Must Haves: Contemporary Classical

To wrap up the New Sounds Must Have recommendations, listen to some contemporary classical music on tonight’s program. There’s music by California-based Ingram Marshall, with his work “Fog Tropes,” where the highly processed sounds of the San Francisco bay are blended with foghorns and a brass sextet. There’s also Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “Cantus Arcticus,” or “concerto for bird [voices] and orchestra,” featuring the taped cries of wild birds from arctic regions. Plus, sample some of Phil Kline’s provocatively intense Zippo Songs, chamber-rock art song settings of "poems" inscribed on army-issue Zippo lighters by American GIs in Vietnam. Music from the Philip Glass opera Satyagraha, based on a portion of the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, rounds out the show.

PROGRAM # 2482, New Sounds Essentials: Classical Music (First aired on Friday, 12-2-05)





Peter Maxwell Davies

Maximum Max

Farewell To Stromness [5:30]

Collins #14442, Seems to be out of print, but try*

Various artists


Ingram Marshall: Fog Tropes [10:00]

New Albion #009 *

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Cantus Arcticus

The Bog [7:00]

BMG Catalyst #62671 Out of Print. Other recordings are available, such as Ondine #1041, and can surely be downloaded at

Phil Kline

Zippo Songs

If I Had A Farm [2:30]

Cantaloupe #21019** *

Michael Gordon


Trance 4 [5:00]

Argo #455 662. Out of print, but try

Steve Reich

Ensemble Modern: Music for 18 Musicians

Pulses [4:00]

RCA #68672 ** Available at*

Philip Glass


Evening Song from Satyagraha [8:30]

Sony Classical #62960 (3 CDs)

Lou Harrison

Music of Lou Harrison

Main Bersama-sama, excerpt [2:30]

CRI #613. Out of print, but try

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