My Favorites: A Choice You May Not Expect

By Suzanne Bona

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For the week of Valentine's Day, we'll be playing the music you love most, and in that spirit, here is the next in a series of what a few of us here at 99.5 All Classical love most.

Suzanne Bona is the host of Sunday Baroque, heard each Sunday, 11am-2pm here on 99.5 All Classical.

We hope these ideas prompt you to think through your favorites, which you can submit here!


Feb. 12

It's hard to pick just one favorite, because I had the good fortune to grow up in a home with mostly classical music playing. Most people expect me to pick something from the baroque era, and I certainly have plenty of baroque favorites.

But my parents' tastes ran to big romantic orchestral music, and my early ballet lessons made me awfully fond of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Delibes' Coppelia. Those early formative years made the deepest impressions.

And when pianist Garrick Ohlsson won the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970 - the first American to win the prize - my parents purchased the LP of him performing Chopin's two Piano Concertos. I was still a young child, not even playing an instrument myself yet, and I played that LP over and over and over, until the grooves wore out.

So I'd have to say that Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, especially the second movement, will always have THE special place in my heart. Only a few years ago I met Garrick Ohlsson after a performance; shaking his giant, bear-like hand, I was like a starstruck little kid.

(image:  Kacpar Pempel)

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