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On-Demand Audio: David Lang's Opera 'The Difficulty of Crossing a Field'

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hear David Lang's 2002 opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with libretto by Mac Wellman, as recorded live in concert with the Harlem Quartet on Sept. 28 at Roulette.
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Philip Glass's complete set of 20 Etudes are released on this disc for the first time, recorded by Maki Namekawa for the composer's Orange Mountain Music label. Stream the album now. 

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On-Demand Audio: David Lang's Opera 'The Difficulty of Crossing a Field'

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Hear David Lang's 2002 opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with libretto by Mac Wellman, as recorded live in concert with the Harlem Quartet on Sept. 28 at Roulette.

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On-Demand Audio: The Knights Spotlight the Music of Bryce Dessner

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