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Episode #2992

WNYC Commissions

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

For this New Sounds, we'll hear the early music vocal group Anonymous 4 performing works commissioned by WNYC by both Richard Einhorn and Steve Reich.  Richard Einhorn’s “A Carnival of Miracles,” an exploration of different kinds of freedoms - religious, scientific, artistic, cultural, sexual, and political - was composed for A4 and 2 cellos.  The title refers to the medieval idea of Carnival, a time when the social order is ritually upended and all is allowed. 

We’ll also hear Steve Reich's “Know What is Above You,” premiered by A4, recorded live at The Arts At St. Ann's in Brooklyn.  Plus, listen to the live recording of the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' Concerto for Toy Piano and Chamber Orchestra, another WNYC commission. Written especially for toy piano player Margaret Leng Tan, she and the new music band Alarm Will Sound, 20-members strong performed the reverberant and percussive piece in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden.

PROGRAM #2992, WNYC Commissions (First aired on Mon. 10-19-09)

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Margaret Leng Tan

Live at WFC, 12/9/03

Aaron J. Kernis: Concerto for Toy Piano and Orchestra: processional [1:30]

This performance not commercially available.

Anonymous 4, Thad Wheeler and Jim Preiss, percussion

Live at Arts at St. Ann’s, 11/19/99

Steve Reich: Know What Is Above You [3:20]

This performance not commercially available.

Margaret Leng Tan & Alarm Will Sound, cond. by Aaron Jay Kernis

Live at WFC, 12/9/03

Aaron J. Kernis: Concerto for Toy Piano and Orchestra, 1st mvmt. [7:00]

This performance not commercially available.

Anonymous 4, Christine Gummere and Julie Green, cellos

Live at Corpus Christi Church, 6/26/2001

Richard Einhorn: Carnival of Miracles [33:00]

This performance not commercially available.

Margaret Leng Tan & Alarm Will Sound, cond. by Aaron Jay Kernis

Live at WFC, 12/9/03

Aaron J. Kernis: Concerto for Toy Piano and Orchestra, 2nd mvmt, excerpt [3:00]

This performance not commercially available.

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