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      Soundward: The Best Through the Ages

      Back by popular demand! Seth welcomes Phil Kline from Q2 Music into a rousing debate and conversation about newly released music like Abrahamsen’s Let Me Tell You while rediscovering old favorites like Satie’s Portrait De Socrate. Another exciting installment of Soundward!  Hans Abrahamsen: Let Me Tell You, Part 1 Voice-Barbara Hannigan, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/ […]

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      Image Credit: Alex Delfanne

      Image Credit: Alex Delfanne

      What is Wandelweiser?

      Originally a German musical creation, Wandelweiser is a kind of extreme minimalism that is fast becoming popular with composers around the world. We talk with two of its creators, Jürg Frey and Eva-Maria Houben, about the phenomenal growth of this movement. Jürg Frey: More or Less Normal a.pe.ri.od.ic 5:37 Frey: 60 Pieces of Sound (excerpt) […]

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      Shuffling the deck, music chosen by luck and chance.

      A riffle shuffle being performed during a game of poker at a bar near Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by: Johnny Blood

      Dealer’s Choice!

      Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. Seth curates a list of great music and discusses why it’s a winner.   Peter Stopschinski Now Would Be a Good Time “Agitated Conversation” [EXCERPT] 2:14 Vykintas Baltakas “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” 6:48 Karel Husa Karel Husa: String Quartets Nos. 2 And 3 “String Quartet No. […]

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      2016's Classical NEXT Conference took place from May 25-28

      Classical NEXT is in it's 11th year and takes place in Rotterdam, NL.

      Classical: NEXT

      Though relatively new, the Classical Next conference attracts composers, performers and presenters from nearly fifty countries every year to share performances and new ideas for strengthening classical music.  Seth travels to Rotterdam to take in the sounds and share them with you. Solomia Soroka: Violin Sonata No. 2 Ralph Van Raat Mvt. 2 “Brutal, Fast” […]

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      MATA Festival was founded by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky.

      MATA Festival was founded by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky.

      The Young Generation

      Seth explores the country and overseas identifying the hottest young talents and try to guess at emerging trends that are inspiring the next generation of composers. Alex Weiser Performed by Musicians Kettle Corn New Music “Three Epitaphs” for singer and chamber orchestra 12:00 Conrad Tao Composed and Performed by Conrad Tao “A Walk (For Emilio)” for […]

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      Photo courtesy of Andrew Norman

      Photo courtesy of Andrew Norman

      Composer Spotlight: Andrew Norman

      With recent commissions and performances from the L.A. Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the New York Philharmonic, in addition to his work with celebrated collective Sleeping Giant, Andrew Norman has emerged as a major figure in today’s classical music world.   Andrew Norman Boston Modern Orchestra Project Play: Level 1 [EXCERPT] Andrew Norman Switch 28:34 Andrew Norman […]

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      Soundward with Q2’s Phil Kline

      Q2’s Phil Kline sits down with Seth Boustead to passionately discuss music that’s hot off the presses. George Hurd, Carla Kihlstedt Navigation Without Numbers [EXCERPT] George Hurd: Navigation Without Numbers Nathan Davis Ghostlight [EXCERPT] On the Nature of Thingness Nathan Davis On the Nature of Thingness – An Outside with the Inside in it On the […]

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      8 A Modern Symphony

      Modern Symphony, Part I

      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. Erkki Sven-Tüür: Symphony 3 Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Dennis Russell Davies ECM 465134 14:20, […]

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      Del Sol Quartet – Quartets of Peter Sculthorpe

      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. Peter Sculthorpe: String Quartet No. 16, I (excerpt) Del Sol Quartet; Peter Kent, didjeridu Sono Luminus 92181 2:10 […]

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      Jenny Lin poses in front of the piano.

      Jenny Lin poses in front of the piano.

      Pianist Jenny Lin

      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. George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm (excerpt) Earl Wild, arr. Jenny Lin, p. Steinway […]

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      AACM at 50

      Chicago’s storied Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians has provided a unique place for musicians of all kinds to create unique and stunning new creations.  AACM turned 50 in 2015 and we’ll celebrate with performances of Afterword, an opera about the AACM by longtime member and celebrated composer George Lewis.  We’ll chat with Lewis about the piece, the […]

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      In Memoriam

      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 […]

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      A Change in Opinion

      A Change of Opinion

      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. […]

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      wild Up performs their debut in NYC.

      wild Up performs their debut in NYC.

      Sonic Festival: wild Up

      L.A. based ensemble wild Up is making their mark on the national contemporary music scene. We caught up with them at the recent Sonic Festival in New York City and will play music from that concert. Live recordings from their albums Feather and Stone and You of All Things, an album collaboration with Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili, are […]

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      Ukraine's famous Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev

      Ukraine's famous Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev

      Letters from Ukraine

      Relevant Tones has been carrying on a correspondence with several musicians in this recently war-torn region, where making music has recently been a challenge.  We’ll share their stories and feature chamber and orchestral works by composers determined to carry on. Julia Gomelskaya: Planet “The Life” for String Orchestra and Piano (excerpt) Kiev Camerata/Valeriy Matiukhin; Dmitry […]

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