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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Using ancient and modern texts, excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and other sources, Lang retells a universal love story, both found and unfulfilled.

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New Sounds

Vespers

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hear new takes on the Vespers, most not involving the voice or prayer, yet still with a sense of ritual, when things become dark and still, with Oscar Bettison's "Gauze Vespers," & more.

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New Sounds

New Music Based on Gospel, Spirituals & Folk Hymns

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Listen to works inspired by gospel, early folk hymns, spirituals, and shape note singing, including music by Jaimeo Brown and Colin Stetson on this New Sounds program. 

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New Sounds

Vespers

Sunday, August 03, 2014

This New Sounds program takes a new look at the ancient form of ritual music for evening prayer – Vespers.  This evening prayer service, also known as “eveningsong,” is found in both Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Catholicism, along with Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, and some Protestant denominations as well.  The idea was to have a service at sunset, when the sun’s angle would hit the church and set it aglow with magical light through the stained glass windows.

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New Sounds

New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

David Lang Sets Many Subtle Heartbreaks in 'love fail'

Monday, May 19, 2014

David Lang's love fail is a sort of micro-opera about subtle heartbreak and based on the legend that inspired Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Listen to the entire album, featuring Anonymous 4, this week. 

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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang had just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion.  But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.

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WQXR Features

Anonymous 4 Sings Medieval Christmas Music

Friday, December 20, 2013

Recorded live at Corpus Christi Church in New York, the veteran vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary.

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New Sounds

Vespers

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This New Sounds program takes a new look at the ancient form of ritual music for evening prayer – Vespers.  This evening prayer service, also known as “eveningsong,” is found in both Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Catholicism, along with Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, and some Protestant denominations as well.  The idea was to have a service at sunset, when the sun’s angle would hit the church and set it aglow with magical light through the stained glass windows.

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New Sounds

New Music Based on Gospel, Spirituals & Folk Hymns

Monday, May 20, 2013

Listen to works inspired by gospel, early folk hymns, spirituals, and shape note singing on this New Sounds program.  There's an intense and shimmering setting by drummer Jaimeo Brown of the gospel hymn “Everything is Moving by the Power of God," which incorporates samples from the rural Alabama gospel group the Gee’s Bend Quilters from their 1941 and 2002 recordings.  On drums, Brown builds and highlights the ecstatic melody of the gospel group by way of crashy and tasteful washes of cymbals.  Then, as the sampled voices fade away, that build gradually gives way to pianist Geri Allen’s inspired and passionate improvisation on the melody of the tune.

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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang has just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the new work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion.  But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.  

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Listen: Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4

Saturday, March 24, 2012

On Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm, ET, Q2 Music presented a live audio Webcast of the sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival concert of influential, indie pioneers Mountain Goats and the acclaimed early vocal music ensemble Anonymous 4. Stream the whole show now.

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New Sounds

WNYC Commissions

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll hear the early music vocal group Anonymous 4 performing works commissioned by WNYC by both Richard Einhorn and Steve Reich.  Richard Einhorn’s “A Carnival of Miracles,” an exploration of different kinds of freedoms - religious, scientific, artistic, cultural, sexual, and political - was composed for A4 and 2 cellos.  The title refers to the medieval idea of Carnival, a time when the social order is ritually upended and all is allowed.

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Operavore

Hear and Now: Five Must-Have Vocal Recordings

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operavore Olivia Giovetti rounds up her five favorite discs of the fall. Enjoy them from your own living room or catch their singers in action over the next few weeks in New York.

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New Sounds

Live Gloryland II (Encore Edition)

Friday, August 12, 2011

From the New Sounds Live concerts at Merkin Hall, Anonymous 4, the famed early music vocal quartet, teams up with violinist Darol Anger and guitarist Scott Nygaard to revisit early American folk spirituals, shape-note hymns, and Gospel blues. This is part 2 of 2, featuring this revival of 19th century American hymnody.

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New Sounds

Long Time Traveling (Encore Edition)

Saturday, August 06, 2011

From the New Sounds Live concerts at Merkin Hall, Anonymous 4, the famed early music vocal quartet, teams up with violinist Darol Anger and guitarist Scott Nygaard to revisit early American folk spirituals, shape-note hymns, and Gospel blues.

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New Sounds

WNYC Commissions

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

For this New Sounds, we'll hear the early music vocal group Anonymous 4 performing works commissioned by WNYC by both Richard Einhorn and Steve Reich.  Richard Einhorn’s “A Carnival of Miracles,” an exploration of different kinds of freedoms - religious, scientific, artistic, cultural, sexual, and political - was composed for A4 and 2 cellos.  The title refers to the medieval idea of Carnival, a time when the social order is ritually upended and all is allowed. 

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