Episode #3530

Music for Strings, Old and New

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Monday, November 04, 2013

For this New Sounds show, listen to music for strings, most at the suggestion of composer and guitarist Bryce Dessner, who suggested pairing his string quartet "Little Blue Something" with the piece that inspired it: "Little Blue Nothing" by the experimental Czech viola da gamba team of  Irena Havlova and Vojtěch Havel.  He also thought that some of Kronos Quartet's Early Music CD would go well.

To that, we've added contemporary music for viola da gamba by Roy Wheldon, viola d'amore by Garth Knox, and the group American Baroque playing a 21st-century work by Marc Mellits for 18th-century instruments. And more.

PROGRAM #3530– Music for Strings, New and Old (First aired on 11/4/2013)





Irena Havlova and Vojtěch Havel

Little Blue Nothing

Little Blue Nothing, excerpt [2:00]

Arta F100212
Or try

Kronos Quartet & Wu Man

Early Music

John Dowland: Lachrimae antiquae pavan [4:17]

Nonesuch 79457

Irena & Vojtek Havel

Little Blue Nothing

Little Blue Nothing

Arta F100212

Kronos Quartet


Dessner: Little Blue Something [7:56]

Anti Records 272962

American Baroque


Marc Mellits: 11 Miniatures [15:00]

Santa Fe Music Group #513

Garth Knox, featuring Agnès Vesterman, violoncello


Black Brittany [4:00]

ECM 2157

Roy Wheldon


Cantabile [1:30]
Twin Rows [4:00]

New Albion #059, or try iTunes, or

Matmos Ganzfeld EP

When Words Don't Matter (Special Podcast)

For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.  Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)-  speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”


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