Music for a Watershed Moment

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In the days following the death of Osama bin Laden, the American people experienced a mix of emotions, from a sense of unity and solidarity to joy and celebration to sober reflection. Music, like few other art forms, can capture this emotional complexity. This week's show features a series of works that reflect on questions of good and evil in contemporary life.

Highlights include Totentanz (Death Dance) and Three Heavens Three Hells by Meredith Monk, David Lang's For Love is Strong, Arvo Pärt's Prayer, Vulcano's Piano Death Theme and more.


At the River
Charles Ives
Theo Bleckmann, voice, live electronics; Kneebody
Winter & Winter


Richard Crandell
Richard Crandell, mbira; Cyro Baptista, percussion


Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk and vocal ensemble

All-Night Vigil Op.37: Blessed is the man

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Paul Hillier
Harmonia Mundi

As Sleep Befell

Paola Prestini
Visiontoart Ensemble

The Reader: It's Not Just About You

Nico Muhly
studio orchestra
Nico Muhly, conductor

Oboe Serenade

Stephen Perillo
Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg
Yuval Waldman, conductor

Evil Shall Not Prevail

Wallingford Riegger
The Morehouse College Glee Club
Behold! Brethren In Unity (Volume 15)
Morehouse College

Kanon Pokajanen: Prayer

Arvo Part
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tonu Kaljuste, conductor

Love is the Thing

Ned Washington, Victor Young
Hazel Scott, piano

Piano Death Theme

Giancarlo Vulcano
Giancarlo Vulcano, guitar; Yvonne Troxler, piano; Enid Blout, clarinet

Three Heavens and Hells

Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk, vocals; Allison Easter, vocals; Dina Emerson, vocals; Katie Geissinger, vocals

Totentanz, S. 126
Franz Liszt
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Krystian Zimerman, piano
Deutsche Grammophon

The Garden of Love

Jacob Ter Veldhuis (Jacob TV)
Irma Kort, oboe

For Love Is Strong

David Lang
Theatre of Voices/Ars Nova Copenhagen
Paul Hillier, director
Harmonia Mundi