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Gabriel Kahane Mines Loss and Modern Life in 'The Fiction Issue'

Monday, February 01, 2016

On his new chamber music release, "The Fiction Issue," Gabriel Kahane focuses on building a sense of place with the scraps of modern life rather than the locations from which they came.


On-Demand: Boston's 'Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie'

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented MIT Music and Theater Art's "Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie" with a special live webcast from MIT's prestigious Kresge Auditorium. 

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Interview: Alva Noto on Co-Scoring 'The Revenant'

Thursday, January 28, 2016

German electronic musician Alva Noto was one of three composers to score "The Revenant" – a film up for twelve Oscars, including Best Picture. He joins us in the studio.


Dances, Minimal and Otherwise

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To shake off the sludge and snow from their boots, this week the Brothers Balliett hit the dance floor with two major figures of American music: Philip Glass and John Adams.


Watch: Man Forever and Tigue Launch 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Q2 Music helps kick off the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival with a videostream of percussion projects Man Forever and Tigue live from The Greene Space at WQXR. John Schaefer hosts.


LPR Live Launches with Steve Reich's Iconic 'Different Trains'

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LPR Live, a new podcast from Q2 Music showcasing dynamic pieces recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge, launches with Steve Reich's seminal "Different Trains" performed by ACME.


Kati Agócs's High-Drama Setting of Love and Devotion

Monday, January 25, 2016

The latest in the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's composer portrait series focuses on Kati Agócs, a Boston-based, Canadian-born composer of Hungarian and American descent.

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24 Hours of 2015's Best and Brightest New-Music Tracks

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 24 and again on Tuesday, Jan. 26, celebrate your favorite new-music releases of 2015 with a special pre-Grammy Awards, ensemble-hosted 24-hour marathon.

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Three Unique Piano Utterances

Thursday, January 21, 2016

This week the Brothers Balliett take a gander at three utterly unique piano pieces, each designed to honor a specific person or set of people.


Humor and Fiendish Difficulty in Spektral Quartet's 'Serious Business'

Monday, January 18, 2016

The works on "Serious Business," the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet's first recording for the audiophile Sono Luminus label, dare the listener to dismiss them as "cute" or "fun." 


The Young Philip Glass

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We all know Philip Glass as the composer of countless film scores, a Beethoven-sized collection of symphonies, and a host of amazing operas. But what was his early work like?

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Composers and Musicians Pay Tribute to David Bowie

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Contemporary music composers and performers – including Richard Reed Parry, Daniel Felsenfeld and John Lurie – share personal tributes to David Bowie.

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Kaija Saariaho's Unearthly Flute Music Shines on 'Let the Wind Speak'

Monday, January 11, 2016

"Let the Wind Speak" is as much an exploration of Kaija Saariaho’s flute writing as her long-time collaboration with soloist Camilla Hoitenga.


David Bowie Leaves Behind Modern Classical Music Influence

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rock icon David Bowie passed away on Sunday, just days after the release of his latest album. His influence bled into the worlds of modern classical and experimental music.

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Who Is Per Norgard?

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Per Nørgård's formidable output places him within the symphonic tradition of his regional predecessors Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, but also shows him breaking new ground. 

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Influential Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez Has Died

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The influential composer, conductor and new-music advocate Pierre Boulez died Tuesday at the age of 90.

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Interview: Beth Morrison on Prototype and Harnessing Creative Passion

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The annual Prototype festival of new opera returns to New York this week. Creative producer Beth Morrison joins Helga Davis to discuss her professional path and the value of community.


Hans Abrahamsen's Grawemeyer Award-Winning 'Let Me Tell You'

Monday, January 04, 2016

"Let Me Tell You" was announced this fall as the winner of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award, the composing world's highest honor. The label Winter & Winter presents its premiere recording.


'Tavener Conducts Tavener' Finds the Holy and Supernatural in the Human Voice

Monday, December 28, 2015

"Tavener Conducts Tavener" tours the listener through the late, legendary composer’s vast repertoire and reaffirms the human voice as our most transcendent instrument.


Download: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

Monday, December 28, 2015

I'm so excited to share today's Meet the Composer bonus track with you. It's Part II of Nico Muhly's viola concerto, that I traveled to Detroit this past October to premiere. 

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