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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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The Bedroom Community of Iceland's Valgeir Sigurðsson

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Composer, producer and founder of Iceland's Bedroom Community record label, Valgeir Sigurðsson has become a lynchpin for Iceland's indie rock and classical scenes. He shares his Mixtape.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 1

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In this, the first part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents a radio primer exploring the life and music of American maverick composer Henry Cowell. This show begins with a discussion of Cowell's ultramodern, experimental forays into composition for piano and how he became Charles Ives's first publisher.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Q2 Music presents the radio complement to author Joel Sachs's landmark Henry Cowell biography, Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music. Hear about this pioneering American composer and advocate for non-Western music.

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The Metropolis Ensemble Presents Youth Works

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On May 19, 2012, The Metropolis Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Cyr, presented an entire concert of new compositions from their Youth Works program. Students worked with composers to write pieces inspired by everything from their experience in school to the neighborhoods they call home.

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Valgeir Sigurðsson's 'Architecture of Loss'

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sigurðsson’s latest release, "Architecture of Loss" was conceived as an accompaniment to choreographer Stephen Petronio’s ballet of the same name. The album is at once cinematic and intimate, alternating moments of textural ambiance and intense lyricism.

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