Slow Motion

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This week's show focuses on music that moves at a walking pace. From Scott Joplin's "A Real Slow Drag" to South African composer Kevin Volans's "Walking Song" this program explores the serenity, drama, and agitation expressed in music that moves at a slow tempo.

Host Terrance McKnight takes inspiration from New York's subways, which because of extreme weather conditions, were recently running with delays. Mcknight says "We were all moving at the same speed but everyone responded differently within the given time frame, similarly every composer uses time and tempo in their own way."


Treemonisha: “A Real Slow Drag”
Scott Joplin
Marcus Roberts, piano

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D, Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven
Robert Taub
Vox Classics

Three Songs: How Slow the Wind
Osvaldo Golijov
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Adagio from Serenade No. 10
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Marlboro Wind Ensemble
Richard Stolzman, clarinet

Walking Song
Kevin Volans
Netherlands Wind Ensemble

As Sleep Befell
Paola Prestini
Visontoart Ensemble

Andante spianato and Grand polonaise
Frederic Chopin
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Emmanuel Ax, piano

Wand’ring Steps and Slow
Jorge Martin
Jeanne Golan, piano

Slow Dance
Kenji Bunch
The Ahn Trio

Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K 546
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartetto Italiano

Les Fiancailles (Engagement)
Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars Ensemble