This weekend, we explore the sound spectrum of New York City. By using compositions as prisms, we 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.
Kifu Mitsuhashi: Yamato-Joshi
Kifu Mitsuhashi, shakuhachi
Philip Glass: Safe Journey
English Chamber Orchestra, Michael Riesman; Conductor
Orange Mountain Music
Marc Mellits: Lefty’s Elegy
Mellits Consort; Cristina Buciu, violin; Elizabeth Simkin, cello; Danny Tunnik, marimba; Dominic Frasca, guitar; Marc Mellits, keyboard.
Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky: Lacrymosa
Kronos Quartet; Dawn Upshaw, Soprano
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concierto
New York Philarmonic; John Serebrier, conductor; Sharon Isbin, conductor
Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/ Bubber Miley: Mood Indigo
Marcus Roberts, Piano
John Adams: Tromba Lontana
City of Birmingham Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Gavin Bryars: “The Green Ray”
Bournemouth Sinfonietta; Ivor Bolton, Conductor; John Harle, Saxophone
John Dowland: Lachrimae Coactae Pavan
Osvaldo Golijov: Three Songs
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano, Conductor; Dawn Upshaw, Soprano
Henry Cowell: Persian Set
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Richard Auldon Clark, Conductor
Irving Mills; Duke Ellington: The Mooche
Quartet San Francisco