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Chime-in: Music of Consolation?

Today in remembrance of the attacks on September 11, 2001 we’re asking listeners: In times of sorrow or turmoil, what piece of music do you turn to for consolation?

  • Spencer Cortwright

    Beethoven’s pastoral symphony reminds me that nature can console a tested soul.

  • Victoria Fils

    I find Tchiakovsky’s Romeo and Juliet very soothing and consoling.

  • Nancy Shear

    One of the most profound messages of expression is Leopold Stokowski’s transcription of the Bach Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in d minor for solo violin — 17 minutes of introspective sadness and triumph. Hope you can share this with your listeners, of which I am one (from New York City, where we suffered the tragedy twelve years ago). Nancy Shear

  • Miriam Scott

    Faure’s Messe de Requiem is such an ethereal and moving piece even to a non-Christian. Miriam Scott, Chicago

  • Mary Schaafsma

    I am consoled always by hymn tunes based on Psalm 23

  • Robin Vidoni

    I am consoled by Handel’s “Messiah” especially Part 3. “I know that my Redeemer liveth,”

  • Wilhelm C. Linss

    I like Siegfried’s Funeral Music by Wagner.

  • Robert

    I listen to “Lost In The Stars” by Kurt Weill & Sherwood Andersonsung by Todd Duncan (origanal cast)

  • Jonathan Rosner

    The night after Kennedy was shot, my fellow graduate students and I listened to Brahms’ “A German
    Requiem.” It has evoked that memory every time I hear it.

    Also comforting is the “Musicalische Exequien” by Heinrich Schutz.

  • Jonathan

    I love Yundi Li’s rendition of Chopin’s Marche Funebre. He finds such beautiful moments in this somber composition. RIP Grandma G.

  • Joey Rose

    Anne Akiko Meyers’ achingly beautiful rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” does it for me.

  • abuelanoel .

    The Chicago Opera Theater production of Verdi’s opera Joan of Arc tomorrow night does have an intermission which was added recently. The performance lasts approximately 2 hours with a 20 minutes intermission.

  • unusually disgruntled

    It’s Sept. 24th (no longer Sept. 11th). I’m chiming in with the suggestion that if the WFMT CD player messes up, please do not let it skip a huge swath of music and let it play along as if no problem occurred. I was so pleased when I jumped in my car for the commute home this evening, to hear Beethoven’s 6th just underway. What a great commute. I eagerly awaited the “storm passage” — but no. Instead there was an ugly skip — and the entire fabulous “storm” section was omitted. I nearly drove off the road! What about much younger ears that may have been listening to Beethoven’s 6th for the first time? They missed such a huge part of the experience — and won’t realize it. When the piece had ended, then the DJ noted that the CD had skipped. Next time — stop it and restart it at a reasonable place. I honestly found it quite unacceptable. CD problems can happen — but the response needs to be thought out better next time.

    • Carl Grapentine

      Unfortunately, that’s one of the disadvantages to “progress.” Gone are the days when one could remedy a skipping record by nudging it with one’s thumb. The digital world sometimes has a mind of its own. Restarting the movement would probably have resulted in the same skip…again. And with time deadlines to meet, it was probably impossible to run to the library, look up another recording of the symphony, and then try to cue it up to where the previous one skipped. (It’s not easy to cue up CD players to a point in the middle of a track.) I’m not sure who was on duty on that evening, but I think they probably did the best they could under the circumstances.

      Carl Grapentine // One who’s been there!

  • Sunny Stiklius

    For Lisa Flynn: A belated thank you for yesterday – Gustavo Dudamel conducting Richard Strauss’ “Til Eugenspiegel”, and Roberto Alagna as the Duke of Mantua in the “Bella Figlia” quartet from Rigoletto, two favorite artists of mine.

  • Ann

    Thank you, Carl, for the “Otello” excerpts this a.m. A thrilling beginning for my Thursday!

  • Jim Strickler

    This is off-topic, but thanks to Carl Grapentine for spelling the name of “Damase.” I am not familiar with this composer, and I really appreciate getting his name right in my head the first time I hear it.

  • Christina Sakowski

    Welcome to Suzanne Nance! Loved the “Diamond Music” yesterday. I’m recommending a non-musical outing to the Field Museum to see “Highlights from the 1893 World’s Fair”, opening Oct. 25.
    I’ll recommend two books to bring you up to snuff: ” The Plan of Chicago” by Carl Smith and “City of the Century” by Donald Miller. The Museum Campus is gorgeous. Tip: have lunch at the Adler Planetarium – the view is the best in town and the food is pretty good too.

  • wne

    Mahler 9; anything by Bach; Strauss’ Four Last Songs–Fleming is great.

  • Jeff3948

    When I need consolation I love to listen to Bach’s Cantatas and Cello Suites as well as chamber music that includes the harp such as Faure, Hasselmans, Debussy, Ravel, Jean Cras, etc. They really sooth my soul and warm my heart.

  • J K Suhr

    Ms. Nance — Lovely voice but too much background info for this time of the day. Let’s just keep it simple please.

  • FierceNormy

    I just heard the young man sing Danny Boy. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!

  • Silvestre Villegas

    I think Samuel Barber´s adagio, Tschaikovski (?) Patetitque

  • Name PIcker

    I attended an Indiana University performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem that serendipitously was programmed for the day of or day after the McVeigh tragedy at Oklahoma City.

    I can’t say that I “turn to it” in times of sorrow, but its a descriptive work that I believe speaks to all who experience or in some way witness attempts to settle scores with deadly attacks.

  • Jane Hotchkiss

    Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard.

  • Zoltan Newberry

    The music is swell but I’d swear the “news” is written by some conservative comedian in Michiana Shores.

  • Athos

    I like Liszt’s “Consolations” (piano) and anything of Erik Satie