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Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.

Recently in Q2 Music

Listen: Steve Reich's 'Triple Quartet' with Face the Music and JACK Quartet

Friday, September 06, 2013

This summer, the alt-classical youth ensemble Face the Music joined JACK Quartet for an exclusive Q2 Music recording of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet in The Greene Space at WQXR.

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Five Takes on the Voice

Thursday, September 05, 2013

In the last fifty-or-so years, composers have explored an exceptionally wide range of expression in music for solo voice. Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett feature vocal music by Milton Babbitt, Harrison Birtwistle and Philip Glass.

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Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics – low fidelity tones generated with the least possible amount of digital information. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue with multiple others."

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The Colorful, Playful Music of Samuel Adler

Monday, September 02, 2013

An anti-minimalist with a thing for counterpoint, Samuel Adler writes music that's difficult to hum but colorful and underplayed. The Esterhazy Quartet works to remedy that with a powerful new album. Stream it all this week.

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The Road Less Traveled

Monday, September 02, 2013

This week on Hammered! we queue up portions of Frederic Rzewski's epic musical novel The Road—in addition to a few driving playlists of our own. Tune in all week at 10 am.

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Listen: Warsaw Philharmonic Plays Lutoslawski, Shostakovich & Panufnik

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music at the Proms features the Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra making their BBC Proms debut with music by Witold Lutoslawski, Dmitri Shostakovich and Andrzej Panufnik. 

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Pop Stars Gone Wild

Thursday, August 29, 2013

What happens when pop stars go wild? Sometimes they destroy hotel rooms. Sometimes they buy islands. Sometimes they write classical music. This week's episode of The Brothers Balliett takes a look at some remarkable members of the pop world writing more "serious" music.

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Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Though New York City's Dawn of Midi resembles a jazz trio, their mechanical, textured music has more in common with post-rockers Tortoise or the pensive electronica of Squarepusher than, say, Miles Davis. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

 

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Sofia Gubaidulina Mixes Physical Drama and Sacred Symbols

Monday, August 26, 2013

A post-Soviet master on par with Schnittke and Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina constructs music with great sacred symbols in mind. Stream bassist Daniele Roccato's new album of her work all this week.

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The Kids are Alright (Keyboard Music from Composers Under 40)

Monday, August 26, 2013

All this week on Hammered!, pianist David Friend features keyboard music by composers under the age of 40. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by Chris Cerrone, Judd Greenstein, Ryan Francis, Conrad Tao and more.

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Lisa Moore Offers a Dose From Down Under

Monday, August 26, 2013

Australian pianist Lisa Moore guest-hosts for Phil Kline all this week, offering a survey of her native country's new-music scene, alongside selections of traditional Aboriginal music. Listen weekdays this week at 11 am.

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Listen: World Premiere of Frederic Rzewski's Piano Concerto

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Q2 Music at the Proms features the premiere of Frederic Rzewski's Piano Concerto, the UK premiere of Gerald Barry's No Other People, and pieces by John White and Morton Feldman. 

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Strung-Out Sonatas from Yehudi Wyner and Lera Auerbach

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What do composers Yehudi Wyner, Michel Merlet and Russian-born composer Lera Auerbach all have in common? They've all contributed new examples to the ever-expanding repertoire of music for a solo string instrument with piano—a genre called, for simplicity's sake, the "Sonata."

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Philip Glass's Latest (and Most Unusual) Collaboration

Monday, August 19, 2013

"Concert of the Sixth Sun" is the latest meeting between Philip Glass and musicians from outside the Western classical tradition and easily the most unusual collaboration. Stream it in full all this week.

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Piano +

Monday, August 19, 2013

This week on Hammered! pianist David Friend examines music by John Cage, Frederic Rzewski and others that takes traditional piano writing as a starting point, but deviates from the basics of traditional technique. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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Listen: London Sinfonietta Performs Varèse, Martland...and The Stranglers

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Last week, Q2 Music at the Proms presented highlights from a London Sinfonietta performance pairing Anna Meredith punk-rock arrangements with modernist masters Edgard Varèse, Iannis Xenakis and Luciano Berio. Listen to the whole show on demand.

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Summer Symphony Series #4

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer is quickly coming to a close. To commemorate the changing of the seasons, the Brothers serve up a final installment of their four-part Summer Symphony Series with music of Aaron Jay Kernis and Charles Wuorinen. Listen today at 3 pm.

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David Harrington's World of Music

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

For this week's mixtape violinist David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet offers a playlist that jumps freely across time periods and continents, from Erik Satie to Nam June Paik to traditional Scandinavian folk music.

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Phyllis Chen Ennobles the Toy Piano in 'Little Things'

Monday, August 12, 2013

On Phyllis Chen's "Little Things," you forget about the novelty of the toy piano and start to focus on its possibilities. Stream the full album all this week.

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Piano Served Three Ways

Monday, August 12, 2013

This week on the New Canon, we hear new piano-heavy recordings of works by Timo Andres and Victor Kissine, as well as music from our album of the week featuring Phyllis Chen on toy piano. Listen today at 3 pm.

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