Concerts from the Library of Congress

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Concerts from the Library of Congress

Q2 Music and the Library of Congress are joining forces to bring you audio from the storied institution's longstanding series of commissions and world premieres.

Founded in 1925 by music patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, Concerts from the Library of Congress is an annual concert series in Washington, DC at the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium. Through its 90-year history and many commissioning bodies, including the prestigious Koussevitzy Music Foundation, the Library has presented over 550 commissions or co-commissions.

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Listen: Kati Agócs's 'Tantric Variations' Live at the Library of Congress

On Dec. 17, 2016, the Cecilia String Quartet presented the U.S. premiere of Kati Agócs's "Tantric Variations" at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Listen now.

Listen: Frederic Rzewski, Jennifer Koh and Del Sol String Quartet at the Library of Congress

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Listen to a pair of world premieres by Frederick Rzewski performed live at the Library of Congress with violinist Jennifer Koh, the Del Sol String Quartet and Rzewski himself.

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App Download: Gabriela Lena Frank's 'My angel, his name is freedom'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, hear a premiere by Gabriela Lena Frank recorded live at the Library of Congress.

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On-Demand: Ensemble Intercontemporain Unleashes Hannah Lash and Matthias Pintscher

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Listen to Ensemble Intercontemporain's performance of new works by Hannah Lash and Matthias Pintscher, recorded live in concert at the Library of Congress on Nov. 13, 2015.

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On-Demand: WindSync Premieres Paul Lansky's 'The Long and Short of It'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Listen to the world premiere of Paul Lansky's quintet 'The Long and Short of It' as performed live on Oct. 24, 2015 at the Library of Congress by WindSync.

Listen: World Premiere of Michael Hersch's 'Carrion - Miles to Purgatory'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

On October 16, 2015, Annette von Hehn and Stefan Heinemeyer gave the world premiere of Michael Hersch's "Carrion-Miles to Purgatory" at the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Jennifer Higdon's Viola Concerto with Soloist Roberto Diaz

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Violist Roberto Diaz and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra under Robert Spano perform Jennifer Higdon's "Viola Concerto," a work co-commissioned by the Library of Congress.

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Listen: St. Lawrence String Quartet Goes The Distance for John Adams

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The St. Lawrence String Quartet gives the world premiere performance of John Adams's second String Quartet in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Premiere of Irving Fine's Two-Piano Transcription

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pianists Oliver Hagen and Daniel Pesca give the world premiere of Irving Fine's "Toccata Concertante" transcribed for two pianos, in this recording from the Library of Congress.   

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Listen: Jefferson Friedman Premiere with Chiara String Quartet and Simone Dinnerstein

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the Chiara String Quartet give the world premiere of Jefferson Friedman's "The Heart Wakes Into" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: George Lewis, Washing Machines and Ensemble Dal Niente

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Members of Ensemble Dal Niente give the world premiere of George Lewis's "The Mangle of Practice" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.  

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Listen: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Premiere Marc Neikrug

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Members of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group give the world premiere performance of Marc Neikrug's "Tiger's Nest" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Amphion String Quartet Premieres Einojuhani Rautavaara

Monday, April 20, 2015

Amphion String Quartet and Nicolas Altstaedt give the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Variations for Five" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Orchestra 2001 Premiere Chaya Czernowin

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Orchestra 2001 gives the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin's "Slow Summer Stay II: Lakes" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Gregory Walker Premieres His Father George Walker's 'Bleu'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gregory Walker gives the world premiere of "Bleu" for unaccompanied violin by his father, composer George Walker, in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Daniel Hope and Jeffrey Kahane 'Compare Notes' with Nico Muhly

Friday, April 17, 2015

Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane give the world premiere of Nico Muhly's "Compare Notes" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Cygnus Ensemble Premieres Mario Davidovsky's 'Ladino Songs'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Cygnus Ensemble and soprano Elizabeth Farnum give the world premiere performance of Mario Davidovsky's "Ladino Songs" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen Premiere Harold Meltzer's 'Kreisleriana'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen give the world premiere performance of Harold Meltzer's "Kreisleriana" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Stephen Hartke's 'Netsuke' in World Premiere by Members of Eighth Blackbird

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Members of Eighth Blackbird give the world premiere of Stephen Hartke's "Netsuke" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: World Premiere of Sebastian Currier's 'Digital Mist'

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pianist Bruce Levingston and violinist Colin Jacobsen give the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's "Digital Mist" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: David Bruce's 'The Shadow of the Blackbird' with Pianist Bruce Levingston

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pianist Bruce Levingston gives the world premiere of David Bruce's "The Shadow of the Blackbird" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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