Ryker:

Something special tonight...I WANT YOUR REQUESTS after we get tuned up here. So please, get in touch with compositions that you've been longing to hear. Since 'classical' music is out of the general norm on FMU I anticipate hearing and playing want to hear!
Avatar 8:03pm doca:

I request a third hour. Hi all
Avatar 8:03pm ranjit:

I request the Muppet Show theme song, which is kind of metaphorically a tuning up piece!
  8:06pm JakeGould:

I am not smart nuff make request do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm CockTails42:

so glad this show is on! requests: not necessary because you play great stuff….how about some Italians? Nono? Parmegiani? Berio?
  Swag For Life Member 8:08pm 12539:

I don't want to hear what I already know. That's why I listen to wfmu.
Avatar 8:09pm doca:

@12539: you said it all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Matt from Springfield:

Franz von Suppe! A pretty good and not so well known composer.
Avatar 8:10pm ranjit:

How about John Adams' Light over Water? I've never heard it but a friend told me yesterday that I ought to.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm maestroso:

I agree with 12539's sentiment. That said, I wouldn't mind if you played the first movement of Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky...
  8:11pm 4/4:

Hi -- I've got a memory of listening to Ravel's Bolero, which came on one day while my girlfriend and I were fighting, and was about 20 minutes of peace in that fight -- could you play that?
Avatar 8:11pm Jeff:

I like the horns coming out of silence to begin Mahler's Fifth...
Avatar 8:12pm doca:

Bethany, I really love Bach's sonata for violin and harpsichord, BVW 1014. I think it's something that everyone should listen sometime in their lives.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Matt from Springfield:

Do you have Mendelssohn's "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage"? It's 11 minutes, but has a great timpani break at the end.
Avatar 8:13pm doca:

What about Ravel's Pavane? There's some piano renditions of it which are heartbreakingly beautiful
Avatar 8:14pm Jeff:

As a kid I was really fond of big ol' popular hits like Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and I bet it'd still bring a smile.
Avatar 8:14pm doca:

Just to end my streak of possible requests, I think that Lost Objects by the Bang on a Can guys are really cool too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm maestroso:

Ah, but this is very nice indeed.
Avatar 8:15pm ranjit:

I lost my sock!
Avatar 8:16pm Jeff:

I've always liked the prelude to Wagner's _Meistersinger_ - as long as the singing doesn't start, I'm good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm maestroso:

90.1 is back! Woo hoo!
Avatar 8:18pm Bethany Ryker:

Indeed 90.1 fm is BACK!
Avatar 8:19pm doca:

@rangit: that one! I find it cool that they name socks among the relevant things they lost.
Avatar 8:20pm doca:

I'm not really a big fan of that post-minimalism thing (except Dreyblatt), but Lost Objects is really amazing.
Avatar 8:23pm Bethany Ryker:

Interesting note to my playlister community, calls have been coming in with lots of ideas. Not as much resistance there ;) BUT I LOVE YOU ALL.
  8:23pm ?:

Whirlwind by Carlos Salzedo aiways makes me happy.
  Swag For Life Member 8:24pm 12539:

Sorry to disappoint you, Bethany.
Avatar 8:28pm Bethany Ryker:

Not disappointed! Your point of view is very flattering...I simply found myself in a playful and interactive mood this evening!
Avatar 8:28pm Jeff:

Pick a favorite one of the Bach Goldberg Variations. Optionally first pick an artist who plays it "straight".

Then... the same piece played by Gould in 1955, then by Gould in 1981.

The differences between Gould's interpretations a few decades apart is crazy - that youthful energy as he ripped through them in 1955, then in 1981 he took a magnifying glass to the notes, the spaces between them, their underbellies...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I would enjoy an Aaron Copland composition.
  8:31pm Alison Porchnik:

Six Chansons, Hindemith
  8:33pm will:

I wanna hear what you wanna play, Sincerely, Will J
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34pm Matt from Springfield:

I suggested that thinking it was a good Classical piece that not many are aware of--glad you selected! Thanks Bethany! :D
Avatar 8:35pm doca:

I got my classical music education from PQP Bach blog
  8:36pm JakeGould:

Okay, I will take a shot at this: Chopin. Something nice. Can be different. Can’t be common. You choose.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Matt from Springfield:

Absolutely agree with will. And, I'm glad you wanted to played that! ;)

@Bethany: I love what you play for the same reasons--a great, underserved piece that you love in a certain context. We could always use your opinion on that, but good idea to poll other listener's impressions on pieces as well!
Avatar 8:37pm Droll:

I will always remember and love Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed, which we played in HS band, and had a long bass (tuba) solo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:37pm Skirkie:

I for one would love to know what music you had for the mic break there. Always gets stuck in my head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Matt from Springfield:

The shining gem of a bass tubists' career!
Avatar 8:42pm Bethany Ryker:

@Skirkie, I added it in the playlist. An early version of Andrew Bird's tune 'Skin Is, My' from Weather Systems.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Santos L Halper:

Tuning in late, but maybe time for a couple of Frank Bridge Miniatures; saw there performed last night...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Skirkie:

Oh, so it is. How have I missed that? Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm Matt from Springfield:

Timpanis are starting up their engines! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Santos L Halper:

*three*, not 'there'. Thanks for the Prokofiev; one of my mom's favorites to play around the house as i was growing up
  8:46pm Matheus:

Any chance we could hear some Liszt? first concert first movement? Cheers from Campinas, Brazil.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Matt from Springfield:

Bah BUM bah bum bum BUM bah bum bum..!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm pacific standard simon:

@12539 at 8:08 - One reason to request things you know would be to turn other listeners on to things you enjoy that they might not know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Matt from Springfield:

And see, Bethany, you even reminded me that it's not just a good build up in this piece, but the recurring melody riff is also pretty nice as well! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm maestroso:

Oh Thank you Bethany! Wonderful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Matt from Springfield:

@Santos: The Oranges Suite specifically? I'd never heard of that--and now I starred it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm Matt from Springfield:

mae-strOso! Good moniker for this show! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm maestroso:

I had the pleasure of singing tenor in that piece some years ago... it still gives me chills.
Avatar 8:53pm maltempinulla:

Winds and Brass, and fun!
Avatar 8:53pm maltempinulla:

Request Nono, please?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Matt from Springfield:

I have noticed Bethany's taste in piano/chamber music, a lot of small ensemble recordings. It certainly broadens my taste--most Classical knowledge passed on tends to be orchestral.

@maestroso: Really? WOW! That Stravinsky is really something--and to sing it too! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Matt from Springfield:

Bulgarian choir! That's a great sound--used to great effect on Kate Bush's "Sensual World" album.
  Swag For Life Member 8:56pm 12539:

Thanks Bethany, and contributing listeners!
Avatar 8:57pm ranjit:

So many great requests - your experiment worked!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Santos L Halper:

@Matt: Oranges indeed. Check out the rest of it when you can, very catchy and fun. And an interesting story to go along with it IIRC
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm maestroso:

Thank you Bethany, such a great show! (I vote for at least two hours.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Matt from Springfield:

@Bethany: ranjit's right--let's do this again!

Thanks Santos, always looking for great new compositions, no matter how old they might be!
Avatar 8:58pm doca:

Thanks, Bethany!
Avatar 8:58pm ranjit:

Boom taka taketa boom
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm pacific standard simon:

Matt, I have a similar bias -- particularly for wind quintets. Also, I'm nuts for Poulenc's chamber pieces, especially the series of sonatas for piano and one wind instrument.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Matt from Springfield:

Thanks Bethany! This was lovely!

@PSS: Poulenc--will remember to look into that, thanks!
  9:00pm P-90:

Thanks, DJ Bethany!
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