#3512: Classical-Adjacent Music

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Hear songs and instrumental pieces that are informed by classical music, yet ones which expertly ride the divide between classical and post-rock, or perhaps classical and electronica, on this New Sounds show. There’s music from vocalist and composer Julianna Barwick, who does a lot of looping of her own sound.  Listen to “Forever,” from her latest record, “Nepenthe,” recorded with Sigur Rós collaborator Alex Somers in Iceland. Barwick continues to play with layers of reverb, and even adds members of múm and the string quartet Amiina - in all, making luminous and dramatic music that is easy to get lost in.

Then, hear music by the Russian pianist Anton Batagov from a piano cycle written after a pilgrimage to the grave of Sergei Rachmaninoff.  (The site is in Kensico Cemetery in the hamlet of Valhalla, half an hour’s ride from New York City.) Batagov’s music is a series of purported musical communiqués from the early 20th century composer to contemporary musical figures like Philip Glass, or Arvo Part, even Peter Gabriel. There’s also music from cellist Julia Kent with loops and delays from the recent record, “Character.”  Plus, listen to songs from the Icelandic singer Olafur Arnalds, from an enigmatic record, “For Now I Am Winter,” and more.

PROGRAM #3512– Classical-Adjacent Music (First aired on 9/20/2013)             

ARTIST: Cinematic Orchestra
WORK: That Home [1:55]
RECORDING: Ma Fleur
SOURCE: CD-DNO-151
INFO: dominorecordco.us

ARTIST: Olafur Arnalds
WORK: A Stutter [5:09]
RECORDING: For Now I Am Winter
SOURCE: Mercury Classics 4810150
INFO: myplaydirect.com

ARTIST: Julianna Barwick
WORK: Forever [5:30]
RECORDING: Nepenthe
SOURCE: Dead Oceans DOC 069
INFO: scdistribution.com

ARTIST: Julia Kent
WORK: Only Child [4:24]
RECORDING: Character
SOURCE: Leaf Music BAY 80
INFO: theleaflabel.com

ARTIST: Olafur Arnalds
WORK: Only the Winds [5:21]
RECORDING: For Now I Am Winter
SOURCE: Mercury Classics 4810150
INFO: myplaydirect.com

ARTIST: Antony & the Johnsons
WORK: Swanlights [6:08]
RECORDING: Swanlights
SOURCE: Secretly Canadian SC215
INFO: scdistribution.com

ARTIST: Julia Kent
WORK: Kingdom [4:54]
RECORDING: Character
SOURCE: Leaf Music BAY 80
INFO: theleaflabel.com

ARTIST: Anton Batagov
WORK: Letter from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Ludovico Einaudi [5:58]
RECORDING: Selected Letters of Sergei Rachmaninoff
SOURCE: 2013 Fancymusic 
INFO: fancymusic.rusoundcloud.com
or download from Emusic.com

ARTIST: Cinematic Orchestra
WORK: Manhatta [11:14]
RECORDING: In Motion # 1
SOURCE: Ninjatune  Zen 183
INFO: ninjatune.net