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Recently in Q2 Music

Paul Moravec’s Dramatic Flair Prevails in Intensely Lyrical Violin Concerto

Monday, March 07, 2016

New recordings of Paul Moravec's recently-revised Violin Concerto and Shakuhachi Quintet illustrate the composer's gift for intense lyricism.

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Listen Live: Nadia Sirota Premieres Dennehy’s ‘Tessellatum’

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Hear violist Nadia Sirota give the premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's "Tessellatum" - a 40-minute work with solo viola and viol consort.

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Let's All Reconsider the Organ as a New Music Instrument

Thursday, March 03, 2016

What do American composer David Brynjar Franzson, Romanian-German educator Adriana Holszky, and accordion virtuoso Teodori Anzelotti have in common? The Brothers Balliett know.

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Download: John Luther Adams's Crowd-Sourced 'Soundwalk 9:09'

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Last summer, Q2 Music collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to crowd-source found sounds for a commission by John Luther Adams. You can download that piece today.

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Glenn Kotche's Sketches of Time, Place and Quiet Virtuosity

Friday, February 26, 2016

On "Drumkit Quartets," Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche created a travel diary which doubles as a set of drum etudes, inspired and sonically colored by European and American cities.

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New Adventures in Grand Piano Literature

Thursday, February 25, 2016

This week the Brothers Balliett take a look at two composers with....well...let's say "unusual" approaches to piano composition. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Lights, Camera, Music! A Pre-Oscars Listening Party

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 28, Q2 Music presents Lights, Camera, Music!, a 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of innovative and new-music inflected film scores.

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Christopher Cerrone's 'High Windows' Finds an Elusive Balance

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Christopher Cerrone’s music strikes that elusive balance between intense emotion and meticulous craft, and combines ornamental dissonance with luminous triadic harmony.

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On-Demand: Ensemble Intercontemporain Unleashes Hannah Lash and Matthias Pintscher

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Listen to Ensemble Intercontemporain's performance of new works by Hannah Lash and Matthias Pintscher, recorded live in concert at the Library of Congress on Nov. 13, 2015.

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Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen Surge Forward with 'On the Nature of Thingness'

Monday, February 22, 2016

On the International Contemporary Ensemble's new album, Nathan Davis, Phyllis Chen and their ICE colleagues manage to be as satisfying to the intellect as they are exciting to the ear.

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In-Studio: Marc-André Hamelin and the Composer-Pianist Tradition

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin stopped by the WQXR studios to perform his "Pavane Variée" and George Gershwin's "Liza," arranged by Earl Wild. Watch his performance on-demand.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winner Steven Stucky Has Died

Monday, February 15, 2016

Leading American composer Steven Stucky, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Music, died Feb. 14 at the age of 66.

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From the Elemental to the Incalculable in Lisa Moore's 'The Stone People'

Monday, February 15, 2016

What all the pieces in Lisa Moore's latest album have in common is the use of simple, even elemental materials to gesture at something awe-inspiringly vast. Listen all week.

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Watch: Sō Percussion Plays Glenn Kotche Piece from Brooklyn Navy Yard

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We visited Sō Percussion's Brooklyn studio to film the quartet perform Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche's 'Drumkit Quartets.'

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Edgard Varèse: Another Cutting-Edge Composer Over 130

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Every now and then it occurs to me: Edgard Varèse! Such explosive sounds, like forces of nature, with as much visionary energy as ever existed in one composer... and hair to match!

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Listen: Composer-Pianist Rachel Grimes and Longleash Piano Trio

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live stream of composer-pianist Rachel Grimes with the piano trio Longleash from Merkin Concert Hall.

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Download: John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti's Piano Sonatas

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer hears complement.

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On-Demand: Rapper Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Rapper and singer Pharoahe Monch joined forces with PitchBlak Brass Band at Merkin Concert Hall on Feb. 4 as part of this year's Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show now.

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On-Demand: WindSync Premieres Paul Lansky's 'The Long and Short of It'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Listen to the world premiere of Paul Lansky's quintet 'The Long and Short of It' as performed live on Oct. 24, 2015 at the Library of Congress by WindSync.

Third Coast Percussion Offers Empathetic 'Steve Reich'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Third Coast Percussion’s ability to gently manipulate time, as heard on their new Steve Reich album, translates to a listening experience that is both buoyant and penetrating.

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