Krazy Koncertos

The Brothers Balliett streams Thursdays at 3 pm and Sundays at 8 pm on Q2 Music

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Two samples from America and two from Europe are on the roster this week as The Brothers investigate that most wily of musical forms—the chamber concerto. The inherent problems in writing any concerto are manifold—the composer must pit an individual against a crowd of musicians, allowing the two elements to react, relate, and respond to each other, all while considering crucial questions of balance and instrumental color.

Some composers see a concerto as a kind of public argument—the struggle of an individual to voice an opinion against a harsh, opposing body of voices. One may be able to see such a viewpoint in Charles Wuorinen's Archaeopteryx, featuring the bass trombone, an abstract but invigorating work. Opposition is also at the heart of Brian Ferneyhough's La Chute D'Icare, but with a narrative twist that brings the Ovid legend of Icarus to light.

More conciliatory is Ezra Sims's Concertpiece for two clarinets and orchestra, in which the two protagonists weave sinewy microtonal lines around each other. Beat Furrer's Nuun goes even further—the solo piano is almost seamlessly intergrated into the ensemble.

It's about to get KRAZY in here. Krazy like a Koncerto.

Hosted by:

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

Comments [3]

Zachary Detrick from Manhattan

Hi Brad & Doug. I always enjoy listening to this show. I would like to point out an error, though: nuun is scored for 2 pianos and ensemble (not solo piano). Thanks for the great music!

Jun. 07 2013 04:17 PM

Re: ron stern from cobble hill brooklyn (see previous comment). It's true that the brothers have ridiculously cheezy senses of humor, but they pick awesome music rather consistently. Loved the guitar and the blinged-out episodes. So even though I can't imagine having anything in common with them personally, I will recommend their show with the caveat that the listener should be prepared to skip forward if sensitive to cheezy humor. We're in it for the music, right?

Jun. 06 2013 04:54 PM
ron stern from cobble hill brooklyn

you guys are terrible. it's like listening to howard stern or any of the other drive-time morning zoos. and it's not that i don't appreciate humor on public radio, i do, i listen to car talk, and prairie, and wait wait... etc.
it's just that you guys are not funny - you are just annoying.
and i definitely appreciate hearing modern music in addition to the more traditional which i can get on qxr. so.... just to make it clear, good music is good, blathering hosts are bad.

Jun. 06 2013 03:16 PM

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