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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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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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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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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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The Brothers Balliett Tackle Franz Schubert

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The influence of Franz Schubert is all over the music of everyone from Gustav Mahler to David Lang. This week's episode explores the wide-ranging tributes to the composer that have appeared in the past few decades, including works by Woolf and Berio.

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The Ingenuity of Lei Liang's Delicate Musical Dramas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Stephen Drury's Callithumpian Consort, pipa star Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet make a powerful case for Lei Liang, a composer whose music marries features of the European avant-garde to his Chinese heritage.

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The Technicolor Music of Olivier Messiaen

Monday, December 24, 2012

It has become a sort of holiday tradition on Hammered! to indulge in Olivier Messiaen's two-hour holiday season epic Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus. Tune in at 10 AM this week for four movements per day of this twenty movement Q2 Music Holiday Classic.

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A Ceremony of Carols

Monday, December 24, 2012

This week's episode of The New Canon features new recordings of music by Benjamin Britten, Edison Denisov and Lei Liang, whose latest disc marrying Chinese and European modernist traditions is our album of the week. Listen to the show on demand.

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Listen: David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last December, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of the choral ensemble The Crossing from the Met Museum, in a program that featured David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion.

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On-Demand Audio: Mantra Percussion Performs Michael Gordon's Timber

Friday, December 21, 2012

Q2 Music presents an archived, on-demand stream of Michael Gordon's epic, percussion sextet Timber for six amplified 2x4s, performed by Mantra Percussion and recorded live in concert on Dec. 15 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Fishman Space.

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A Wintery Listening Session

Thursday, December 20, 2012

This week the Brothers Balliett offer up some bright, sparkling pieces appropriate for a bright, cold December afternoon. Beginning with the bustling New York soundscape of Bertolozzi's Bridge Music, you'll also hear Luigi Dallapiccola's homage to Tartini, a stunning flute concerto by Kaija Saariaho, and a few winter classics performed by the incomparable horn quartet Genghis Barbie.

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Watch: Max Richter, Daniel Hope and Ensemble LPR

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio stream of violinist Daniel Hope and Ensemble LPR in performance of Max Richter's acclaimed deconstruction of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

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Transcendent Music with Paul Lansky

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In addition to his landmark work in computer music, the composer Paul Lansky has worked with So Percussion, David Starobin and the Brentano String Quartet. Listen to his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: JACK Quartet's 'Modern Medieval'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In this broadcast from the Met Museum, New York's JACK Quartet plays arrangements of medieval music along with quiet, spacious contemporary pieces, including two world premieres.

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Reinventing Music: 1910-1925

Monday, December 17, 2012

Q2 Music has been invited to curate a dynamic, innovative sound chamber as part of The Museum of Modern Art’s multidisciplinary exhibition examining the rise of abstract art, Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925. Stream the complete playlist on-demand. 

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Portrait Of The Artist

Monday, December 17, 2012

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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New Retrospectives of Knussen, Ligeti, Part and Nancarrow

Monday, December 17, 2012

This week's episode of the New Canon features new recordings of works by Oliver Knussen, György Ligeti and Arvo Pärt (on Deutsche Grammophon's new 20C series) as well as previously unheard selections by Conlon Nancarrow.

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Unsilent Night 2012: On foot and Online

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This year you can participate in the moving sound sculpture that is Phil Kline's Unsilent Night by simply streaming Q2 Music. The electronic caroling party begins Saturday at 7 pm.

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Oliver Knussen Strikes Cadences of Memorial and Elegy

Friday, December 14, 2012

Oliver Knussen’s recently released album of eight short works that have never been recorded before is swathed in the cadences of memorial and elegy. Stream the entire album in full for this week only.

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On-Demand Audio: Christopher Taylor Plays Messiaen

Friday, December 14, 2012

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Medieval Sculpture Hall, powerhouse pianist Christopher Taylor delivers a cogent account of Olivier Messiaen's complete Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.

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