Dreadful and Precious Memories - A Thin Line

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Debussy once said, "I love music, passionately, and because I love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it." In keeping with that sentiment, this week's All Ears with Terrance McKnight frees classical music from the often narrow archetype. Revisit old compositions and learn how these memorable styles influence today's artists.  

Toby Twining's Satie Blues for piano and toy piano serves as the prelude to our evening of exploration. Twining’s hallucinatory writing dances between a blues tune, and perhaps a nursery tune gone bad. Jacques Loussier exemplifies Debussy's progressive attitude on tradition in his colorful transcription of the composer's "La cathedrale engloutie" (The Sunken Cathedral). Speaking of colorful transcriptions, we hear the untouchable vocalist Bobby McFerrin in an enchanting performance of Tchaikovsky's exquiste Andante Cantabile for Cello and Strings.

This week’s trip down memory lane doesn’t stop there. The NOW Ensemble shares their fresh outlook on chamber music in Mark Dancigers’ Cloud Bank, Frederic Rzewski performs his Dreadful Memories for Piano and much more.