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Get Involved: John Luther Adams's 'Soundwalk 9:09' Opens the Met Breuer

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The sounds you record could make their way into a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams.

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Listen: Four World Premieres from Cone Composition Institute

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Four young composers had their works premiered by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra last summer as a part of the inaugural NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute at Princeton.

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Yotam Haber On Hunger, Migration and the Baroque Doctrine of the Affections

Monday, April 27, 2015

A new album of chamber music from composer Yotam Haber draws on themes of modernist sculpture, Italian Jewish Chant and the Baroque doctrine of the affections.

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Listen: Jennifer Higdon's Viola Concerto with Soloist Roberto Diaz

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Violist Roberto Diaz and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra under Robert Spano perform Jennifer Higdon's "Viola Concerto," a work co-commissioned by the Library of Congress.

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Listen: St. Lawrence String Quartet Goes The Distance for John Adams

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The St. Lawrence String Quartet gives the world premiere performance of John Adams's second String Quartet in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Big, Bad, Heavy and Dark: A 24-Hour Marathon

Friday, April 24, 2015

All day today, Q2 Music counters spring buoyancy with 24 hours of the heaviest, most profound music out there. Hosted by Phil Kline.

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Listen: Premiere of Irving Fine's Two-Piano Transcription

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pianists Oliver Hagen and Daniel Pesca give the world premiere of Irving Fine's "Toccata Concertante" transcribed for two pianos, in this recording from the Library of Congress.   

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Krazy for Kairos

Thursday, April 23, 2015

This week the Brothers Balliett sample music from Austria's Kairos label, including performances of Klaus Lang and Beat Furrer. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Listen: Jefferson Friedman Premiere with Chiara String Quartet and Simone Dinnerstein

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the Chiara String Quartet give the world premiere of Jefferson Friedman's "The Heart Wakes Into" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: George Lewis, Washing Machines and Ensemble Dal Niente

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Members of Ensemble Dal Niente give the world premiere of George Lewis's "The Mangle of Practice" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.  

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Listen: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Premiere Marc Neikrug

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Members of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group give the world premiere performance of Marc Neikrug's "Tiger's Nest" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: World Premiere of Edward T. Cone's Symphony

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Last summer, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presented the premiere of Edward T. Cone's Symphony at Princeton University as part of a project celebrating local composers.

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Martin Scherzinger's Alternative Calculus in 'African Math'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Composer Martin Scherzinger's new record is an enlightened take on the traditional music of Africa – mostly because his music recognizes that it is not African music. Listen all week.

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Listen: Amphion String Quartet Premieres Einojuhani Rautavaara

Monday, April 20, 2015

Amphion String Quartet and Nicolas Altstaedt give the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Variations for Five" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Orchestra 2001 Premiere Chaya Czernowin

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Orchestra 2001 gives the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin's "Slow Summer Stay II: Lakes" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Gregory Walker Premieres His Father George Walker's 'Bleu'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gregory Walker gives the world premiere of "Bleu" for unaccompanied violin by his father, composer George Walker, in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Daniel Hope and Jeffrey Kahane 'Compare Notes' with Nico Muhly

Friday, April 17, 2015

Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane give the world premiere of Nico Muhly's "Compare Notes" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Listen: Cygnus Ensemble Premieres Mario Davidovsky's 'Ladino Songs'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Cygnus Ensemble and soprano Elizabeth Farnum give the world premiere performance of Mario Davidovsky's "Ladino Songs" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Songs of the Earth and Sea

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What do composers Alan Hovhaness, David Maslanka and Beat Furrer havein common? For one thing, they all wrote music inspired by the 'songs' they heard within the sea and the earth.  

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Listen: Max Richter and American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 pm, watch a live video stream of composer Max Richter and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing a sold-out performance at Le Poisson Rouge.

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