Wednesday, 14 January 2009

49 from North of the 49th: Vote for Classical Music

We have until 8 p.m. EST Friday, January 16 to vote for the music to include on the playlist CBC Radio Two is going to send to Barack Obama. There are 100 choices in four categories, and as you might expect given the CBC’s campaign to dumb itsself down, the classical category offers a really slimmed-down list. It has 11, compared to 60 for he mainstream category, 20 for the “Francophone” and 10 for jazz. It is possible that the people who are running the contest may keep the proportion in the final 49, that is 30 for mainstream, 10 for Francohone, 5 for jazz and with the rest classical. But maybe not: if if we serious music lovers vote only for classical selections, we make a point, and perhaps increase the weight of our votes.

So vote! You can do so once a day.

Here are the selections:

Affairs of the Heart - Marjan Mozetich (composer)
Barber Violin Concerto - James Ehnes (performer)
Daphnis et Chloe - Montreal Symphony Orchestra (performer)
Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould (performer)
Handel Serse - Maureen Forrester (performer)
Haydn Piano Sonata 52 - Marc-André Hamelin (performer)
I'm Going Up a Yonder - Measha Brueggergosman (performer)
Mennonite Concerto - Victor Davies (composer)
Rise Up My Love - Healey Willan (composer)
The Hour Has Come - Srul Irving Glick (composer)
We’ll Gather Lilacs - Ben Heppner (performer)

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