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'Measuring Time' Picks: Bragg, Turturro, Botstein and Farris

Friday, September 09, 2011 - 05:36 PM

Some recent Soundcheck guests gave us their picks for WNYC's Measuring Time: Music for 9/11 project. We asked them: "What would you want to hear on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001?"

Billy Bragg picked the Bruce Springsteen album, "The Rising." Conductor Leon Botstein chose the works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. Violinist Ralph Farris from the string quartet Ethel sent us his arrangement of the National Anthem. And actor John Turturro chose a Frank Sinatra classic, "In the Wee Small Hours."

Click above to listen to each of them explain their picks.

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Comments [3]

Limore Peretz from Edgartown

dear Mr. Shaefer,

I have been listening to your program probably since its beginning. When I moved to NYC, and caught your program in the middle: you were talking about Modern music and Adorno!!!
WOW!!! I thought, here is a real music guy who heard about Adorno (outside Harvard's music seminars...).
Over the years, however, you decided evidently to make program that would "popularize" your program and attract the multitude of listeners who like popular music.
Your station does not publicize any rating of any show, but my hunch is that you probably gained a few more listeners, but not that many....For your sake I hope I am wrong. For my sake I hope I am right, and that you will consider programing more programs that appeal to the more educated and refined listeners.
For example: do a program about young, up and coming composers, who write music with more than two or three chords.
Look up Kevin Kaska, who is now in LA writing for the movies. But he is the real thing!!!
He just released two new CD's. One of them is chamber music. This is new beautiful music, well written, and great to listen to. I don't know any one who can write in Bach style and make it sound great and relevant...

Sep. 14 2011 11:48 AM
Erika from New Jersey

Thank you so much for for this project! Music can often best express emotions and feelings. Listening to the songs and commentaries was the best way for me to go through my own emotions of this day. Grateful!

Sep. 12 2011 03:17 PM
Naomi from Park Slope

Great program. Words cannot describe how much this music meant to me today. Truly inspirational. Thank you

Sep. 11 2011 03:53 PM

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