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Just Because It's Tonal Doesn't Mean It's Bad

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to modern masterworks in which every note claims a clearly-defined role within the guidelines of tonality.

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Pianist Commissions 10 Composers to Redefine 'American Vernacular'

Monday, January 13, 2014

For "American Vernacular," pianist Nicholas Phillips commissioned ten composers to each to write a piece inspired by their respective experiences of America. Stream the album all this week.

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Music For A Polar Vortex Evening

Monday, January 13, 2014

Despite the bizarrely high likelihood this week of NYC's "Polar Vortex" turning unseasonably spring-like, we're nevertheless hunkering down with wintery landscape pieces for piano and percussion, anchored by the The Adams From The North, Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.

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The Harpsichord Show

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to one an oft-misunderstood instrument: the harpischord. Listen at 3 pm for performances by 17th century composer Froberger, songstress ...

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Jennifer Higdon on Finding her Opera Voice

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon has had her music performed by many top orchestras and soloists. Her Mixtape alternates American spirituals with the music of Maria Schneider, Kenji Bunch and more.

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On-Demand Audio: Hilliard Ensemble's Farewell to New York Audiences

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hear one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, on Q2 Music. The program is part of the Hilliard's farewell tour, as the group will disband in late 2014.

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, January 06, 2014

This week on Hammered! we dive deep into the music of the spectral school, exploring the sounds of Tristan Murail, Gerard Grisey, Claude Vivier and more alongside bits of "proto-spect...

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Lansky's 'Notes to Self': An Electronic Music Pioneer Goes Unplugged

Friday, January 03, 2014

The Princeton-based electronic music pioneer Paul Lansky describes the pieces on his new album as "later-in-life adventures in music that needs no electricity." Hear why on our exclusive album stream.

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On-Demand Audio: Pekka Kuusisto and Nico Muhly Duo

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Last January, composer-pianist Nico Muhly joined Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto for a show featuring music by Glass, Pärt, Bach and Muhly himself. Hear the entire show on demand.

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The Brothers Balliett Best of 2013 Rundown

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Today at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett take a look at some of their favorite releases from 2013, including music from Bang on a Can, International Contemporary Ensemble's Rebekah Heller, David Fulmer and more.

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Results of Q2 Music's Third Annual New-Music Countdown

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Q2 Music presents the results of the third annual New-Music Countdown: the 100 best classical pieces of the last 100 years as chosen by our listeners. View the complete results.

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Announcing 24-Hour Marathons on the 24ths of 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

In 2014, Q2 Music will stream 24-hour marathons on every 24th of the month. On Jan. 24, enjoy an all-day journey into the best recordings from 2013. 

New York, Mid-Winter with Laurie Spiegel

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Since the reissue of her seminal 1980 debut album "The Expanding Universe," computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel has enjoyed a resurgence of attention. She offers music for the season on this week's Mixtape.

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Mark-Anthony Turnage's Symphonic Meditation on Hope and Hopelessness

Monday, December 30, 2013

Mark-Anthony Turnage's music is best known for its provocative clashes. But a new recording by the London Symphony Orchestra may surprise listeners with its emotional directness. Stream the album all this week.

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Timing Is Everything

Monday, December 30, 2013

One cycle ends, another begins, ushering in new priorities, new methods of organization, and probably a renewed gym membership. This week on Hammered! we honor this most momentous of metronome clicks with piano music that uniquely addresses the question of time and the temporal.

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Download: Stars of the Lid with the Wordless Music Orchestra

Monday, December 30, 2013

On Tues, Dec. 17, Q2 Music recorded the Texas-founded, experimental ambient duo Stars of the Lid and the Wordless Music Orchestra for a collaborative concert of intricate, drone-heavy...

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Eight Artists Remix Caroline Shaw

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Each Wednesday for eight weeks, New Amsterdam features a new remix of Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita. The remixes will appear exclusively on Q2 Music. This week's feat...

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Music for Staring at the Fire

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Special for the holiday season, this week The Brothers Balliett offer music designed to accompany the obligatory fire-staring that is so much a part of this time of year. This music i...

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Music to Leave this World with John Luther Adams

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The music of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams seethes with the serenity and savage violence of his Alaskan home. Listen to his Mixtape.

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Ancient Estonian Vocal Music Gets an Addictive Fresh Makeover

Monday, December 23, 2013

Give your ears a Christmas gift this week with the hypnotizing beauty that is "Songs of Olden Times: Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs" from Estonian vocal group Heinavanker. Stream...

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