It's About Time

This episode originally aired on April 9, 2011

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

As the Duke Ellington tune states, "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." All Ears couldn't agree more. This week's show is all about timing, so don't be late! Terrance McKnight features works by Sebastian Currier, Philip Glass and others.

The clock begins to tick from the downbeat of Sebastian Currier's Variations on Time and Time Again. In this striking work the flute and piano dance around one another, mimicking the second hand of a clock by playing on alternating beats. The flute adds a special clock-like timber, ticking and tocking with delicate clicking of the keys.

We're later transported to a Javanese island with the Gamelan Son of Lion ensemble, in Miguel Frasconi's Telling Time. Frasconi's manipulation of time allows the soloists to play with and against each other, creating a mystical dialogue between the players. Singer and songwriter Theo Bleckmann tells us his own story of passing time in I Build My Time. Violinist Maxim Vengerov’s impeccable timing and virtuosity takes us to the dance floor in an exuberant, boot slapping rendition of Hungarian Dance No. 7 by Johannes Brahms.

Also this week, music by Edvard Grieg, Carolyn Yarnell, and Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments rounds out the show.

Playlist:

Prelude No.1
Avner Dorman
Eliran Avni, piano
Naxos

Variations on "Time and Time Again"
Sebastian Currier
Paul Lustig Dunkel, flute
Michael Boriskin, piano
Koch

Telling Time

Miguel Frasconi
Gamelan Son Of Lion
Innova

I build my time
Theo Bleckmann
Theo Bleckmann, vocals
Fumio Yasuda, piano
Todd Reynolds, violin
Courtney Orlando, violin
Caleb Burhans, viola
Wendy Sutter, cello
Winter & Winter

Songs and Poems for Solo Cello
Philip Glass
Wendy Sutter, cello
Orange Mountain Music

Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A Major
Johannes Brahms
Vengerov & Virtuosi
Virtuosi
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Vag Papian, piano
Angel/EMI

The Same Sky
Carolyn Yarnell
Kathleen Supove, piano
Koch

Violin Concerto in A, RV 335, "The Cuckoo"
Antonio Vivaldi
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood, conductor
Andrew Manze, violin
London/Decca

Two Elegiac Melodies: "Spring," Op. 34/2
Edvard Grieg
Stockholm Chamber Ensemble
Jan-Olav Wedin, conductor
Gunilla von Bahr, pic./flute
BIS

Spring Essence
Peter Askim
Judith Kellock, soprano
Peter Askim, double bass
Albany

Spring Fleets Fast  Op 13/4

Jean Sibelius
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Phyllis Curtin, soprano
NY Philharmonic

Stolen Moments
Oliver Nelson
Ken Schaphorst Big Band
Ken Schaphorst, conductor
Josh Roseman, trombone
John Medeski, piano
JCA Recordings

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