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Steve Reich's Masterful Gateway Drug in Assured New Recording

Monday, May 04, 2015

Steve Reich composed "Music for 18 Musicians" some 40 years ago, but it still remains the perfect gateway drug for Reich's music. A new recording by Ensemble Signal shows why.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Kentucky Bourbon, The Music of Protest, and Sexual Harassment

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a massive bourbon heist, Sri Lankan-American musician Bhi Bhiman drops by, and we look at sexual harassment in the restaurant industry.

Q2 Music Album of the Week

Ukraine's Valentin Silvestrov Unleashes One's Inner Synesthete in 'Spectrums'

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, now pushing 80 years old, has led a long and prolific career traversing a wide range of musical styles. This new album focuses on his early works.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Royal String Quartet Brings Verve and Polish to Szymański and Mykietyn

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Royal String Quartet from Poland delivers a fine collection of works by contemporary countrymen Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn. Listen to the full album.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Clarinetist Martin Fröst Displays a Dancer's Virtuosity in 'Nordic Concertos'

Monday, March 30, 2015

The clarinet is lucky to have Martin Fröst, a musical showman who has produced handsome recordings of works new and old. Stream his latest album "Nordic Concertos" all week.

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Kronos Quartet and Tanya Tagaq Tap Canadian Cool in 'Tundra Songs'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Thanks be to Björk: it was her collaboration with Tanya Tagaq that brought the singer from Nunavut, Canada the much-deserved attention of a worldwide musical audience. 

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Benjamin Hochman Reinvigorates a Familiar Theme in 'Variations'

Monday, March 09, 2015

The composers on "Variations," pianist Benjamin Hochman's new disc on the Avie label, are ideally suited to the form of Theme and Variations. Stream the album in full. 

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Jukka Linkola and Ville Matvejeff Draw Inspiration from Fairy Tales, Heavy Metal Heroics

Monday, March 02, 2015

A new release features two relative unknowns in Finnish contemporary music: Jukka Linkola and Ville Matvejeff. Hear why their music deserves broader recognition.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Michael Gordon's Chaotic, Life-Affirming 'Dystopia'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Despite the title of his latest album, "Dystopia," Michael Gordon delivers some of the most effusive, life-affirming, Arcadia-esque sounds we’ve heard from the Bang on a Can co-founder.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Making of a Music Critic

Monday, February 23, 2015

Robert Christgau, music critic for The Village Voice and other publications looks back on his - and his hometown's - music history. 

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Soundcheck

The Best Thing About Drake's Mixtape Is the Memes

Thursday, February 19, 2015

When Drake released his mixtape If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late last week, fans flocked online to listen and have some fun with Photoshop.

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The Jonathan Channel

Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This week, we again reach into the archives for our album of the week. Tune into The Jonathan Channel all week long to hear the 1957 album, Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson. 

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

TED Talks and Genetic Sequences at Play in Gregory W. Brown's 'Moonstrung Air'

Monday, February 16, 2015

The centerpiece of Gregory W. Brown's "Moonstrung Air" is Missa Charles Darwin, a six-part mass inspired by Charles Darwin and evolutionary science. Stream the album in full all week.

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The Jonathan Channel

Her Middle Name Was Mercedes

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This week, we are featuring another classic album of the great American songbook. Our album of the week is After Glow from Carmen Mercedes McRae. 

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'Who the Hell is Allan Pettersson?' Told Through Score and Film

Monday, February 09, 2015

Allan Pettersson (1911-1980), born to a working-class family, was a Swedish composer whose violin playing pulled him up from a childhood straight out of a Roald Dahl novel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jonathan Schwartz + John Schaefer + Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Bob Dylan is not a guest on today's show, but WNYC's Jonathan Schwartz and John Schaefer join us to discuss his new Sinatra cover album. 

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The Jonathan Channel

Late Nights with Nat 'King' Cole

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

This week, we're reaching deep into the archives for our album of the week. Tune into The Jonathan Channel all week long to hear cuts from Nat King Cole's 1957 album, After Midnight. 

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Dedicated Proponent of Music for Cello Goes All New in 'Crossings'

Monday, February 02, 2015

"Crossings: New Music for Cello," Kate Dillingham’s fourth album, features a line-up of new music for both solo cello and cello/piano duo. Stream the entire album all this week.

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The Jonathan Channel

Steppin' Out with Tony Bennett

Monday, January 26, 2015

This week, we are featuring the 1993 album Steppin' Out from Tony Bennett. Stay tuned to The Jonathan Channel all week long to hear the album in its entirety.  

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Kaija Saariaho's Masterful Chamber Music Shines on a Larger Scale

Monday, January 26, 2015

Utterly original and new, the music of Kaija Saariaho is nevertheless recognizable as a successor to an old French tradition of rich lyricism and colorful orchestration.

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