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John Adams Provides Thunder, Desperation and Pure Adrenaline

Monday, December 02, 2013

A new album by Peter Oundjian and the Scottish National Symphony offers three selections from Adams for large orchestra in one convenient dose. Stream the recording in full all this week.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

Monday, December 02, 2013

Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!

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A Thanksgiving Cross-Culture Show

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving isn't just about tryptophan-induced comas – it's also about cultures meeting and deep grooves. This week, in a special Thanksgiving edition, the Brothers Balliett honor that early American meeting of cultures with three pieces that exemplify cross-cultural connections.

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Marvin Lin on the Proliferation of Electrical Currents

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Marvin Lin is the editor-in-chief of the webzine Tiny Mix Tapes. His Mixtape tours the history of electronic music, from Duchamp to Matmos. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Ken Thomson Spins Invention and Prankster-ish Glee in 'Thaw'

Monday, November 25, 2013

Reedist and composer Ken Thomson's first album – titled "Thaw" and performed by the JACK Quartet – stands as his new career highlight. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Monday, November 25, 2013

Composers today inherit some pretty profound baggage. How is one able to write a single note! with all of music's most monolithic presences staring at your staff paper? One option is to ignore them, another is to talk with them.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Alex Mincek

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett talk to composer and Guggenheim recipient Alex Mincek, who's collaborated with Yarn/Wire, JACK Quartet and Wet Ink among others.

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Judd Greenstein on the Space Between Sounds

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Composer Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. He's a co-founder of New Amsterdam Records and curator of the annual Ecstatic Music Festival and is featured on Saturday's 21cLiederabend festival at BAM. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Benjamin Britten's 24-Hour Centennial Celebration

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Friday, Nov. 22, Q2 Music presents Great Britten – a 24-hour marathon celebrating the centennial of British composer Benjamin Britten, hosted by Nico Muhly and including a star-studded roster of Britten enthusiasts.

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Irish Mass Reimagined by Uzbekistan's Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky

Monday, November 18, 2013

On its latest recording, "Ó Riada Re-imagined," the Louth Contemporary Music Society from Ireland has asked Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky to create a new work out of an Irish mass. Stream the album in full all this week. 

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Strong Network Connection: Framing Modern Piano Music

Monday, November 18, 2013

To be a composer is to be aware of your musical family tree, and to some degree, exploit the strengths of your forefathers in order to create something novel. Stravinsky, after all, said that "good composers borrow, great composers steal!" 

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New Music: The Next Generation

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This week, the Brothers gaze into the universe of contemporary music's rising stars. Listen at 3 pm for music by Stuart Breczinski, Carson Cooman, Jacob Gotlib and Lansing McLoskey.

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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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