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Melissa Smey and the Composers of Miller Theatre

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Melissa Smey is the Director of the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. Her Mixtape includes several composers from the venue's Composer Portrait series, which begins its spring season on February 9. Listen today at 3 pm.

 

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Ensemble LPR and Fred Sherry: In Memory of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, Ensemble LPR honored the late Elliott Carter with a concert featuring selections from throughout the composer's influential career. The program featured several longtime Carter collaborators, including cellist Fred Sherry, clarinetist Charlie Neidich, pianist Ursula Oppens and violinist Rolf Schulte.

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The Peculiarly Beguiling Aesthetic of Alexander Berne

Monday, January 28, 2013

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Berne's "Self Referentials" is a profoundly enigmatic listening experience. Find out why by listening to the streamed album all this week.

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Journeys Through Sound

Monday, January 28, 2013

This week's episode of the New Canon features new recordings of music by Alexander Byrne, Suzanne Farrin and Béla Bartók. Listen Monday at 3 pm.

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Jean and Morty

Monday, January 28, 2013

Why juxtapose Sibelius and Feldman over a week's programming? OK, it's partly a whimsical reaction to a striking quote in Alex Ross's The Rest is Noise, but there are, at least in their mature work, compelling commonalities. Hear Phil Kline weekdays from 11 am to 1 pm on Q2 Music.

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Studying the Etude

Monday, January 28, 2013

Taking a page out of the great Nicholas Hodges' recent programatic playbook, this week on Hammered! we re-contextualize a handful of classic etudes by throwing in fistfuls of freshly composed ones, some so difficult only a machine can play them!

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Listen: Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Causing a Tiger and Face the Music

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of singer-instrumentalist Carla Kihlstedt with the International Contemporary Ensemble, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Watch: Shara Worden and Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Friday, January 25, 2013

Q2 Music helped open the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival recently with a special show featuring the songwriter Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Piano, Harp & Percussion

Thursday, January 24, 2013

All good things must come to an end, and so this week, the Brothers Balliett close the month-long series The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra with a deep dive into the worlds of piano, harp and percussion.

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Order Never Mattered: Andy Akiho

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The music of rising composer Andy Akiho has been performed by Eighth Blackbird, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ethel String Quartet. His mixtape features pieces from Debussy to Feldman.

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Grand Band performs Simeon ten Holt's 'Canto Ostinato'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Grand Band – New York City-based piano sextet – honored the recent passing of Simeon ten Holt with a complete performance of the Dutch composer's epic work for multiple keyboards, Canto Ostinato.

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Dutilleux Renders the Human and the Sublime with Equal Measure

Monday, January 21, 2013

On "Correspondances," Dutilleux finds his ideal interpreter in conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who brings to life the most ethereal details of the composer's scores without losing sight of their core humanity.

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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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