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Listen: Gregory Walker Premieres His Father George Walker's 'Bleu'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gregory Walker gives the world premiere of "Bleu" for unaccompanied violin by his father, composer George Walker, in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Daniel Hope and Jeffrey Kahane 'Compare Notes' with Nico Muhly

Friday, April 17, 2015

Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane give the world premiere of Nico Muhly's "Compare Notes" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Cygnus Ensemble Premieres Mario Davidovsky's 'Ladino Songs'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Cygnus Ensemble and soprano Elizabeth Farnum give the world premiere performance of Mario Davidovsky's "Ladino Songs" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Songs of the Earth and Sea

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What do composers Alan Hovhaness, David Maslanka and Beat Furrer havein common? For one thing, they all wrote music inspired by the 'songs' they heard within the sea and the earth.  

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Listen: Max Richter and American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 pm, watch a live video stream of composer Max Richter and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing a sold-out performance at Le Poisson Rouge.

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Listen: Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen Premiere Harold Meltzer's 'Kreisleriana'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen give the world premiere performance of Harold Meltzer's "Kreisleriana" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Prepared Pianist Hauschka on Friends and Influences

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Berlin-based pianist and composer Hauschka uses prepared piano as a vehicle for layered, mesmerizing improvisation-colored pieces. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Listen: AXIOM Performs All-Ligeti Program

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

February 25, Julliard's AXIOM ensemble, led by conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, rounded out its season with a program celebrating iconic Hungarian composer György Ligeti.

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Listen: Stephen Hartke's 'Netsuke' in World Premiere by Members of Eighth Blackbird

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Members of Eighth Blackbird give the world premiere of Stephen Hartke's "Netsuke" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Ukraine's Valentin Silvestrov Unleashes One's Inner Synesthete in 'Spectrums'

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, now pushing 80 years old, has led a long and prolific career traversing a wide range of musical styles. This new album focuses on his early works.

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Listen: World Premiere of Sebastian Currier's 'Digital Mist'

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pianist Bruce Levingston and violinist Colin Jacobsen give the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's "Digital Mist" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: David Bruce's 'The Shadow of the Blackbird' with Pianist Bruce Levingston

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pianist Bruce Levingston gives the world premiere of David Bruce's "The Shadow of the Blackbird" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky's Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pianist Bruce Levingston and violinist Colin Jacobsen give the world premiere of Dimitri Yanov-Yanovsky's "Passacaglia" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

Watch Live: NOW Ensemble Unveils New Album 'Dreamfall'

Friday, April 10, 2015

Monday, June 15 at 7 pm, indie-classical standard-bearers NOW Ensemble celebrate the release of their latest album "Dreamfall" with a performance live from The Greene Space.

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Listen: Utrecht String Quartet Premieres Chiel Meijering

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Utrecht Quartet gives the US premiere of Chiel Meijering's "Mein junges Leben hat (k)ein end" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Guggenheim Names 2015 Fellows for Music Composition

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced its 2015 Fellowships, including 11 recipients for the field of music composition.

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The Chinese Show

Thursday, April 09, 2015

This week the Brothers Balliett take a look at two exciting composers who have at least one thing in common – they both hail from China. 

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Listen: World Premiere of Simon Shaheen's 'The Call'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Composer and oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen and pianist Jason Lindner give the world premiere of Shaheen's "The Call" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

Listen: Ensemble LPR Reimagines Irish Song in 'Follow, Poet'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

On February 23, Le Poisson Rouge's resident Ensemble LPR presented "Follow, Poet," an evening of vocal music from composers Mohammed Fairouz and David Handler. Stream the show in full.

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Listen: Xiu Xiu and Mantra Percussion Premiere 'Extinction Meditation'

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On April 2, the post-punk duo Xiu Xiu and Mantra Percussion premiered a multi-movement work about impending environmental apocalypse as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen now.

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