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Recently in Q2 Music

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." 

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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.

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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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Listen: JACK Quartet, Caroline Shaw, Ken Thomson and This Side Up

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The final installment of the JACK Quartet's marathon at the 2015 SONiC Festival includes music and performances from Caroline Shaw and Bang on a Can All-Star Ken Thomson.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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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Reflective Stocking Stuffers

Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's been a warm set of holidays, but that doesn't mean we can't set a reflective and introspective mood with some new music that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the season.

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Listen: Duo Cortona and Derek Bermel Out of the Box

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This second installment of the JACK Quartet's marathon at the 2015 SONiC Festival features performances from violin/voice ensemble Duo Cortona and from clarinetist Derek Bermel.

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Listen: American Composers Orchestra's 'Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts'

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On October 23, the American Composers Orchestra closed the 2015 SONiC Festival with five orchestral world premieres at Carnegie Hall.

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Seattle Symphony's Headline-Grabbing, Multi-Layered Commitment to New Music

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Seattle Symphony has earned its share of headlines in the past few years, but the real story is the symphony's multi-layered commitment to new music. 

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Listen: JACK Quartet's Out of the Box Marathon with So Percussion

Monday, December 21, 2015

October 18, JACK Quartet presented "JACK Out of the Box": a six-hour marathon of premieres by 17 composers. Set one featured guests So Percussion and Rachel Calloway.

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Mid-December Chamber Music Adventure

Thursday, December 17, 2015

To celebrate this mild beginning of winter, the Brothers Balliett share two stunning chamber works to set a contemplative tone for the Holiday season.

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Listen: Machine Music with Acoustic and Robotic Instruments

Thursday, December 17, 2015

On Oct 17, the SONiC Festival presented an afternoon program of music that incorporated new robotic instruments with acoustic instruments and voices.

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Listen: Bing & Ruth Perform 'City Lake' at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Bing & Ruth's music falls somewhere between contemporary classical and ambient electronica. Last month they celebrated the re-release of their celebrated "City Lake" live at LPR.

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