Songs of the Earth and Sea
The Brothers Balliett streams Thursdays at 3 pm and Sundays at 8 pm on Q2 Music
Thursday, April 16, 2015
What do American composers Alan Hovhaness and David Maslanka share in common with Swiss composer Beat Furrer? More than we might suppose at first blush, but for one thing, they all wrote gorgeous pieces of music inspired by the 'songs' they heard within the sea and the earth.
Alan Hovhaness's Song of the Sea employs his trademark simple but profound style, pitting a solo keyboard over a sweetly undulating orchestra. David Maslanka's Symphony No. 6 , "Living Earth," is a much more varied affair, using a huge range of instruments splashed on a wide palatte.
What does Beat Furrer do in this vein? Well, you have to hear it to believe it. Whether you prefer mountains or valleys, plains or the open ocean, this show has something for you.