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Chime in: What Piece from the Past 25 Years Do You Think Has Staying Power?

With the launch of our sister station’s 10 Buildings that Changed America, WFMT poses the question, what pieces of music have that kind of significance? For Lasting Impressions, WFMT asked a dozen critics, conductors, and composers, “Which single piece written in the last 25 years do you think will still be heard in 100 years?” How would you answer that question?

  • Renate Moser

    Dear George! I listened with great dismay when Lisa announced your departure from WFMT this morning.
    It is hard to imagine the station without you. Of course, becoming Station Manager in Colorado Springs should not only be great for you but also for your family. The twins will have a chance to grow up in a wonderful setting. We will miss you in Ravinia this year when we hear the first notes of “Aida.” All of this said, I wish you the very best in your new position. May it fulfill all your expectations. And be sure to drop a note to the station to be read on the air so that your friends and admirers can participate in your
    life in Colorado. Stay well, happy, joyous and, most of all, healthy.
    Many good wishes and many thanks for the fabulous entertainment to which you have treated your listeners. I will especially miss your partnership with Roger Pines during the Lyric Opera opening nights.

    Good Bye and Auf Wiedersehen at some future date.

  • Barby Cohen

    For George-I, too, will miss your informative program. I am listening in Seattle through my Sonos system. I love WFMT and I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since you arrived. It seemed shorter. Good luck in Colorado Springs. I’m guessing there will be some culture shock for a bit. Will have to check out WCME, but I haven’t found a station with programming as interesting as WFMT. (I do listen to a few other stations, including Q2, but I miss hearing information given by a human before or after a piece (other than sporadically) on that one. I hope the job is everything you want it to be.

  • Stanley

    Dear George, I was so sorry to learn of your departure! I’ll really miss hearing you on WFMT, which I’m now listening to as I travel in Japan. At the very least, I am able to hear you on your last day at the station. Best wishes in Colorado and in your new position!

  • Morris Maduro

    From Alberta, Canada: We will miss you, George: Have so much enjoyed listening to you and your pieces every afternoon. Best wishes to you in your new endeavours

    Morris Maduro

  • Tom

    Thank you for a morning of Strauss. By the way you referred to the processional when I think it is: Strauss – “Solemn entry of the knights of the order of St. John”. A little Strauss every day would work wonders to lower the blood pressure and put us on an even keel. Thanks again!

  • Ann Raven

    Lisa Flynn, my ears pricked up when I heard you playing music of Marin Marais. I love his work. Thanks!

  • Richard Valentino

    What piece of the last 25 years…has staying power?

    “Between Two Worlds” [“The Dybbuk”], an opera; by Shulamit Ran.

    World Premiere at Merle Reskin Theatre; June 20, 1997. Matthew Polenzani and Mary Jane Kania sang lead roles; Arthur Fagen, conductor; Small Lyric Opera pit ensemble. Cast made up of “rising young stars” from Lyric Opera Center For American Artists young artists, and about ten supernumeraries (townspeople).

  • Richard Valentino

    What Piece from the Past 25 years… Has Staying Power?

    Metamorphosis II, by Philip Glass for piano: A short, but powerful piece for solo piano; consisting largely
    of a long series of forte, elongated chords (two to three seconds long), that have the emotional power of

    a BEETHOVEN “odd number” symphony.

    I heard it for the first time on the WFMT special live broadcast Friday (June 21, 2013),” Make Music Chicago, 2013″,1 to 3 p.m. On The second hour of this program, pianist Alexander Djordjevic played
    Metamorphosis II as part of his contribution to the program. In personal, common expression [(I don’t have the verbal tools of a true music critic], the music moved forward from interestingly, to nice,and very soon to gripping, and remained gripping to The end. I estimate the length of Metamorphis II was 12 to 15 minutes long.

    Notes: 1. The title, Metamorphosis, II, refers to the Franz Kafka story to which the music is related.

    2. Alexander Djordjevic is a piano teacher at a prestigious North Suburban musical school,
    and has the reputation of being a “wonderful pianist.”

    3. It’s possibly this piece profits somewhat when the pianist is visible to the listener.

  • AMB

    It was not music to my ears

  • Les

    Wojciech Kilar’s piece for strings, “Orawa” is a work of harmonic daring and textural variety. I haven’t heard any piece generically called “trance music”…or any other music written in the last 25 years… that I’ve heard that I’d want to hear again… except this work. written in 1988 by a composer who’s probably more universally known as the film composer for “The Pianist” and “Dracula”, although his catalog of orchestral, orchestra with various soloists, and choral works is large. By bitter ironic coincidence, I first heard “Orawa” played by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra on it’s website via “On Demand”, and Mr. Kilar passed on on 29 December 2013.