A Breath of Fresh Air

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Saturday, September 08, 2012


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.



Paquito D'Rivera/Aires Tropicales: Habanera



Giancarlo Vulcano/Tierra del Fuego



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



Lou Harrison/Three Waltzes



Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)/Metamorphosis

Thirsty Ear


Anton Bruckner/Intermezzo & Trio for String Sextet in d



Ann Ronell/Willow Weep for Me



Judd Greenstein/The Night Gatherers

New Amsterdam


Henry Mancini/Soldier in the Rain

Blue Note


Meredith Monk/Recent Ruins



Veljo Tormis/"How can I recognize my home"



Toby Twinging/Satie Blues



Paul Lansky/Notjustmoreidlechatter



Keith Jarrett/Americana



Michael Colgrass/Winds of Nagual


Comments [4]


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:


Thanks for listening!

Sep. 19 2012 11:48 AM


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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