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Saturday, March 03, 2012

On this edition of All Ears, we hear music for the weeks leading up to Spring. Sounds that peek through a fog; sounds that are lights at the end of a wintry tunnel; sounds for hopping over puddles on daily walks. 

You'll hear from the City of Birmingham Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle performing John Adams' Tromba Lontana. Composed in 1986 as a commission for the Houston Symphony, this minimalistic piece evokes liberation into a new life chapter. 

A composition by Eric Whitacre entitled Cloudburst performed by choral ensemble Polyphony take us on a journey using claps, piano and percussion. You can imagine cumulonimbus clouds swirling while voices sing from a minor key and change to a major key. The piece is ostentatious and yet lovely for this phase of season.  

Biography from vocal innovator Meredith Monk and Alan Hovhaness' mysterious Fran Angelico are also on the program.

Join us in welcoming the thaw of March, with varying colors and uncertain weather patterns.

Playlist:

John Adams: Tromba Lontana
City of Birmingham Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Angel/EMI

Gabriel Faure: Nocturne No.13, Op. 119
Kathryn Stott, piano
Chandos

Peteris Vasks: "Cantabile"
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor
Finlandia

Russell Pinkston: TaleSpin
Jade Simmons, piano
E1

Jason Treuting: Go
So Percussion
Cantaloupe

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst
Polyphony
Stephen Layton, conductor
Hyperion

Meredith Monk: Biography
Meredith Monk, vocals
Andrea Goodman, vocals
Monica Solem, vocals
Julius Eastman, vocals
ECM

Valerie Capers: Blues for "The Duke"
African American woman
Maria Corley, piano
Albany

Ann Ronell: Willow Weep for Me
Art Tatum, piano
CBS/Sony

John Adams: eros Piano
Orchestra of St. Luke's
John Adams, conductor
Paul Crossley, piano
Nonesuch

Claude Debussy: "Premiere rapsodie" for clarinet and orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Emma Johnson, clarinet
ASV

Aaron Copland: Quiet City
Orcestra of St. Luke's
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Chris Gekker, trumpet
Stephen Taylor, english horn
Music Masters

Frederic Rzewski: A Life
Frederic Rzewski, piano
Nonesuch

Alan Hovhaness: Fra Angelico
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Hovhaness, conductor
Crystal

Comments [3]

kayk from Morristown, NJ

I am just about to switch off this channel because whatever is being played right now (11:54) is only "music" by the most charitably broad definition of the word. I can't take this any more. *And* I'm paying for this, too. Sigh.

Mar. 03 2012 11:56 PM

I stick my head outside. Mist dances on the bridge of my nose. I inhale the sodden earth. I inhale music from within my room.

Mar. 03 2012 11:27 PM
Alan Garfinkel

"You'll here from the City of Birmingham Orchestra............"??????

Mar. 03 2012 02:19 PM

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