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Saturday, July 07, 2012

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This weekend, we explore the sound spectrum of New York City. We look through compositions as we do prisms, and hear colorful experiences on display.

Dawn Upshaw is featured twice on the show. Her lilting voice appears in Osvaldo Golijov's Three Songs, and then again with the Kronos Quartet singing a composition called Lacrymosa, by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, an Uzbek member of the Silk Road Ensemble.

Although much of the music on this episode is not American per se, many of these composers and artists have performed here in the city. And many of these cultures exist right here. Another composer featured on the program is Henry Cowell who is very comfortable weaving into his compositions the sounds that he experienced here in New York. We listen to his Persian Set with Richard Auldon conducting the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. 

Other selections include Marc Mellits's Lefty’s Elegy, Philip Glass’ Safe Journey and John Dowland's Lachrimae coactae Pavan, played by Fretwork. We end the program with Quartet San Francisco performing Irving Mills and Duke Ellington's The Mooche

 

Playlist:

Kifu Mitsuhashi: Yamato-Joshi

Kifu Mitsuhashi, shakuhachi

Celestial Harmonies

Shakuhachi Purchase

 

Philip Glass: Safe Journey

English Chamber Orchestra, Michael Riesman; Conductor

Orange Mountain Music

Safe Journey; Single

 

Marc Mellits: Lefty’s Elegy

Mellits Consort; Cristina Buciu, violin; Elizabeth Simkin, cello; Danny Tunnik, marimba; Dominic Frasca, guitar; Marc Mellits, keyboard.

Black Box

Lefty's Elegy

 

Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky: Lacrymosa

Kronos Quartet; Dawn Upshaw, Soprano

Nonesuch

Lacrymosa (Album)

 

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concierto

New York Philarmonic; John Serebrier, conductor; Sharon Isbin, conductor

Warner Classics

Guitar Concerto

 

Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/ Bubber Miley: Mood Indigo

Marcus Roberts, Piano

RCA

Mood Indigo

 

John Adams: Tromba Lontana

City of Birmingham Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Angel/EMI

Tromba Lontana

 

Gavin Bryars: “The Green Ray”

Bournemouth Sinfonietta; Ivor Bolton, Conductor; John Harle, Saxophone

Philips

The Green Ray

 

John Dowland: Lachrimae Coactae Pavan

Fretwork

Virgin

Lachrimae Coactae Pavan

 

Osvaldo Golijov: Three Songs

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano, Conductor; Dawn Upshaw, Soprano

Deutshce Grammophon

Three Songs

 

Henry Cowell: Persian Set

Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Richard Auldon Clark, Conductor

Koch

Persian Set

 

Irving Mills; Duke Ellington: The Mooche

Quartet San Francisco

ViolinJazz Recordings

The Mooche

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