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WFMT: Critical Thinking and Critic's Choice

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Critic's Choice, Critical Thinking, and more from Andrew Patner

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Critic's Choice, Critical Thinking, and more from Andrew Patner

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Patner on the prowl

By MrHenryPurcell - Jun 02 2008
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Andrew Patner knows as much about music as anyone on the air, and he has an easy rapport with many of the giants of the music world. His show brings you inside the arcane rituals of making music, in a questing rather than cozy way.

GREAT FIND!

By RadioFan22 - May 16 2008
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I was blown away when I stumbled upon this podcast out of Chicago staple, WFMT. Mr. Patner's conversations with his guests are so personal and eye-opening--I will pass my find on to anyone with an appreciation for real conversation and revealing answers from big name guests.

iTunes Ratings

9 Ratings
Average Ratings
7
0
0
1
1

Patner on the prowl

By MrHenryPurcell - Jun 02 2008
Read more
Andrew Patner knows as much about music as anyone on the air, and he has an easy rapport with many of the giants of the music world. His show brings you inside the arcane rituals of making music, in a questing rather than cozy way.

GREAT FIND!

By RadioFan22 - May 16 2008
Read more
I was blown away when I stumbled upon this podcast out of Chicago staple, WFMT. Mr. Patner's conversations with his guests are so personal and eye-opening--I will pass my find on to anyone with an appreciation for real conversation and revealing answers from big name guests.
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WFMT: Critical Thinking and Critic's Choice

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Critic's Choice, Critical Thinking, and more from Andrew Patner

Rank #1: Krzysztof Penderecki, composer/conductor (Critical Thinking)

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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

53mins

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Rank #2: Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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1987 portrait by Paul Struck, courtesy Mrs. Zdenka Papandopulo

Tonight on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner, we feature music recently recorded by Wisconsin-based pianist Nicholas Phillips of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991).

Jul 08 2014

59mins

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Rank #3: Randy Kroszner – Part 2 of 2 (Critical Thinking)

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The second 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.

Sep 02 2014

51mins

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Rank #4: The Season is Upon Us (Critic's Choice)

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Andrew outlines the must-see Chicago music events for the month of September.

Sep 10 2014

6mins

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Rank #5: Where Does Greatness Come From? (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)

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Andrew shares an article written by Gerald Stein from last year regarding greatness and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Jul 23 2014

6mins

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Rank #6: Randy Kroszner – Part 1 of 2 (Critical Thinking)

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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

53mins

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Rank #7: Body and Soul and Robin Williams (Critic's Choice)

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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

6mins

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Rank #8: Bennett Gordon Hall (Critic's Choice)

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Andrew previews upcoming acts at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall.

Aug 20 2014

5mins

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Rank #9: Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.

Aug 19 2014

1hr 2mins

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Rank #10: Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano – Part 1 (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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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

1hr

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Rank #11: James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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In an encore presentation from 2011, Andrew reads a favorite short story by James Alan McPherson, “A Matter of Vocabulary” from his 1969 collection Hue and Cry. A longtime faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, McPherson, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, was in the first class of MacArthur Fellows in 1981, and received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his second book of stories, Elbow Room.  He turned to writing full time after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1968 at age 24.   Andrew first met Jim when he was a boy in 1968, and Jim and his work have both meant a great deal to Andrew on many levels since then.  Alas, Jim’s masterpiece, “A Solo Song: For Doc,” also included in Hue and Cry, can’t be read on the radio due to some of the language.

Aug 05 2014

52mins

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Rank #12: Groucho #1 (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)

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Critic’s Choice is a weekly feature in which WFMT’s Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner shares his observations on arts and culture, from performances at Orchestra Hall to happenings in overlooked Chicago neighborhoods to festivals around the world.

Jul 30 2014

5mins

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Rank #13: Jeremy Denk (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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Andrew’s guest is pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, who was in town for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival.  Jeremy’s new album Ligeti/Beethoven is out now on the Nonesuch label.



Jul 29 2014

1hr 1min

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Rank #14: Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 3 (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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Andrew continues with the conclusion of his conversation with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.

Jul 22 2014

1hr 10mins

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Rank #15: Remembering Roger Ebert (Rebroadcast) (Critic's Choice)

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With the acclaimed Steve James documentary on the late Roger Ebert, Life Itself, now in theaters, Andrew rebroadcasts his commentary from Roger’s death in April of last year.


Jul 16 2014

6mins

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Rank #16: Bob Riesman (Author) on Big Bill Broonzy – Part 2 (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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Andrew talks with Bob Riesman, author of the recent book “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy,” in the second of a series on the legendary Chicago blues and folk musician.

Jul 15 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Gianandrea Noseda, conductor (Critical Thinking)

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Andrew Patner’s guest is Italian conductor and Rachmaninoff champion Gianandrea Noseda, who made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut leading the first-ever CSO performances of Rachmaninoff’s 1895 First Symphony.

Jul 18 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #18: Erik Nielsen, conductor (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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In a program from 2009, Andrew Patner talks with young American conductor Erik Nielsen, 2009 Winner of a major grant of support from the Chicago-based Solti Foundation U.S.

The Iowa-born Nielsen, kapellmeister of the Frankfurt Opera, has worked closely with such leading conductors as James Levine and Bernard Haitink, and discusses the challenges and expectations facing new conductors today.

Jul 11 2017

55mins

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Rank #19: Michael Morgan, conductor (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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In a program from 2009, Andrew Patner’s guest is Michael Morgan, Music Director for 20 seasons of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and longtime Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim.

Jun 27 2017

55mins

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Rank #20: Gustavo Dudamel (Rebroadcast) (Critical Thinking)

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In a program from 2009, Andrew Patner’s guest is conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Jun 20 2017

1hr 1min

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