The Morans Do Motown

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

There are many versions of the Motown hit “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Since it was first immortalized by Marvin Gaye, it’s been covered by an all-girl punk band and made into an ad jingle for raisins. Tonight we hear singer Alicia Hall Moran’s rendition, a spellbinding operatic-cabaret version recorded live with her husband, pianist Jason Moran, at WNYC’s new Greene Space. Also, music from Misha Alperin and Duke Pearson.

Also Featured Tonight:

John Adams / Hallelujah Junction
Arvo Part / I Am The True Vine
Krzysztof Penderecki / Polish Requiem: Chaconne (2005)
Zoltan Kodaly / String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10
Hector Berlioz / Nuits d'ete, Op. 7

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Comments [5]

Lenny from Rockland County, NY

Joe, I believe what you're looking for is in the "Ben Folds" edition of Evening Music, dating back to May 8th. The two pieces in particular were the 3 Estampies Reales by The Dufay Collective as well as the Istanpitta Ghaetta as directed by Henri Agnel.

Jun. 16 2009 11:52 AM
Sarag Bachmann Krieger from East Brunswick, NJ

I found myself chuckling out loud as I began listening to Alice Hall Moran's wailing, soulful version of "Grapevine" last evening on my way home. One really does not expect this sort of song from a high luscious operatic soprano! Then it stuck me that her remarkable interpretation had great emotional truth--so why not sing this kind of song this way? I hope we will hear more of this sort of thing from this beautiful voice, and also some Puccini and Verdi as well as an occasional Clara or Bess(Porgy).

Sarah Bachmann Krieger
soprano and voice teacher

May. 14 2009 08:34 PM
Alison from Upper West Side

Center-cut pork chops baked in olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper accompanied by parsnip mash, sauteed oak-leaf kale and Evening Music with Terrance McKnight. Divine.

May. 13 2009 07:55 PM

Joe, I remember that piece, it was played by David Garland on the weekend. I'm sure David will reply to you, but when the weekend playlists are posted, look for an "estampie."

May. 13 2009 12:29 PM
Joe Carbone

Dear Terrence:
I've sent this note to David, but did not get a response. Perhaps it was one of your shows that played the music I am referring to below.

I have been searching the playlists from last week and cannot find the music that fascinated me while driving home from work.

I can only identify the style - I believe it was middle-eastern with its roots in 13th century italian music that you referred to as "stomping". A modern artist was combining this early music with Arabic influences. Sorry to be so vague.

If you could remember the artist and CD I would be forever grateful.


May. 13 2009 07:18 AM

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