The Brothers' Bastille Day Special

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

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hot on the heels of their America the Dissonant show (and hopefully recovering from their little rift), the Brothers move to la France to explore the wealth of the nation's great new music.

A transplant to New York City for many years, Tristan Murail has made an indelible mark both in America and in his home country. His orchestral piece Gondwana sonically investigates the idea of a great pre-continent land-mass—listen in particular for the seven incredible chords that begin this lean yet mammoth work.

Two concertos are also on today's roster—first, Pascal Dusapin spins a spiky fairy's web for clarinet and ensemble in which the clarinet sings unusual tunes; this work is aptly titled Aria. Dusapin, well known for both vocal writing and ensemble writing, takes interaction between soloist and ensemble to new heights, all within the context of a fairly standard ensemble.

Also standard is the orchestra employed for Henri Dutilleux's Cello Concerto, subtitled "Tout un monde lointain." The content? Less than conventional, without a doubt. For sheer number of acoustic places visited in a single half-hour, Dutilleux can scarcely be topped, and this concerto is no exception.

This show is not just for Francophiles! A Bastille Day tribute that will leave you shouting "Oui! Oui!," this hour is simply not to be missed.

Hosted by:

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

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