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NY Philharmonic Gives Four Premieres

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Tonight at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams the next installment of the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series, with premieres of works by Unsuk Chin, Poul Ruders, Yann Robin and Anders Hillborg.

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Soloistic Impulses for Viola, Harp, Piano and More

Monday, April 08, 2013

On this week's The New Canon, sample the new solo album by Brooklyn Rider violist Nicholas Cords and enjoy solos for cello, bass and harp by Samuel Adler. Also, hear selections from our current Album of the Week, "Corollaries," by virtuoso pianist/composer Lubomyr Melnyk.

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The Epic, Meditative Stillness of Lubomyr Melnyk's 'Corollaries'

Sunday, April 07, 2013

On "Corollaries," composers Lubomyr Melnyk and Peter Broderick give an updated take on the "continuous music" style of performance that Melnyk pioneered in the late 1970s and '80s. Stream it all this week.

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Listen: Clint Mansell with Full Band and String Quartet

Saturday, April 06, 2013

On April 4, Q2 Music offered a live audio webcast of the New York City performance debut of English composer Clint Mansell—best known for his scores to the films of Darren Aronofsky—from the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Hear the entire show on demand.

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Helga Davis Escapes from Sharks and Jumps from Cars

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Best for the Worst concludes with its final episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories about . Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.

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Listen: Attacca String Quartet and the String Quartets of John Adams

Thursday, April 04, 2013

On Mar. 26, the Attacca String Quartet presented the quartets of John Adams at (Le) Poisson Rouge, with the composer in attendance. Listen to the full concert on demand.

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The Big Bad Madrigal Throwdown

Thursday, April 04, 2013

What does the word "madrigal" bring to mind for you? Close harmony on charming texts? Italian chromaticism? This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to a handful of living composers offering their own unique stamp on this ancient form.

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Poul Ruders Tempers Dark Narratives with Scandinavian Cool

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Poul Ruders’s diverse body of compositions is tied together by his smooth absorption of many styles and modes. Read a full profile on the Danish composer, featured on this weekend's CONTACT! performance with The New York Philharmonic, and listen to him introduce his music.

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Rocking Hard and Subverting Expectations with Dan Visconti

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

With commissions from the Kronos Quartet and the Minnesota Orchestra and an upcoming Carnegie Hall premiere, composer Dan Visconti is impressively busy. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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New Music from Bowling Green State University

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

On April 3, faculty and graduate students of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University offered an evening of new music at (Le) Poisson Rouge, including selections from alumni Jennifer Higdon and Sebastian Currier. Hear the whole show on demand.

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David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe's Hard-Rocking Oratorio, 'Shelter'

Monday, April 01, 2013

Pillars of new music in New York—David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe—join forces to create Shelter, a single piece of music, with successive movements in their audibly distinct but closely related styles. Stream the entire album this week. 

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Portrait Of The Artist

Monday, April 01, 2013

As a follow-up to our five-day pianist profile series last fall, aptly titled Solid Gould, Hammered! presents a week's worth of hour-long musical portraits of some of the great pianists of the contemporary music world, including performances from the late Charles Rosen.

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On Shelter, Electricity and Polish String Quartets

Monday, April 01, 2013

This week we hear from a new compilation of contemporary Irish electroacoustic music, a recent recording of Penderecki and Lutoslawski and Ensemble Signal's new take on Shelter.

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Helga Davis and When the Worst Could Actually Happen

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Best for the Worst continues with its penultimate episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories of when the worst actually happens. Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 

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Listen: Steven Mackey & Rinde Eckert with Big Farm & JACK Quartet

Friday, March 29, 2013

On Mar. 20, new-music supergroup Big Farm took the stage with the trail-blazing JACK Quartet for the penultimate concert of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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A Kaleidoscopic Array of Colorful Curiosities

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Whether you have full blown synesthesia, or you've just always thought that D Major sounds kind of blue, humans have associated color with music for ages. This week, the Brothers Balliett serve up colorful music from Dalbavie, Torke and Thompson.

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Listen: Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nadia Sirota

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hear Icelandic composer-producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and new-music violist Nadia Sirota as recorded live in concert on Mar. 27 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Attacca Quartet Presents Music for Your Next Car Ride

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Attacca Quartet recently released its debut album of John Adams's complete string quartets with a performance featuring the composer himself. Listen to their Mixtape, featuring the ensembles favorite string quartet listening for long car rides.

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Violist Nadia Sirota Puts the 'Rock' in 'Baroque'

Monday, March 25, 2013

Violist Nadia Sirota’s deeply engrossing new album puts the “rock” in “Baroque” with new works by Nico Muhly, Shara Worden, Daníel Bjarnason and more. Stream the entire album this week only. 

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What's Baroque is New Again

Monday, March 25, 2013

On this week's episode of the New Canon, we sample Labor Records new compilation of Central and Eastern European music that uses graphic notation, percussionist Justin Dehart's solo album "Strange Paths" and our current album of the week: Nadia Sirota's "Baroque."

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