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Music For The Uncommon Mind

Monday, May 20, 2013

With all the richness, and pianistic splendor of last week behind us, the only suitable response involves music of clarity and sparseness. This week on the program we're balancing Aimard's high note-per-second repertoire with meditative, slow-moving, and delicate repertoire in conjunction with our Spring Fund Drive.

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What's in a Year: 1913

Monday, May 20, 2013

As we approach the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring’s premiere, I’ve been thinking about what a time it was, how, as the world teetered on the brink of political and military disaster, revolutionary change was imminent in all the arts.

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Claire Chase, Sybarite5 and Momenta Quartet at Look & Listen Festival

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This final concert of the 2013 Look & Listen Festival boasted the talents of Claire Chase, Svet Stoyanov, Phyllis Chen, Cuddle Magic, Sybarite5, and the Momenta Quartet. Stream show audio on demand.

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Ireland's Explosive Crash Ensemble Returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 17, Ireland-based Crash Ensemble returns to New York City to perform a concert with guest Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall. Composer and artistic director Donnacha Dennehy took time out to answer some questions about the ensemble.

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JACK Quartet and The M6 Open the 2013 Look & Listen Festival

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 17, the 2013 Look & Listen Festival kicked off with performances by the JACK Quartet, the cello-piano duo of Nick Canellakis and Michael Brown and the a cappella group The M6. Stream the complete show on demand.

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Outright Blinged-Out New Music from The Brothers

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What is the blingiest thing going on in new music? This week, The Brothers take an opportunity to look at some of the most glittering, exciting, unusual, and outright blinged-out music on the market. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Listen: International Contemporary Ensemble Premieres Julio Estrada

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On May 16 at Miller Theatre, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Third Coast Percussion presented the music of Mexico City-born composer Julio Estrada, including the world premiere of a Miller Theatre commission. Hear the whole show.

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Eighth Blackbird's Rough-and-Ready Free-for-All

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird keeps a busy concert schedule, including premieres from Aaron Jay Kernis, Bryce Dessner and Steve Mackey in 2013 alone. Listen to their "free-for-all" Mixtape.

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On-Demand Video: An Evening with Nico Muhly and Two Boys

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On May 14, Q2 Music and NPR Music presented a live video webcast previewing the American debut of composer Nico Muhly's opera Two Boys. The evening also included performances by songwriter Sam Amidon, violist Nadia Sirota and violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun. Watch the whole show.

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Rite of Spring Fever: A Q2 Music Centennial Marathon

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, May 29, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the infamous premiere of The Rite of Spring, Q2 Music presents Rite of Spring Fever—a 24-hour marathon of contrasting interpretations of Stravinsky's masterpiece.

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Your First Time and Subsequent Obsession with The Rite of Spring

Monday, May 13, 2013

Composer Phil Kline has thought about The Rite of Spring "at least once every day since he first heard it at the age of four." When did you first hear it? What did you think? Do you have a favorite version? Let us know.

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Distant Proximity

Monday, May 13, 2013

This week’s episode of The New Canon features Wolfgang Rihm’s musical meditations on the symphonies of Brahms, and electro-acoustic music from Ireland and Denmark.

 

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The Rite of Spring Goes Solo

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, pianist Vicky Chow celebrated the centennial of the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a live performance from The Greene Space. Watch the full event.

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Discover Ireland's Electronic and Electroacoustic Music

Monday, May 13, 2013

"On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics" offers a compelling glimpse into two strands of modern Irish music. Stream the full compilation this week.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

Monday, May 13, 2013

Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!

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The Electric Guitar Show

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The electric guitar: symbol of rebellion, youth, and danger or legitimate color to be used in serious composition? Perhaps it's both. The Brothers Balliett takes a critical look at the myriad uses of this hundred-year-old instrument.

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Mark Dancigers with Music that Moves

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Composer and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers is Artistic Director of the New York-based NOW Ensemble, for whom he's composed numerous chamber works. His Mixtape includes music by Paul Lansky, Jan Gabarek as well as fellow composer-guitarist Steven Mackey. Listen at 3 pm.

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Gavin Bryars's Underground Sanctuaries of Ambient Sound

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

English composer and bassist has achieved sonically rich musical results in works like The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Read an appreciation of the composer's work.

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Share Your Favorite Q2 Music Discoveries

Monday, May 06, 2013

Help program Q2 Music's upcoming pledge drive by calling in with favorite pieces/composers discovered while streaming Q2 Music. Your message and selections will then be played beginning Wednesday, May 14. 

The Brutal, Unprecedented Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

Monday, May 06, 2013

Years after her death, the West is still discovering "Shostakovich student Galina Ustvolskaya." Sample her relentless, mysterious sound with Ivan Sokolov's recording of her complete piano music.

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