Rank #1: Krzysztof Penderecki, composer/conductor (Critical Thinking)
In a program from 2011, Andrew Patner’s guest is Krzysztof Penderecki, in a conversation recorded when the distinguished Polish composer and conductor was in Chicago leading concerts at the Grand Park Music Festival.
Jul 25 2017
Rank #2: Music of Marvin Hamlisch (rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program from September of 2012, Andrew Patner shares a listen to selections from the late Marvin Hamlisch‘s score to the Pulitzer Prize- and multiple Tony-Award-winning 1975 show A Chorus Line. He also has some recordings of another artist with surprising parallels to Hamlisch.
Sep 13 2016
Rank #3: Music of Ralph Shapey (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program that first aired January 17, 2011, Andrew Patner presents violin music of the great American composer Ralph Shapey.
Jun 30 2015
Rank #5: Riccardo Muti (rebroadcast from June 2014) (Critical Thinking)
In a program from June of 2014, Andrew Patner shares a conversation with Riccardo Muti. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about Verdi he has not conducted, Richard Strauss works he plans to add to his repertoire, and the role of principal players in an ensemble.
Oct 25 2016
Rank #6: Lee Sandlin (rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
Chicago author Lee Sandlin died unexpectedly in December of 2014. On August 15 of this year, the Chicago City Council ordained the 4500 block of N. Artesian Avenue at the Southeast corner of Wilson and Artesian to be hereby known as LEE SANDLIN WAY.
In his memory, we rebroadcast Andrew Patner’s 2013 conversation with Lee Sandlin about his books Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s Tornado Chasers and Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild.
Aug 25 2015
Rank #7: Where Does Greatness Come From? (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)
Jul 23 2014
Rank #8: Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.
Aug 19 2014
Rank #9: Leif Ove Andsnes – Pianist (rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program that first aired April 11, 2011, Andrew Patner’s guest is Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, in a conversation that followed a set of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Hall recital appearances.
Oct 06 2015
Rank #10: A Quartet of Quartets (rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program from 2014, Andrew Patner shares a sampling from American works on releases from the Spektral, JACK, Lark, and Sō Percussion quartets.
Nov 15 2016
Rank #11: Neil Steinberg – Author (rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program that first aired October 7th, 2013, Andrew Patner talks with longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg about his book, “You Were Never in Chicago.”
Oct 13 2015
Rank #13: Randy Kroszner – Part 1 of 2 (Critical Thinking)
The first of Andrew’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.
Aug 26 2014
Rank #14: David Nirenberg – Author (rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program that first aired October 14, 2013, Andrew Patner talks with University of Chicago professor David Nirenberg, on his book, “Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition.”
Oct 20 2015
Rank #15: Body and Soul and Robin Williams (Critic's Choice)
Andrew returns to the airwaves following a seven week recovery from a fall. Andrew remembers Robin Williams and discusses matters of mental health in this week’s Critic’s Choice.
Aug 13 2014
Rank #17: Bennett Gordon Hall (Critic's Choice)
Aug 20 2014
Rank #18: Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano – Part 1 (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
Andrew shares some of the commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on “American Vernacular: new music for solo piano,” the latest recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips. (And an additional teaser, too, from Chicago composer Bernard Rands, who celebrated his 80th birthday in March)
Aug 12 2014
Rank #20: A Quartet of Quartets (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)
In a program that first aired on April 14, 2014, Andrew Patner shares a sampling from American works on releases from the Spektral, JACK, Lark, and Sō Percussion quartets.
Aug 11 2015