Dreadful and Precious Memories - A Thin Line

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

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.

Comments [2]

Right now at 11:40pm, I'm listening to something that sounds really incredible - it has built nicely and now sounds like it's mellowing into conclusion. Would love to find out more about the piece. Is there a playlist somewhere for Mr. McKnight's shows? I've tried to find it, but must be link-challenged because I just can't track it down! Little help?


Aug. 27 2011 11:44 PM
Sandra Fioravante from Staten Island, NY

I am a long time listener - Mr. McKnight, I especially never miss your "All Ears". Thank you so much for including Paul Robeson. I was one of the lucky ones who discovered him early on - I do hope one young person was turning the radio dial tonight and heard Mr. Robeson - I'm sure he or she listened and was moved!
May I mention that my "Chloe doggie", who
passed on January 2009, listened all day,
every day. She was extreamly intellegent
and I know she really loved listening.

Aug. 27 2011 11:28 PM

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