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Recently in Q2 Music

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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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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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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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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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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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.

Philip Glass on David Bowie and Trekking Across Central Asia

Monday, February 08, 2016

Philip Glass returns as curator for the 26th annual Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall. He stopped by the studio to talk spiritual awakenings and performing with David Bowie.

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Listen Live: Bang on a Can Perform Shaw, Shouwang

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Feb. 6, the Bang on a Can All-Stars presented world premieres of music by Caroline Shaw and Zhang Shouwang alongside performances of Ornette Coleman and Julia Wolfe.

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Post-Minimal Jams

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A few weeks ago we looked at early Philip Glass – music that exemplified what came to be called minimalism. Today: two composers that spun off the genre in their own distinct ways.

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Gabriel Kahane Mines Loss and Modern Life in 'The Fiction Issue'

Monday, February 01, 2016

On his new chamber music release, "The Fiction Issue," Gabriel Kahane focuses on building a sense of place with the scraps of modern life rather than the locations from which they came.

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On-Demand: Boston's 'Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie'

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented MIT Music and Theater Art's "Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie" with a special live webcast from MIT's prestigious Kresge Auditorium. 

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