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Listen: Remembering Sir John Tavener

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 pm, Q2 Music honors the recent passing of British composer John Tavener with an hour-long tribute celebrating his work for a cappella choir, solo voice and chamber ensemble.

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Composer Peter Fahey on Music of Friends and Colleagues

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The music of Irish composer Peter Fahey has been performed by iO Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and Talea Ensemble. On October 25th, the American Composers Orchestra premiered his A Mirror to Kathleen's Face. Hear Fahey's Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Anniversary and Birthday Tributes

Monday, November 11, 2013

There are many reasons to tip the musical hat this week: Charles Wuorinen's 75th birthday; Ned Rorem's 90th!; the one year anniversary of Elliott Carter's passing; and the centennial celebration of Witold Lutoslawski. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by this handful of extraordinary composers.

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An Evening with Esa-Pekka Salonen

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Q2 Music brings you "An Evening with Esa-Pekka Salonen" – the most recent installment of the New York Philharmonic's new-music series CONTACT!. The music was recorded live at NoHo's SubCulture. 

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Chamber Duo itsnotyouitsme Crafts Ambient, Otherworldly Sounds

Friday, November 08, 2013

The new album from the duo itsnotyouitsme intertwines blustery images of the outside world with music heard from the inside – the music of heartbeats and breath. Stream it in full all this week.

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Centennial Introduction to Witold Lutosławski

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Join Q2 Music Tuesday, Nov. 12 for a 24-hour marathon marking the centennial of Witold Lutosławski, one of Polish music's seminal figures.

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Lutosławski 101 with Esa-Pekka Salonen

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Host Nadia Sirota explores three critical works in Lutosławski's catalog, Musique funèbre, Concerto for Orchestra and Les Espaces du sommeil, while offering insights and anecdotes from Esa-Pekka Salonen on what makes the Polish icon so special.

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Daníel Bjarnason on New Avenues of Musical Thinking

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason has collaborated with everyone from Britten Sinfonia to the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Sigur Rós. Hear his Mixtape, which includes selections by Ligeti, Kurtag, Lutoslawski and George Crumb, today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: George Benjamin's 'Written on Skin'

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Listen to the archived broadcast of George Benjamin's erotic, macabre and widely-lauded opera Written on Skin, as recorded live at Tanglewood this past August.

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The Silk Road Ensemble Charts 'A Playlist Without Borders'

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma has released a new collection of commissioned works by John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Collin Jacobsen and others. Stream it all this week.

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Lutosławski at 100: VII. Last Thoughts

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Seven explores his last thoughts. 

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Lutosławski at 100: VI. The Late Style

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Six explores his late style. 

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Lutosławski at 100: V. Heroism and Dissent

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Five explores heroism and dissent. 

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Lutosławski at 100: IV. Consolidating the Mature Style

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Four explores the consolidation of his mature style. 

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Lutosławski at 100: III. Breakthrough to Modernism

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Three explores his breakthrough to modernism.

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Lutosławski at 100: II. The Postwar Period

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Two explores the postwar period. 

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Lutosławski at 100: I. Early Works and World War II

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part One explores early works and World War II.

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The Incredible Multiplying Piano

Monday, November 04, 2013

Five days of accretive piano mayhem this week on Hammered!, beginning with music for zero pianists (all "automatic" pieces for pianola and other pianistic mechanisms), and, after adding one player and one piano per day, ending the week with repertoire for piano quartet. 

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Premiere of Steve Reich's Radio Rewrite

Monday, November 04, 2013

Saturday at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of Alarm Will Sound's all Steve Reich concert from the Met Museum. It included the hometown premiere of Reich's Radiohead-inspired Radio Rewrite.

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On-Demand Audio: Krzysztof Penderecki at Symphony Space

Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of music by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with performances by Ensemble Pi, Penderecki Quartet and others. Host Helga Davis interviews Penderecki from the stage at Symphony Space.

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