#3531: Music Inspired by Architecture

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For this New Sounds program, listen to an hour of music inspired by  architecture.  Hear Neil Rolnick's electronic violin concerto, "Gardening at Gropius House" featuring violinist Todd Reynolds and members of Alarm Will Sound conducted by Alan Pierson. (Walter Gropius was an influential architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, whose Massachusetts residence was carefully designed both in the structure as well as the grounds, which included a Japanese garden.)  Also, there's music from the Icelandic producer, label founder, and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson.  Listen to his score for a Stephen Petronio ballet, "Architecture of Loss," which pits chamber music against electronics and conjures a glacial wilderness. Then, listen to a work from Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, his "Architectonics," which combines renaissance textures and melody with the driving rhythms of rock.  Plus, music from New York composer Peter Gordon's collaborative opera project, "The Society Architect Ponders the Golden Gate Bridge."  The opera's plot is based on an actual court case: on the Golden Gate Bridge, an artist is hit by a car driven by a drunken architect.  That, and more.

PROGRAM #3531– Inspired by Architecture (First aired on 11/06/2013)        

ARTIST: Valgeir Sigurðsson
WORK: Between Monuments [5:11]
RECORDING: Architecture of Loss
SOURCE: Bedroom Community HVALUR 13CD
INFO: valgeir.net | bedroomcommunity.net

ARTIST: Absolute Ensemble
WORK: Erkki-Sven Tüür : "Postmetaminimal Dream" [10:22]
RECORDING: Architectonics
SOURCE: CCn’C Records 01812 
INFO: Out of print, but try iTunes, Amazon.com or Emusic.com

ARTIST: Neil Rolnick, Todd Reynolds, violinist & Alarm Will Sound, led by Alan Pierson
WORK: Gardening At Gropius House, part 1 excerpt  [19:34]
RECORDING: Gardening At Gropius House
SOURCE: Innova 877
INFO: innova.mu

ARTIST: Peter Gordon / L.Weiner
WORK: The Society Architect Ponders the Golden Gate Bridge [13:41]
RECORDING: Mendi & Keith Obadike Present Crosstalk
SOURCE: Bridge Records 9285
INFO: bridgerecords.com