Dreadful and Precious Memories: A Thin Line

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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 explores old compositions through the lens of contemporary 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 vocalist Bobby McFerrin in an enchanting performance of Tchaikovsky's 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 more.

Playlist:

Satie Blues
Toby Twining
Margaret Leng Tan, piano and toy piano
Margaret Leng Tan
Point

Preludes: Book I: "La cathedrale engoutie" (The sunken cathedral)
Claude Debussy/Jacques Loussier
Jacques Loussier Trio
Telarc

Andante cantabile in D, Op. 11/1
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Bobby McFerrin, conductor
Bobby McFerrin, voice, etc
CBS/Sony

Andante cantabile in D, Op. 11/1
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Deutsche Grammophon

Cloudbank
Mark Dancigers
NOW Ensemble
New Amsterdam

The Only Tune
Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly, keyboards, percussion
Sam Amidon, vocal, banjo, guitar
Nadio Sirota, viola
Ben Frost, bass programming
Monika Abendroth, harp
Bedroom Community

Uncommon Ritual
Edgar Meyer
Edgar Meyer, double bass
Bela Fleck, banjo
Mike Marshall, mandolin
CBS/Sony

Modd Indigo
Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Barney Bigard
Uncredited Orchestra
Ronnie Munro, conductor
Pual Robeson, bass-baritone
Angel/EMI

Dreadful Memories
Frederic Rzewski
Frederic Rzewski, piano
Nonesuch

Precious Memories
J.B.F. Wright
Norsalus McKissick
Shanachie

Impromptu No. 4 in F, Op. 142 D. 935
Franz Schubert
Radu Lupu, piano
London/Decca

Days and Nights in Rocinha
Philip Glass
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Orange Mountain Music

First Concerto for Flute and Percussion
Lou Harrison
New World

Talking Drums
Joshua Uzoigwe
William Chapman Nyaho, piano
MSR

Comments [7]

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Mar. 29 2012 02:41 AM
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Many people are still searching or hoping that there's a fountain of youth out there that's why experts from the world of science and technology have introduced face lift surgery. Although this medical procedure will not stop people from getting old, it will really help in delaying the physical signs of aging namely: wrinkles, facial lines and sagging or drooping skin. This advancement in cosmetic surgery has helped a lot of people, especially celebrities, gain back their once youthful looks and stop their fears about aging.

Mar. 29 2012 02:39 AM
Body memories

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Mar. 28 2012 04:53 AM
Donna from NYC

Every piece you've played has been wonderful, but the Bobby McFerrin piece was really special. I'm always exposed to the new and creative whenever I listen to your show. Thank you!

Feb. 18 2012 11:43 PM
Peter Feldman from New York City

Days and Nights in Rocinha by Philip Glass would be good if it did not have so repetitive and boring accompaniment. This composer does not have any knowledge how to create an active and varied music, reminds of Bolero by Ravel but it is not so successful. after a while i had to turn the radio off because there was nit any hope of improvement, Bolero by Ravel is more exciting and the music becomes more interesting, the music by Glass does not.

Feb. 18 2012 11:42 PM
Priscilla from Brooklyn

Loving your show, Terrance! Thank you.

Feb. 18 2012 11:30 PM
Beth from Lancaster, Pa.

as always, amazing show!

Feb. 18 2012 10:28 PM

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