Counterpoint Premieres

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Formed by the conductor Robert de Cormier in 2000, the chamber vocal ensemble Counterpoint has been an advocate of modern composers since its inception. We hear a sample from their album Counterpoint Premieres, with Paul Alan Levi's jazz-infused memorial to poet Bert Chernow, "Bye, Bye Toots." Also, mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter takes a swing at Kurt Weill, and the New York Chamber Symphony essays Howard Hanson's impressionistic Serenade for Flute, Harp, and Strings.

Also Featured Tonight:

Anna Priscilla Risher / Mazurka Brillante
Olivier Messiaen / Fanatasie
John Adams / "Naive and Sentimental Music"
Charles Gounod / Symphony in B-flat, "Petite"
Igor Stravinsky / Symphony in C
Peteris Vasks / Messages
Aram Khachaturian / Violin Concerto in D

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Comments [2]

Richard Kelso from NYC

Terrence: You got me goin', to quote an old Bessie Smith song. I've had trouble with your style and format, but I still tune in occasionally, and I'm glad to say you're getting better. You certainly have good (meaning varied and of good quality)taste in music, and, as an African American listener, I thank you for including the Monk pieces and the Still piece last night. Maybe scripting your comments would avoid awkward stumbling such as occurred in your explanation of the "In Walked Bud" story tonight.

Feb. 25 2009 09:37 PM
Mary from Fairfield, CT

Did I hear on your show that there is a product to erase your files on your PC before you give it away? PS I am a monthly contributor by credit card and listen daily!

Feb. 25 2009 09:18 PM

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