Journey into your Soul

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

This week’s show explores the concept of memory through music. Take this Saturday to attend an all-expense paid trip through your mind, with Terrance McKnight as your captain and All Ears as your vessel.

 

We hear a few compositions incorporating jazz elements. Wynton Marsalis’ Jubilo (The Scent of Democracy) is typical of the Harlem Renaissance era and is a great example of this sound. Other compositions evoke worry and awareness of impending doom, like a summer storm rolling in over the horizon.

In the Introduction and Allegro composed by Maurice Ravel, its structure is reminiscent of childlike times wild with imagination, conjuring memories of a favorite cartoon. Then, Philip Martin’s Union takes us to dark places, not often visited by choice, but definitely necessary to the development of self awareness. We hear selections from Veljo Tormis's Men’s Songs, a piece with  military-like precision and cohesion. It flows into your psyche and you have no choice but to fall in line and adhere to its march.

Others on the episode influencing instinctual drive include Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, kings of improvisation in their composition Palmyra, as well as Meredith Monk's haunting New York Requiem.

 

PLAYLIST:

Michala Petri: Variations on “Mads Doss’ (Danish Folk)

Michala Petri, recorder; Lars Hannibal, guitar/lute

RCA

Variations on "Mads Doss"

 

Wynton Marsalis: Jubilo (The Scent of Democracy)

Lincoln Jazz Center orchestra; Robert Sadin, conductor; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet

CBS/Sony

Jubilo

 

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

Tokyo String Quartet; Nancy Allen, harp; Ransom Wilson, flute; David Whifrin, clarinet

CBS/Sony

Introduction and Allegro

 

Philip Martin: Union

Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer

Hyperion

Union

 

Robert Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2

Murray Perahia, piano

CBS/Sony

Papillons

 

Carter Pann: Differences (For cello and piano)

David Ying, cello; Elinor Freer, piano

Cedille

Differences

 

John Lewis: Odds Against Tomorrow

Willis Delony, piano

Centaur

Odds Against Tomorrow

 

Randall Thompson: Choose Something Like a Star

Harvard University Choir; Murray Forbes Somerville, Conductor; Erica Johnson, organ

ASV

Choose Something Like a Star

 

Veljo Tormis: Men’s Songs: Selections

Svanholm Singers; Sofia Soderber Eberhard, conductor

Toccata Classics

Men's Songs :Selections

 

Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer: Palmyra

Bela Fleck, banjo; Edgar Meyer, double bass

CBS/Sony

Palmyra

 

John Corigiliano: Fantasia on an Ostinato

Andrew Russo, piano

Black box

Fantasia  on an Ostinato

 

Meredith Monk: New York Requiem

Meredith Monk, vocals; Harry Huff, piano

ECM

New York Requiem

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Comments [1]

ralph kamhi from douglaston, NY 11363

Love your show which I tend to regularly stumble into. Must get that banjo piece. Palmyra? Did not have radio turned up enough. My hearing not what it used to be.

Jul. 14 2012 11:56 PM

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