Episode #3317

Chamber Music with a Groove

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Monday, March 26, 2012

On this edition of New Sounds, hear some chamber music by composer Marc Mellits with a populist bent.  We’ll sample his work, “Tight Sweater," which contains traces of funk, echoes of rock, and minimalism's rapidly shifting patterns of notes and interlocking rhythms.  With the provocative and whimsical titles, ("Exposed Zipper," “Pickle Trousers” and “Mechanically Separated Chicken Parts”) the movements are compact and alarmingly catchy. 

The group Real Quiet — pianist Andrew Russo, cellist Felix Fan, and percussionist David Cossin — brings the perky and spiky cartoon-like energy to bear.  There’s that bit of post-minimalist ear candy, and other post-minimalist chamber works by the likes of Robert Davidson, John Adams, and Stephen Montague.

PROGRAM #3317 Chamber Works  (First aired on 3/26/2012)                                                    






Big Decisions

Robert Davidson : The Whitlam Dismissal- Keating and Kerr, excerpt [1:30]

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Real Quiet

Tight Sweater

Marc Mellits: Tight Sweater
1:Exposed Zipper [2:39]
2:Trans Fatty Acid's Rein [2:22]
3:Mara's Lullaby [4:32]
4:Pickle Trousers [2:05]
5:Evil Yellow Penguin [2:28]
6: Mechanically Separated Chicken Parts [4:13]

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Big Decisions

Robert Davidson : The Whitlam Dismissal- the dismissal [2:08]
-Keating and Kerr [4:30]
-Kerr's Cur [2:29]
-Fair Play [1:24]

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Big Decisions

Stephen Montague: Paramel VI [7:51]

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Kronos Quartet

Gnarly Buttons & John's Book of Alleged Dances

John Adams: John's Book of Alleged Dances - Rag the Bone [3:04]
Ständchen: The Little Serenade [4:58]

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Comments [1]

Robert Davidson from Brisbane, Australia

Thanks for including us (Topology) on the world's best radio show

Mar. 30 2012 09:31 PM

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