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Episode #3204

For the Birds

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Friday, May 13, 2011

birds (TalayehS/flickr)

For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to music inspired by birdsong, whether it’s by composers who are birders, or naturalists.  Some of these sounds are electronically processed, and some are recreated acoustically.  We’ll listen to Alaska-based John Luther Adams’ recording “Songbirdsongs,” where an ocarina imitates the birdsong, along with music from Tasmanian Ron Nagorcka played on digeridoo and with samples from the cockatiel family.   Plus music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music from Maria Schneider as well.

PROGRAM #        3204, From the Birds            (First aired on 5/13/11)                                                       

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Leif Segerstam, conductor; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, "Cantus Arcticus"

Einojuhani Rautavaara : Cantus Arcticus, excerpt [5:00]

Ondine 1079
www.ondine.net

John Luther Adams

Songbirdsongs

Mourning Dove [4:08]

Opus One #66 (LP); LP perhaps available at gemm.com, another recording of the piece is on Centaur #2273, available at www.arkivmusic.com

Leif Segerstam, conductor; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, "Cantus Arcticus"

Einojuhani Rautavaara : Cantus Arcticus, excerpt [7:00]

Ondine 1079
See above.

Chris Hughes

Shift

Slow Motion Blackbird [5:47]

Reissue of Helium Records
HeCD002

Due out 5/24/11 on Decca.
www.deccarecords-us.com

Xanthocephalus (Russ Aldertone)

Xanthocephalus

WOTH [3:52]

Skell Records SK 006
skellrecords.blogspot.com

Ron Nagorcka and Robert Williams

Devils of the Night

Galah [5:30]

Move 3259
www.move.com.au

Paul Winter

Earth: Voices of a Planet

Talkabout [3:52]

Living Music 0019
www.livingmusic.com

John Luther Adams

Songbirdsongs

Wood Thrush, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Sky Blue

Cerulean Skies, opening [5:00]

Cerulean Skies, closing [9:30]

Artist Share AS0065
www.artistshare.com OR
www.mariaschneider.com

Julianna Barwick

New Music with Voices

For this New Sounds, try on some layered voices in music by Julianna Barwick.  A superchoir of many Juliannas combines with warm drones and hypnotic piano to bring to mind Sigur Rós in a glacial cathedral.  Plus, there's also music from Toby Twining's latest, "Eurydice," which began as a score for Sarah Ruhl's play of the same name, and evolved into a many voiced interpretation of the Orpheus myth.  Those works, and much more.

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