New Approaches to Orchestral and Chamber Music

We’ll hear some new approaches to orchestral, choral, and chamber music on this New Sounds. Listen for conventional classical instruments with overdubs, processed orchestral music with an electronic sheen, gentle glowing choral music, classical music ringtones, and hi-tech as applied to chamber music. The minimalist driving repetitive sound of Nico Muhly's work, "Mothertongue," looks to rock music, with electric bass and keyboards as part of the chamber music instrumentation. We’ll hear both "Hress" and "Monster." Then sample the 3-part choral work, "The Ecstasies Above" by English composer Tarik o’Regan, based on a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. There’s some nod to the so-called mystics, yet there’s also a rhythmic drive to the work – with no electronic effects. Plus, a bit of an opera from John Adams, based on a south Indian fairy tale, "A Flowering Tree," and music for acoustic steel string guitar, paired with overdubbed violins by David Pritchard. All this and much more.

PROGRAM # 2830, New Approaches to Orchestral and Chamber Music (First aired on Thursday, July 31, 2008)





Max Richter

24 Postcards in Full Colour

H Thinks A Journey [1:00]

Fat Cat CD - CD13-07
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Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

The Dark Knight

I’m Not a Hero [6:00]

Warner Bros #49860***

Nico Muhly


Hress [3:30] Monster [4:30]

Brassland #018**

Tarik O’Regan

Threshold of Night

The Ecstasies Above [17:00]

Harmonia Mundi #807490***

John Adams

A Flowering Tree

The Bride Sunk Her Face [5:00]

Nonesuch 327100, due out in September 2008.

David Pritchard

Vertical Eden

Garden of Time [5:00]

Morphic Resonance #10016 *