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August 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Much like the novel, people are always pronouncing the symphony to be a dead form. And yet, composers continue to write symphonies at an incredible pace. We’ll feature music by composers around the world who are adding to the symphonic canon.
August 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Throughout history, composers who have been known for championing a particular musical style have shocked their fans by radically and suddenly changing their aesthetic. Why does this happen, and who’s changing their style in the modern era? George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3 (excerpt) Concord String Quartet New World 80551 1:19 George Rochberg: Bagatelle No. […]
August 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm
We all know the Pastoral Symphony of Beethoven, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture inspired by Fingal’s Cave, and the music by Vaughan Williams inspired by the English countryside. But in the modern era, the urban environment is inspiring many composers to capture its sounds in music.
July 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Critic Kyle Gann says “Singleton’s music is soulful, with an understated simplicity that I particularly prize. Despite the studied economy of his means and the set character of his images, the music is never cold … nor abstract. It glows with warmth.” We’ll feature Singleton’s music on our next Composer Spotlight. Alvin Singleton: Jasper Drag […]
July 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Where would Gustav Mahler be without the incredible support of Leonard Bernstein? Bach without the support of Mendelssohn? Being championed by a famous performer or conductor is an incredible leg up to the career of many composers. Who are the modern day composer champions, and whose work are they promoting?
July 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm
In recent years composers have become interested in the fact that the performers can do things on stage other than just play their instrument: stomp their feet, clap, play simple percussion, and even sing. We’ll feature a variety of pieces from composers who ask musicians (who are not trained singers) to vocalize and supplement their […]
July 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Stunningly versatile pianist Jenny Lin has recorded with jazz musicians, rockers, contemporary composers and everyone in between. Equally comfortable playing Shostakovich on the same concert as giving a world premiere, Lin is a vital talent that is taking concert halls by storm.
July 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm
We’re having a ball trying to keep up with our ever-expanding musical collection as composers and performers around the world joyously overwhelm us with their creations. We’re consistently amazed by their level of talent and artistry, and are thrilled this week to share their music with our listeners. Amy Wurtz: String Quartet No. 1, I […]
June 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm
This new release by the Del Sol Quartet marks the first time that all of the string quartets by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe have appeared on one recording. We’ll play several selections from this remarkable new album.
June 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm
One of the key pioneers in the incredibly influential minimalist movement, Terry Riley is a restless artist who has constantly sought to reinvent himself over his long career. We’ll start with the landmark piece In C and work our way through the numerous highlights of his musical output. Terry Riley: Emily and Alice fr. The […]
June 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Legendary Brazilian guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad have been performing and recording together for 50 years, reinventing guitar technique along the way. We’ll talk with Sérgio about their remarkable career and feature music by a wide variety of composers who have written for them.
June 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm
From Stravinsky’s famous In Memoriam: Dylan Thomas to Hindemith’s Trauermusik, composers have long written their most personal and moving music as a tribute to a friend or great figure they admired. We’ll remember several great personalities with musical tributes by modern day composers. William Mayer: Brass Quintet, II Iowa Brass Quintet CRI 767 3:16 Ross […]
May 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Matthias Pintscher leads a concert of US premieres with members of the New York Philharmonic at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. All works based on public sculptures from Salzburg.
May 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm
An innovative collaboration with Warsaw composer Agnieszka Stulgińska in which a piece of music is publicly performed in installments as work on it progresses. We’ll hear Agnieszka’s thought process, play each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work.
May 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
RT calls up our radio and podcasting friends around the world to find out what new music they think will dominating our airwaves and digital bit streams in 30 years.