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All Things Ecstatic

Monday, January 21, 2013

A beloved addition to the NYC festival circuit, the multi-dimension and ultra-collaborative Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off this Friday. Q2 Music is its proud digital partner, and this week on Hammered!, to get into the mood, we not only survey music from the festival's composers, musicians and ensembles, but more generally embrace all things ecstatic.

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Monumental Symphonies, Simple Songs

Monday, January 21, 2013

This week's episode of the New Canon runs the gamut from complex, large scale symphonies from the likes of Henri Dutilleux (via Esa-Pekka Salonen and Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra) and Tan Dun to more intimate performances by percussionist Doug Perkins and Bill Ryan's ensemble Billband.

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The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Strings

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Picking up with Part III of the The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra, the Brothers Balliett explore that silky smooth sound of the string section this week. Be prepared for sounds ranging from thorny to sublime, from surprisingly beautiful to technically jaw-dropping.

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Feast of Music's Mixed Bag

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Peter Matthews is the founder of Feast of Music, a blog covering live music in New York City. His genre-spanning Mixtape includes music by Adams, Coltrane, Messiaen and Muhly.

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The Complete Symphonies of Polish Icon Witold Lutosławski

Monday, January 14, 2013

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s affection for the modern composer Witold Lutosławski has long been evident. Now the Finnish conductor has recorded a complete set of the Polish icon's four symphonies. Stream them on demand this week only. 

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Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nordic Sounds Burn White Hot

Monday, January 14, 2013

Now that Elliott Carter has passed, we might well bestow the title of “world’s most impressive late-blooming composer” onto the shoulders of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read a full portrait of the Finnish composer-conductor and listen to him introduce many of his key works.

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Born from Silence

Monday, January 14, 2013

What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? This week on Hammered! we explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows. 

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Happy Birthday, Witold Lutoslawski and Jean Francaix

Monday, January 14, 2013

Witold Lutoslawski would have turned 100 this month if he were still alive. This week on The New Canon, we'll hear new recordings of his music, as recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as music by Pascal Dusapin and fellow centennialer Jean Francais.

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Q2 Music Listener Survey: Help Us Serve You!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Q2 Music is your home for the world’s most dynamic and inspiring new music.

We’re always asking – how can we make this better, more interesting, more fun? Would you help us and take five minutes to answer our short and streamlined online survey?

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The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Brass

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Today at 3 pm, join the Brothers Balliett as they continue their four-part Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra, which each week gives one of the standard orchestral families of instruments a chance to shine in an extreme way. This week: Brass.

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New York, Mid-Winter with Laurie Spiegel

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Since the reissue of her seminal 1980 debut album "The Expanding Universe," computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel has enjoyed a resurgence of attention. She offers music for the season on this week's Mixtape.

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project Charts Path in American Concert Music

Monday, January 07, 2013

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project devotes its latest – and 24th – recording in just five years to the music of New York composer Paul Moravec. Stream the entire album this week only. 

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, January 07, 2013

This week on Hammered! we dive deep into the music of the spectral school, exploring the sounds of Tristan Murail, Gerard Grisey, Claude Vivier and more alongside bits of "proto-spectralists" Olivier Messiaen, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok. Listen each morning at 10 am.

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Sound and Image

Monday, January 07, 2013

This week's episode of the New Canon features a new recording from French composer Paul Dusapin, an innovative pairing of Bach and Shostakovich by the baroque orchestra Ensemble Caprice and our current album of the week, Paul Moravec's "Northern Lights Electric." Hear the whole show on demand.

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The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Woodwinds

Thursday, January 03, 2013

To kick off the new year, the Brothers Balliett kick off The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra, a multi-week series that makes a direct response to Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra". This week the brothers begin at the top of the page with the woodwinds.

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Nils Frahm's Music For The End Of The World

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Delicate and introspective, the music of Nils Frahm carries a certain chilled, wintery character. For his Mixtape, the pianist-producer offers a playlist of post-holiday music taken from his vinyl collection. Listen today at 3 pm.

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A Vibrant Ceremony of Benjamin Britten Carols

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Christmas holiday may be in our rear-view mirrors but Britten's A Ceremony of Carols remains a wintery staple. A new recording captures the work’s harmonic and melodic ingenuity and narrative power.

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Viola Viola

Monday, December 31, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we hear new recordings of music by Poul Ruders, George Benjamin, Barbara Pentland and Benjamin Britten

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Postnuclear Winterscenario

Monday, December 31, 2012

Here we are, pre-New Year and post-Mayan "apocalypse", confronted with another expiration of a calendar year and the contemplation of that particular sort of cosmic mystery. This week we ring in the New Year on Hammered! with the mysterious resonating body that is the music of George Crumb.

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Unpacking the Greatest Gift to 20th-Century Music

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Abstraction wrested music from the polarity of major and minor keys and Romantic-era emotions. Blogger David Patrick Stearns deconstructs the watershed years of 1910-1925.

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