Episode #2592

New Music for the Concert Hall

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Warp Record label’s glitch-tronica and the avant brow-furrowing sounds of contemporary musical heavyweights lock horns in a symphonic smack-down for this New Sounds. From a recent two-disc compilation of concert recordings by the London Sinfonietta - Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters - we’ll hear arrangements of electronic music by Aphex Twin, paired with prepared piano music by John Cage. Now, the London Sinfonietta is not the first group to take on arrangements of music by Aphex Twin (Richard D. James.) This so-called Intelligent Dance Music has also been tackled recently by the new music band Alarm Will Sound, who eagerly exploited this intersection of classical and electronic music on “Acoustica.” Although the London Sinfonietta’s sound is a bit more stripped down, it is still just as engaging and subversive. Plus, music by John Adams and Steven Mackey.

PROGRAM # 2592, New Music for the Concert Hall (First aired on Tues. 10/10/06)





London Sinfonietta

Warp Works And Twentieth Century Masters

Aphex Twin: Prepared Piano Piece 1& 2 [4:30]
John Cage: Sonata XII, from Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano [2:30]
Aphex Twin: Polygon Window [6:00]

Warp #144 *

John Adams

The Dharma At Big Sur / My Father Knew Charles Ives

The Dharma At Big Sur [26:00]

Nonesuch #79857 ***

Steven Mackey

Heavy Light

Ritual, excerpt [11:00]

New World #80615** www.newworld

Special Podcast: Classical Musicians Rock It (originally aired on May 10, 2007)

For this New Sounds, classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery plays the music of Jimi Hendrix. Plus, the string quartet Amiina sings, adds electronics, and writes their own post-rock music.


Comments [1]

Sonia Sudak from NYC

Please include music from Daniel Abrams' "Opera For Piano" series on "New Music" on (preferably) your Oct. 12 program. You can hear three works from this series on his web site: -- or,if you wish, I'll send you a copy of his CD "Fantasie Variations on Tales of Love" Thank you. Sonia Sudak

Abrams will be performing at the Mannes College of Music on Wed., Oct. 15 at 8 pm There is no charge and seating begins at 7:30 pm

Sep. 14 2008 03:22 PM

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