Brad Balliett appears in the following:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Last January, the Brothers Balliett presented the Grown-Person's Guide, examining the orchestra one section at a time. By popular request, this week, they add more recent and usual instruments to their rundown. Featuring the ondes martenot, barrel organ and a music box ensemble. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
What does the word "madrigal" bring to mind for you? Close harmony on charming texts? Italian chromaticism? This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to a handful of living composers offering their own unique stamp on this ancient form.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Whether you have full blown synesthesia, or you've just always thought that D Major sounds kind of blue, humans have associated color with music for ages. This week, the Brothers Balliett serve up colorful music from Dalbavie, Torke and Thompson.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
What happens when composers abandon the traditional equal division of the octave into twelve parts? This week the Brothers explore some music that might be considered 'out of tune' by equal-tempered standards, but are in fact performed according to rigorous sonic ideas.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Fred Lerdahl writes music that is thumping, harmonically interesting, and full of groove, and to listen to his music is to understand his process. The Brothers Balliett have been fans of Lerdahl's work for some time now, and this week they pay homage to the composer with a one-hour festival.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
It's become almost a cliche to hear a wiseacre remark about a particularly pungent Carlo Gesualdo madrigal: 'That's crazier than most new music you hear these days, and it's over 400 years old!' Today at 3 pm, the Brothers trace his influence on 20th and 21st Century music, from Stravinsky to Sciarrino.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a major symphony orchestra took a page from the Q2 Music handbook? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett offer a program devised to follow traditional symphony concert format.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
We live in a post-classical world. Every day genre boundaries are pushed, invaded, blurred or otherwise violated. With that in mind, the Brothers Balliett take a multi-angled look at the overlap between new music and jazz.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Yes, you heard correctly. The Brothers Balliett share a musical oddity — a performing version of Beethoven's 10th symphony in Eb major, completed (compiled?) from sketches by Dr. Barry Cooper. Only a truly audacious musician would dare attempt this task, and the results are well worth a listen.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
This week, the Brothers Balliett investigate three interconnected orchestral works, all centered around the idea of a memorial or homage. Music of Harrison Birtwistle, Magnus Lindberg and Witold Lutoslawski. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
All good things must come to an end, and so this week, the Brothers Balliett close the month-long series The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra with a deep dive into the worlds of piano, harp and percussion.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Picking up with Part III of the The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra, the Brothers Balliett explore that silky smooth sound of the string section this week. Be prepared for sounds ranging from thorny to sublime, from surprisingly beautiful to technically jaw-dropping.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Today at 3 pm, join the Brothers Balliett as they continue their four-part Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra, which each week gives one of the standard orchestral families of instruments a chance to shine in an extreme way. This week: Brass.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
To kick off the new year, the Brothers Balliett kick off The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra, a multi-week series that makes a direct response to Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra". This week the brothers begin at the top of the page with the woodwinds.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The influence of Franz Schubert is all over the music of everyone from Gustav Mahler to David Lang. This week's episode explores the wide-ranging tributes to the composer that have appeared in the past few decades, including works by Woolf and Berio.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This week the Brothers Balliett offer up some bright, sparkling pieces appropriate for a bright, cold December afternoon. Beginning with the bustling New York soundscape of Bertolozzi's Bridge Music, you'll also hear Luigi Dallapiccola's homage to Tartini, a stunning flute concerto by Kaija Saariaho, and a few winter classics performed by the incomparable horn quartet Genghis Barbie.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Brothers Balliett revisit one of their favorite new music locations: Switzerland. This show is a thanks to all their Swiss buddies, and a reminder that Swiss composers are full of invention. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur? An extreme question, to be sure - but one that Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino addresses in his solo-flute (!) arrangement of J.S. Bach's towering Toccata and Fugue in D-minor. Join the Brothers Balliett today at 3 pm.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
This week's show offers up some savory sounds for your ears to accompany your Thanksgiving feast. But these Thanksgiving treats are a little bit edgy, and might bite back.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett — identical twin composers and performers from Massachusetts — have been performing together and collaborating for nearly thirty years. The bassoonist and double bassist are fiercely competitive and work tirelessly to one-up each other. Hear the premiere of their show today at 3 pm.