Episode #3085

Sonic Atmospheres

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

For this New Sounds, we’ll experience some sonic and at times, spiritual atmospheres, including ambient music, and other works that might invoke the “m” word – “minimalism.”  

From Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, we’ll hear some spiritually cast works, sometimes labeled (much to Pärt’s dislike of the term) “holy minimalism.” Listen to his atmospheric and soaring “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, from a new recording by Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau& the 12-woman (11 strings, 1 piano) ensemble La Pietà.  Plus, there’s ambient music by Brian Eno, his landmark “Music for Airports,” in which he takes the soulless sterile feeling of an airport and works it over.   Also on the show, exploring that middle ground between Pärt and Eno is music by Kevin Keller , which might have echoes of minimalism and the sense of spirit.  We’ll hear his “In Absentia,” written after his father-in-law's disappearance on a hunting trip.

PROGRAM # 3085, Sonic Atmospheres (First aired on 6/8/2010)





Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Arvo Part Portrait

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten [7:13]

Analekta AN 8731

Kevin Keller

In Absentia

Struggle [4:15] Peace [5:32]

ZMCD- 107

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Arvo Part Portrait

Spiegel im spiegel [8:24]

See above.

BOAC All Stars

Music for Airports

Brian Eno arr.Wolfe: Music For Airports 3 [12:05]

Point Music 534-847

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Arvo Part Portrait

Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrim's Song) [8:58]

See above.

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Comments [2]

mark oshinskie from New Brunswick, NJ

That string piano piece is the best music I've heard in a long time. Thanks.

Jun. 11 2010 11:15 PM
Ira from NYC

Incredible music. As I sit at my desk writing a report for work the sounds put me in the right mood to be creative and productive. So much nicer than random white noise generators.

Jun. 10 2010 10:15 AM

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