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World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony

Monday, June 16, 2014

Per Nørgård's Eighth Symphony shows how the young composer has evolved into a mature, unmistakably contemporary artist. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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On-Demand Audio: Late 20th Century Works from AXIOM

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ensemble AXIOM and conductor Jeffrey Milarsky's second concert of their 2013-2014 series, in conjunction with Carnegie Hall's Vienne: City of Dreams festival, featured Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas and others in Alice Tully Hall on February 27.

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Young Composers Go Solo at NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 13, 2014

Young composers had the spotlight, as did solo musicians, at the New York Philharmonic Biennial CONTACT! concert on Tuesday, June 3 at SubCulture. Join host Phil Kline in listening Friday at 3 pm.

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NY Phil Biennial Connects Sound and Space in 'Beyond Recall'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The New York Philharmonic's Biennial featured this "Beyond Recall" concert, in which composers created works inspired by site-specific sculptures in Salzburg. Stream audio from the performance now. 

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Guerilla Composer Portrait: Barbara Harbach

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Brothers Balliett are diving into the work of Barbara Harbach this week, a prolific composer who runs her own publishing company. We'll hear a range of music from Ms. Harbach during this guerilla portrait airing Thursday at 3 pm.

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Preview: John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preview the first episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest John Luther Adams. The podcast will be available on June 24 following the 7 pm kick-off event in The Greene Space. 

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Danish Composer Per Nørgård Wins $200,000 Prize from NY Philharmonic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Composer Per Nørgård has received a hefty prize from the New York Philharmonic: a $200,000 cash award, a commission to compose a new work for the orchestra.

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Mario Diaz de Leon on the Primal Force of Sound

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Mario Diaz is a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble and has had his music performed by JACK Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. He also releases dark ambient music under the moniker Oneirogen. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Alexander Melnikov Exudes Warmth in Shostakovich's Preludes & Fugues

Monday, June 09, 2014

Pianist Alexander Melnikov's rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, just reissued in a recent Harmonia Mundi recording, present the music of Shostakovich at its most agreeable. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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Why Do Composers Always Use Low Woodwinds to Represent Monsters?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Stop looking for monsters under the bed—look no further than the low woodwind section. Join the Brothers Balliet today at 3 pm as they explore why composers always seem to depend on the bass clarinets, bassoons, and others to embody the ferocious. 

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Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Lisa Moore Presents Pan-Pacific Piano

Monday, June 02, 2014

Summer means light, leaves and the ocean. June on Hammered! begins with an exploration of composers with Pacific Ocean roots and sensibilities, with music inspired by the Pacific rim – the “ring of fire.” Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.

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Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full album all this week.

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Off the Grid with Suzanne Farrin Returns

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On Thursday, June 5 at 8 am/pm, join host Suzanne Farrin for the second season of Off the Grid – a special series on Q2 Music throughout the month of June that showcases new music by aspiring composers, young and old.

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On-Demand Audio: AXIOM Kicks Off 2013-2014 Series With Druckman and Subotnick

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Starting their 2013-2014 series in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Juilliard's contemporary ensemble AXIOM with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky performed a program of new yet retrospective music, with works by Jacob Druckman and Morton Subotnick, on October 11, 2013.

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On-Demand Audio: Pianist David Greilsammer's Cage & Scarlatti Mashup

Saturday, May 31, 2014

On May 27, Jerusalem-born pianist and conductor David Grielsammer performed a set of alternating sonata miniatures from Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Listen to the entire concert on demand.

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On-Demand Audio: The Knells, Duo Gazzana and Pianist Jenny Lin

Friday, May 30, 2014

The final night of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival featured a mix of chamber works performed by Duo Gazzana, pianist Jenny Lin and songs by members of the neo-psychedelic prog-rock band, the Knells.

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The Paul Celan Variety Hour

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett explore music built on the poetry of Romanian-born composer Paul Celan – leader of a harsh and often tragic life – courtesy of Michael Nyman and Harrison Birtwistle.

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On-Demand Audio: Top Brass Ensemble Meets Accordion Virtuoso and String Quartet

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On the third night of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival, the Invisible Dog Center featured the sounds of accordion virtuoso William Schimmel, the Daedalus Quartet and TILT Brass.

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Top Five Incubators of New Music

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the New York Philharmonic launches its first biennial, in what promises to be an important showcase for new music every two years, here are five established festivals it joins as new music incubators.

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