Brad Balliett

Brad Balliett appears in the following:

Bizarre Instruments

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.


The Big Bad Madrigal Throwdown

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.


A Kaleidoscopic Array of Colorful Curiosities

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.


The "Out of Tune" Hour

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.

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Where's Gesualdo?

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.


Night of the Living Symphony Orchestra

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.

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Post-Classical Jazz for Valentine's Day

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.


Beethoven's 10th Symphony

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.

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Rituals, Memorials and Auras

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.


The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Piano, Harp & Percussion

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.


The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Strings

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.


The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Brass

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.


The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Woodwinds

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.


The Brothers Balliett Tackle Franz Schubert

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.

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A Wintery Listening Session

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.


A Swiss Sojourn

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.


Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur?

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.


We Are The Brothers Thanksgiving

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.


We Are The Brothers Balliett

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.