What the Devil is a Metagong?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ken Richmond, Gong-Striker (Unknown photographer/Wikipedia Commons)

You heard it here first, folks. That's the theme of today's show, as the Brothers dive into the rich ocean of new releases from spring, summer, and fall of 2014.This is your chance to get up to speed on some of the most fascinating new releases of the season.

And the question on our minds, as we begin our exploration, is this: what exactly is a Metagong? It's open for debate – is it a super-gong, made of many smaller instruments, like a gamelan ensemble? Is it some kind of abstraction or self-reflection on the concept of the gong? One thing is for certain. It's definitely a beautiful recent work by a Brothers Balliett favorite, Charles Wuorinen. Scored for that Bartokian combination of two pianos and two percussionists, Metagong embodies a metallic soundworld perfectly suited to the musical material Mr. Wuorinen presents.

Alongside this new masterwork, we'll hear the acclaimed bassoonist-turned-conductor Pascal Gallois leading Prague Modern in Dai Fujikura's Time Unlocked, a beautiful violin concerto by Lior Rosner, and some searching organ music by Robert Sirota. 

And when these pieces make the Top 40 list and they are saturating the airwaves, just remember – you heard it here first.


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Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

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