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Living For The Live Performance

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week on Hammered!, in coordination with our Fall Pledge Drive, we hear highlights from our vast archive of live piano performances.

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Sensuality and Coldness in Debussy and Boulez

Monday, October 22, 2012

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Pierre Boulez (1925-): Two great French composers, one at each end of the continuum of twentieth century music. Debussy would typically be characterized as the more sensual and accessible, Boulez the colder and more forbidding, the hard-line modernist, but a little listening demonstrates their connections.

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Giving New Voice to Complexity

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week on The New Canon, hear new recordings from the experimental German-born, British composer Max Richter and Danish icon Per Norgard, as well as highlights from the exciting debut CD of vocal octet, Roomful of Teeth.

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A Dialogue Between Human and Automatic Performers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Argentinian-born composer and conductor Sebastian Zubieta is currently the music director at Americas Society, an organization dedicated to education, social change and cultural dialogue in and between the Americas. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Video: Beethoven Remixed

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thursday night, Q2 Music presented an evening of remixes and re-imaginings of Beethoven's string quartets in The Greene Space.

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Take A Stand: Q2 Music's Fall Pledge Drive

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Q2 Music’s a listener-supported radio station. We rely on your pledge dollars to stay streaming 24 hours a day, every day. Chip in and make a contribution right now!

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Mystery and Scientific Exploration in Nordic Cello Concertos

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cellist Jakob Kullberg and the New Music Orchestra present cello concertos by Saariaho, Norgard and Nordheim.

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Glenn Gould Reborn and Premieres from Górecki and Nordheim

Monday, October 15, 2012

This week on The New Canon, recordings of works by Arne Nordheim and Henryk Górecki, as well as a new album by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.

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The Shostakovich Symphonies

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Shostakovich Symphonies are a maddeningly mixed bag, ranging from experimental to conservative, sublime to bombastic, and, most oddly, magnificent to awful. Hear them featured all week with Q2 Music's Phil Kline. 

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Kevin Puts on Different Ways to Perceive Beauty

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his opera Silent Night, composer Kevin Puts shares his mixtape, which includes pieces by Steve Reich, John Adams, Michael Torke and other composers.

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Celebrating the Female: The Choral Works of Imogen Holst

Monday, October 08, 2012

A new recording of Imogen Holst’s choral works provides a valuable introduction to an area of the musician's life that has until now been woefully neglected.

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Distressed Surfaces and Layers of Recollection

Monday, October 08, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we hear new recordings of music by composers Morgan Hayes and Imogen Holst, as well a selection of world premiere recordings of works for solo cellist Anthony Arnone.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough ...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.

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Face the Music's Peripatetic Playlist

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Kaufman Center’s Face the Music is an “alt-classical” ensemble of more than a hundred talented teenagers under the direction of conductor Jenny Undercofler. Listen to their mixtape.

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Listening Party: An Hour with Claire Chase

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Today from 3-4 pm, Q2 Music celebrates flutist Claire Chase's 2012 MacArthur Fellowship with an hour of experimental music from Chase and her esteemed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The program features music by Kaija Saariaho, Edgard Varese and more.

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Behind the Perverse Pandemonium of HK Gruber

Monday, October 01, 2012

Heinz Karl Gruber (or HK Gruber, depending on your program) isn’t afraid of being called silly. One of the Austrian composer’s most notorious pieces, Frankenstein!! (yes, with two exclamation points), is formally described as a “pan-demonium,” and takes as its text some would-be Austrian children’s rhymes penned by an absurdist-minded pal of Gruber’s.

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Eighth Blackbird Brings Adès, Hartke and Etezady to Life

Monday, October 01, 2012

The prominent new music sextet called eighth blackbird performs music by Stephen Hartke, Thomas Ades, John Adams and Missy Mazzoli, featuring instruments like the flexatone and harmonica.

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, October 01, 2012

Gerard Grisey, one of the godfathers of the spectral school, had an almost tactile relationship to sound, saying "I start more with the physical aspect of things, the physical aspect of sound, the quality of spectrums" before composing. This week on Hammered! we try to understand what the heck that actually means with a deep dive into the music of the spectral school.

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Barbara Monk Feldman and Eighth Blackbird

Monday, October 01, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we hear premiere recordings of works by Barbara Monk Feldman, as well as a new album by the Chicago-based Eighth Blackbird.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In this, the second part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents the under-appreciated radical side of Cowell's writing following his 1936-1940 stint in prison and the composer's ongoing passion and advocacy for non-Western musics.

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