Finding the Key

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If someone had the key to your soul, and they were able to unlock that cabinet, what do you think they would find? On this episode of All Ears we explore some self-reflective compositions. We play composers who take a look inside themselves and help us discover something new.

We hear Trevor Pinnock conducting the English Concert in Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for four harpsichords and strings, BWV 1065.  The tinkling of the keys makes us think of a jangling sound just before you open a door. 

Sharon Isbin and Joan Baez sing the traditional folk tune Wayfaring Stranger. It's a song which shows us that everyone is just traveling this world alone. And we begin the show with music by Arvo Part - Mirror in the Mirror, featuring Simon Heram playing saxophone.

Other thoughtful compositions on the program include Myself when I am Real performed by Charles Mingus, as well as the Kronos Quartet performing "Fear" from Astor Piazzolla's the Five Tango Sensations. Finding the right key to unlock the door is a journey, so just take a moment and listen. Hopefully we help you find the right one.



Arvo Part: “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Mirror in the Mirror)

Simon Haram Ensemble

Simon Haram, saxophone

Mirror in the Mirror

Black Box


Angela Brown/Tyron Cooper: City Called Heaven

Angela Brown, soprano

Joseph Joubert, piano

Tyron Cooper, guitar



Traditional: Wayfaring Stranger

Sharon Isbin, guitar

Joan Baez, vocals



Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Four Harpsichords and Strings in A minor, BWV 1065

The English Concert

Trevor Pinnock, conductor

Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord

Kenneth Gilbert, harpsichord

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord

Nicholas Kraemer, harpsichord

Minstrel Man



Charles Mingus: Myself when I am Real

Charles Mingus, piano

Spontaneous compositions and improvisations



Johannes Brahms: Capriccio in f-sharp Op 76/1

Ivo Pogorelich, piano

Deutsche Grammophon


Astor Piazzolla: Five tango Sensations: Fear

Kronos Quartet

Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon



Giya Kanchelo: Night Prayers

Kronos Quartet

Jan Garbarek, saxophone

Vasiko Tevdorashvili



Leos Janacek: Piano Sonata, “1.X.1905”

Andras Schiff, piano



Scott Johnson: How It Happens: Soliloquy

Kronos Quartet

I.F. Stone, speaker



Peter Vasks: Dona nobis pacem

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Paul Hiller, conductor

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Harmonia Mundi


Jason Treuting: Work Slow Life, for percussion, guitars, and electronics.

Grey McMurray, guitar

So Percussion, percussion ensemble

Amid The Noise

Cantaloupe Music