A Breath of Fresh Air

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Saturday, September 08, 2012

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On this episode of All Ears, we take a deep breath and savor music that conjures up tropical breezes and winter winds, rushing sounds, swaying trees and idle chatter. Breezes floating past help us breathe easier.

We stop in Havana for a seductive waltz from Aires Tropicales, a woodwind quintet by Paquito D'Rivera. One of its seven movements, "Habanera," casts a similar swaying tone to that of a Ravel composition.

We also hear Mancini's Soldier in the Rain, with a choir composed of four voices from Don Byron's album, "A Fine Line." Soldier in the Rain is the theme for the 1963 movie of the same name. 

Also on the program, it's soothing to hear Anton Bruckner next to DBR and Philip Glass, as well as Paul Lansky, and Michael Colgrass.

 

Playlist:

Paquito D'Rivera/Aires Tropicales: Habanera

Koch

 

Giancarlo Vulcano/Tierra del Fuego

Innova

 

Steve Reich/Variations for Vibes, Piano and Strings: II. Slow

Nonesuch

 

Lou Harrison/Three Waltzes

Koch

 

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)/Metamorphosis

Thirsty Ear

 

Anton Bruckner/Intermezzo & Trio for String Sextet in d

CRD

 

Ann Ronell/Willow Weep for Me

CBS/Sony

 

Judd Greenstein/The Night Gatherers

New Amsterdam

 

Henry Mancini/Soldier in the Rain

Blue Note

 

Meredith Monk/Recent Ruins

ECM

 

Veljo Tormis/"How can I recognize my home"

ECM

 

Toby Twinging/Satie Blues

Point

 

Paul Lansky/Notjustmoreidlechatter

Bridge

 

Keith Jarrett/Americana

ECM

 

Michael Colgrass/Winds of Nagual

Naxos

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Comments [4]

WQXR

Hi Lesa,

It was most likely this piece:
The Night Gatherers Judd Greenstein First Things First / Nadia Sirota New Amsterdam

You can find it here:

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Drilldown?name_id1=166670&name_role1=1&bcorder=1&comp_id=326108

Thanks for listening!

Sep. 19 2012 11:48 AM
WQXR

@Lesa

The show's playlist is now available above. Thanks for listening!

Sep. 10 2012 11:12 AM
Lesa Westerman from NYC 10009

My daughter is a violist and always looking for repertoire. You played a piece approx. 11:30 that sounded like a viola/piano piece. I'm not sure what it was but it was hauntingly beautiful. My husband thinks it was an Anton Bruckner piece or Steve Reich. I heard you mention a Matamorphosis by Phillip Glass, too. Could you send me the list of pieces that this might have been? Loving your show tonight. Absolutely wonderful for a windy, rainy night like tonight.

Thank you.
Lesa Westerman

Sep. 08 2012 11:58 PM
Miriam from NJ

The steady beat on this music may be soothing to some, but it's giving me a headache. Water torture over and over again. Sorry.

Sep. 08 2012 11:29 PM

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