To Sleep, Perchance To Dream
Finding the rub all week with nocturnal and dreamlike piano music
Monday, April 21, 2014
This week we take our aesthetic and thematic cue from Toru Takemitsu's ravishing and otherworldly Quotation of Dream for two pianos and orchestra, and spin a week's worth of piano music that skirts the line between the direct and the subliminal, the real and the dreamlike.
In addition to the Takemitsu on Monday, tune in for other surreal works – at times nightmarish, hallucinogenic, meditative – by Donnacha Dennehy (his hypnotic "Stainless Staining" for piano and electronics), György Ligeti (the nightmarish "Vertige" from the Etudes), and Morton Feldman (his final piano masterpiece, Palais de Mari).
The selections later in the week goes in and out of musical focus, from the vivid imagery of Terry Riley's "Descending Moonshine Dervishes" to the fleeting pre-sleep haze of Elliott Carter's "Night Fantasies," punctuated by works from Missy Mazzoli, Vladimir Martynov, Martin Bresnick, Olivier Messiaen and Ann Southam.