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The Almost Unbearable Heaviness of Viktor Ullmann

Monday, August 20, 2012

As the circumstances of composer Viktor Ullmann's life became more brutal, his music only became lovelier, more polished, and more playful this new recording indicates.

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Mythical Sounds, Historical Figures

Monday, August 20, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we give a listen to new recordings from Magnus Lindberg, Per Norgard, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Bent Lorentzen, and — on our current album of the week — Viktor Ullmann.

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Onwards and Upwards: Two Brand-New Shows

Monday, August 20, 2012

So! The good news is that I'll be hosting two brand-new shows that will debut later this fall. The bad news is this is my last week of regular hosting hours. I'm gonna miss our regular time together each week, but will be back soon in new radio clothes!

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Group Dynamics

Monday, August 20, 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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Five 'Classical' Pieces That Blew Dan Deacon's Mind

Friday, August 17, 2012

Perhaps best known for his "dance music," the classically-trained composer Dan Deacon has written extensively for chamber ensembles, films and orchestra. Here's Dan's Top 5 countdown of favorite classical pieces for Q2 Music.

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B-Hold the B-Sides with Corey Dargel

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

For this week's episode of Mixtapes, Brooklyn-based composer Corey Dargel presents a collection of compositions by a cross-section of contemporary composers that are either out of print or have never been commercially released.

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The Misfit Pop Art of JacobTV

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jacob ter Veldhuis, the Dutch composer better known as JacobTV, comes as close to pop art as classical music is ever likely to get. Borrowing the "speech-melody" technique of Scott Johnson and Steve Reich, he loops sampled conversation to form the basis for his music.

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The Pleasure (Notes From the Road)

Monday, August 13, 2012

When faced with a particularly lovely set of circumstances, say an amazing meal in an amazing place, a close friend of mine is wont to exclaim, "I have The Pleasure. " This is a pleasure not in transition, it's an instant, almost a location of total contentedness. Sometimes you are able to kind of back up and notice loveliness.

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Family Trees

Monday, August 13, 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 Epic and the Intimate

Monday, August 13, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we get up close and personal with Cornelius Dufallo's "Journaling," our current Q2 Music Album of the Week, and with new recordings of music by Ernst Krenek, Helmut Lachenmann, Poul Ruders and more. 

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Cornelius Dufallo: 'Journaling'

Monday, August 13, 2012

Seth Colter Walls reviews Cornelius Dufallo's release Journaling for Q2 Music. Stream the whole record in our online preview all week.

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Bruce Brubaker's Choice of the Unexpected

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

On Wednesday at 3 pm, new-music pianist Bruce Brubaker offers an hour of music ranging from Meredith Monk to Missy Mazzoli to Django Reinhardt's Quintette du Hot Club de France.

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The Propulsive Post-Minimalism of Michael Torke

Monday, August 06, 2012

A decade or two before post-minimalism became the lingua franca of emerging American composers, the young Michael Torke was already building his career on it. Learn more about Torke and listen to the composer himself introduce many of his key works. 

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A Few Irrelevant Questions

Monday, August 06, 2012

Last week we talked a little about jockishness in music, while sort of casually mentioning beauty. Maybe this topic is too nuts/obvious/irksome, but what are the categorical elements of composition? In addition to the sports of performing difficult material and gut-wrenching beauty, what are the constituents of a plush musical idea?

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The Humanity of Pärt's 'Pilgrim's Song'

Monday, August 06, 2012

Listen to the new all-Pärt disc by Estonia's Voces Musicales all this week. Selections range from Sol LeWitt–like spareness of Summa to the sweetness and pathos of Magnificat to the darker, denser textures of the title track.

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Returning To The Source

Monday, August 06, 2012

This week on Hammered! we hear Schoenberg's five incomparable piano works alongside the music of composers he may – or may not – have impacted.

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Estonian Echoes and Visual Sounds

Monday, August 06, 2012

This week on The New Canon, catch some breezes from Estonia with new recordings by native bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann and composer Arvo Pärt. The latter's new album, Pilgrim's Song, is this week's Q2 Music Album of the Week.

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Ingram Marshall: Quiet Music for a New England Summer

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The composer Ingram Marshall writes otherworldly soundscapes that defy easy categorization and often incorporate elements of Indonesian Gamelan. Listen to his Mixtape on Thursday at 7 pm.

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Participate: Phil Kline's dreamcitynine

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tonight at 6:30 pm, Q2 Music joins forces with 60 percussionists arrayed around Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza for a live performance of dreamcitynine.

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Stainless Staining: The Music of Donnacha Dennehy

Monday, July 30, 2012

The final entry of pianist Lisa Moore’s three-part EP series may be its most listenable. Featuring the music of Donnacha Dennehy, it offers Moore the opportunity to display every angle of her versatile chops.

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