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Musical Genetics 101: A Little Goes A Long Way

Monday, October 14, 2013

This week, musical genetics 101. We survey keyboard-centric pieces whose forms are born from the brief but compact strands of musical DNA that begin them. 

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Celebrating Poland: An Overview

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Gene Pritsker

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Whether you're looking for an orchestra made entirely of samples, broken-down Bach, or full-scale hip-hopera, Gene Pritsker is your man. He's orchestrated the Cloud Atlas film and had his music premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic. The Brothers sit down to talk shop with Pritsker Thursday at 3 pm.

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Overheard In New York City

Monday, October 07, 2013

This week on Hammered!, we offer the finest golden nuggets from recent piano performances in and around New York City.

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New York Virtuoso Singers Celebrate 25 Years with 25 Premieres

Friday, October 04, 2013

25 years, 25 composers: the New York Virtuoso Singers are celebrating a quarter century of music-making by commissioning and performing works by over two dozen of today's most celebrated composers. Stream the complete album this week only. 

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Listen Live: Caroline Shaw and ACME

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music streamed the second of two live audio webcasts featuring music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. The concert featured works for strings, including a world premiere. 

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Hit Me in the Bass Clef

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Today at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett delve into the deep end and listen to some of the most exciting music being written today for those stalwarts of the subterranean: the cello and double bass.

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Listen: Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Q2 Music recently streamed the first in a series of two live audio webcasts featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Listen to the concert featuring Shaw in performance with Roomful of Teeth. 

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Omnivorous Listening with John Hollenbeck

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The music of drummer and composer John Hollenbeck omnivorously draws from jazz, post-rock and contemporary classical traditions. It makes sense: he's collaborated with an eclectic roster of musicians. His Mixtape streams Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Adding to the Year of the A Cappella Group with C4's 'Uncaged'

Monday, September 30, 2013

For many, 2013 is the year of the "contemporary a cappella group." Last month, C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective added to this excitement with their debut album, "Uncaged."

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Live: Alarm Will Sound Unveils a Musical 'Permanent Collection'

Monday, September 30, 2013

Friday at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of "The Permanent Collection" – music of Adès, Ligeti, Wagner and Ives performed by the ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

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Curatorial Genius: Revisiting Jeremy Denk's American Mavericks

Monday, September 30, 2013

To honor the pianist and newly-minted MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk, we revisit the programs of his weeklong Hammered! residency from the 2012 American Mavericks Festival.

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Shostakovich and Cerha

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 29 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents the final of its four-part series from the 2013 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Hear the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Friedrich Cerha.

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The Flute. You Know You Love It.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

There's one instrument that you love in secret, behind closed doors, and when you hear the silvery high notes at an orchestra concert, a veritable thrill of delight massages your soul. This week the Brothers Balliett explore everyone's favorite woodwind instrument: the flute.

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The Women Behind Maya Beiser

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor.

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Twenty-First Century Piano Problems

Monday, September 23, 2013

The early modernists had Claude Debussy, the post-war György Ligeti, and the twenty-first century may very well point to the French master Pascal Dusapin as the torchbearer for reinventing the technical capabilities and sonic potential of the piano.

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The Textured, Celestial World of Daniel Bjarnason's 'Over Light Earth'

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason's new album of orchestral music reacts to the art of two abstract expressionist painters with otherworldly soundscapes that draw freely on the sounds of the past and present. Stream it all this week.

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Pablo Heras-Casado Steps in for Injured Pierre Boulez at Lucerne

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday, September 22 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents Pablo Heras-Casada leading this Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of seven milestones of vocal and instrumental modernism. 

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American Quintettery

Thursday, September 19, 2013

For some American composers, the string quartet just isn't going to cut it. This week the Brothers Balliett listen to quintets by two Americans: bassist, composer and MacArthur fellow Edgar Meyer and Pulitzer-prize winner John Harbison.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Donnacha Dennehy, founder of the renowned new-music collective Crash Ensemble, shares his Mixtape, which spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov.

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