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Group Dynamics

Monday, May 14, 2012

This week on Hammered! we explore the mountains of chamber music that includes piano(s), or, otherwise put, music for piano+. Hear music from Thomas Ades, Ezequiel Vinao, Benjamin Broening and many more. 

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Everything Old is New Again with Rued Langgaard, Erik Chisholm and more

Monday, May 14, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we take an in-depth look at our Album of the Week, the first volume of Danish composer Rued Langgaard's string quartets courtesy of the Nightingale String Quartet for Dacapo Records.

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MATA Festival: JACK Quartet and Quartet New Generation

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The opening evening of the 2012 MATA Festival brought together New York's JACK Quartet with Germany's Quartet New Generation to kick off a three night run of world premieres. Listen to the concert here.

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Julia Holter: Music to Hear Now

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Los Angeles-based experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter, whose recent album Ekstasis is itself as much "new music" as it is "indie rock."

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The Natural and Supernatural Collide in John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs

Monday, May 07, 2012

A new recording of John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs is a breath of life into a work considered seminal for its spontaneous performance instructions and strict adherence to birdcalls. Stream the entire album here.

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New Music from John Luther Adams, Cornelius Dufallo and Wolfgang Rihm

Monday, May 07, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we spin our Album of the Week, John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs, in its entirety, along with newly minted material from Rihm, Dufallo and more. 

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Lousy With Microtones

Monday, May 07, 2012

Yep, it’s that time again! Time to explore the placed between notes, the tunings that have existed on earth before we even existed, the non-Western-oriented, and the just plain weird. This week, my show will be lousy with microtones!

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Family Trees

Monday, May 07, 2012

Did you know that Stephen Sondheim was a pupil of Milton Babbitt? Or that Cage studied with Schoenberg? This week we tease out the often unexpected musical relationships between some of the last century's greatest pedagogues and their students.

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The Sinking of the Titanic at 100 Years

Thursday, May 03, 2012

On April 15, 2012, the centennial of the Titanic's ill-fated voyage from Southampton to New York City, Ensemble LPR offered a commemorative concert at Le Poisson Rouge of Gavin Bryars's sprawling 1969 work The Sinking of the Titanic.

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Ross Simonini: Music that Defines and Undefines "New Composition"

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling. This week's mixtape comes courtesy of Ross Simonini, interviews editor for The Believer magazine and member of the band NewVillager.

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The Deceptive Simplicity and Totalism of David Lang

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In recent decades, American composer David Lang has been best known as a founding member of the Bang On A Can collective – something of an activist-spirited composer/performer/educator outfit based in New York.

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On Language

Monday, April 30, 2012

One of the more provocative concepts introduced to me by a music teacher in my youth had to do with the Hungarian language and accent patterns in the music of Bartok. This week we consider whether a composer's spoken language affects his/her musical language.

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Returning To The Source

Monday, April 30, 2012

Without question Arnold Schoenberg is one of the great composers of the twentieth century. Many would argue, in fact, that musical modernism began with his music. This week on Hammered! we hear the composer's five incomparable piano works alongside the music of composers he may -- or may not -- have impacted.  

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Chorally Fixated on Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre

Monday, April 30, 2012

This week, the New Canon gets vocal with new choral works by Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott, plus a stunning menagerie of pieces by Arvo Pärt via our Album of the Week.

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Jacob Cooper Finds Grace in Diaphanous Slow Motion

Saturday, April 28, 2012

There's hardly a DJ alive who hasn't slowed a vocal down, or sped it up, to fit another beat, while keeping it in the same key. This landscape is the place where composer Jacob Cooper calls home.

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The Secret Chords that Arvo Pärt Plays to Please Someone (if Not the Lord)

Friday, April 27, 2012

With a relationship that extends beyond artistic collaboration and goes firmly into friendship, each Paul Hillier and Arvo Pärt recording is a reason to let out a praise-worthy “hallelujah,” even if such ebullient exclamations are anathema to Pärt’s Baltic brand of introspectively limned melodic lines.

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Peter Broderick Spins Arvo Pärt, Brian Eno and More

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to curate an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling or that exemplifies the shifting boundaries of today's musical climate. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Berlin-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick.

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The More-than-Bearable Heaviness of Ethel

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ethel last went into the studio for its 2006 Light, and while the fearless foursome has since been heard on discs like Oshtali, a collection of new works by Chickasaw student composers, it took them six years to return with their next solo album, the complementary Heavy.

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From Massive to Miniscule

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week we'll make our way through some stunning organ works, focusing on its ability to produce sounds massive and miniscule. There will be Messiaen, obviously, but also David Lang and Nico Muhly and a ton of surprises. Tune in and crank up the subs for the earth-shaking organ!

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Two's Company: Piano Pairings

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week's programmatic sorbet on Hammered features unlikely pairings: Bach and Rzewski, Beethoven and Ligeti. Find out what these jarring relationships say about the music at hand.

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