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Orli Shaham's Piano Album 'American Grace' Is a Decidedly Family Affair

Monday, March 10, 2014

Steven Mackey's new piano concerto for Orli Shaham is an easy fit with the music of John Adams on the new album "American Grace" from Canary Classics. Stream the entire album in full all this week. 

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Evoking Images with Music

Monday, March 10, 2014

There is a deep descriptive tradition in music, a tradition that embraces art's ability to comment, observe, and depict. Join composer-pianist Conrad Tao this week to hear piano works...

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On-Demand Audio: Ensemble LPR

Friday, March 07, 2014

March 7, Q2 Music streamed a live webcast of LPR's in-house Ensemble LPR, performing the music of Jonny Greenwood, Bryce Dessner and Bela Bartok. Listen to the show on demand. 

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The Brothers Balliett Book of Preludes Vol. 1

Thursday, March 06, 2014

What is a prelude? There are many conceptions and definitions floating around out there, but the Brothers Balliett define it as a short instrumental work that explores one musical con...

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On-Demand Audio: Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Last month, New York City's Mivos Quartet joined poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams for an evening of new solo and collaborative works, including the U.S. premiere of Thomas Kessle...

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Laurel Halo's Tribute to Space, Pause and the Dynamics of Recording

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

New York electronic-music artist Laurel Halo draws from traditions of drone music, Musique concrète and pop. Her Mixtape spans music by Robert Ashley and Toru Takemitsu.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough...

Monday, March 03, 2014

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 inv...

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Lights, Camera, Music! A Film-Music Marathon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Join us all day today for Lights, Camera, Music! – a pre-Oscars, 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of the most innovative and new-music inflected film scores, hosted by WQXR's David Garland.

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Those Italians Just Keep Getting Higher

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Did you ever notice just how high Italian composers write? From Puccini to Scelsi to Berio and everywhere in between, the Italians seem to love the highest range on each instrument, and as Oliver Knussen as pointed out, each generation seems to push the limits a little bit higher.

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Download: Lesley Flanigan and People Get Ready

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February 19, composer-vocalist Lesley Flanigan joined Brooklyn-based performance-art rockers People Get Ready as part of Kaufman Music Center's 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. The eveni...

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Notes from Down Under: Australian Keyboard Music

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pianist and new-music specialist Lisa Moore closes her Hammered! residency with a week of music exploring the thriving contemporary-music scene and pianists of her native Australia. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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Arlene Sierra Explores Darwin, Warfare and Chinese Philosophy

Sunday, February 23, 2014

With "Game of Attrition: Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2," the BBC National Orchestra of Wales spotlights a composer whose works are inspired by nature’s elements, Sun Tzu, game theory, and Charles Darwin.

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Michael Nyman is Awesome

Thursday, February 20, 2014

If you love Michael Nyman, this is your show. If you think you might, this is a great introduction. If you hate his work, this show might turn you around. 

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The Late John Tavener's Eight-Hour, Crowning Achievement

Monday, February 17, 2014

The late British composer Sir John Tavener said that The Veil of the Temple is “the supreme achievement of my life and the most important work that I have ever composed.” Stream it in...

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Players Playback

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pianist and Hammered! guest host Lisa Moore presents a slew of recent live keyboard recordings selected by the players themselves, including Ursula Oppens, Sarah Cahill, Nico Muhly, T...

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Happy President's Day – oh, and Valentine's as well

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ah, the sweet mid-February – a time when love blooms, greeting card companies experience a windfall, and congress is in full swing. Today at 3 pm, join the Brothers Balliett for presi...

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Wilco's Glenn Kotche Spins His Offbeat Influences

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche has composed music for such classical ensembles as Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. His Mixtape shares influences, from minimalism to electronics.

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Spektral Quartet's 'Chambers' Conveys a Vintage Sheen

Monday, February 10, 2014

Listening to "Chambers," the inaugural release from both the Spektral Quartet and their fellow Chicagoans, one could hardly imagine a more promising debut. Stream the full album all this week.

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At Fives, Sixes and Sevens

Monday, February 10, 2014

This week on Hammered! pianist and guest host Lisa Moore explore a range of musical groups in which the piano finds itself. Tune in weekdays at 10 am for piano quintets, piano sextets...

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The Beatles Interventions

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Leonard Bernstein wrote that the songs of the Beatles could easily stand next to those of Schumann and Schubert. The Brothers Balliett spend an hour with new-music Beatles homages.

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