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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Music for All Saints' and All Souls' Days

Saturday, November 02, 2013

This week, All Ears honors All Saints and All Souls Day, two religious holidays dating back to the Second Century A.D. 

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Understanding Intentions

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A good composer can always convey the spirit of his intentions even if certain details are not easily discernible. This week, Terrance McKnight explores pieces translating those very feelings.

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Albums of the Week

Violinist Daniel Hope Explores Celestial Harmony with 'Spheres'

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daniel Hope has assembled a wide-ranging collection of compositions whose repetitions evoke the recurrent orbits of astral bodies.

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New Sounds

Music from Eastern Europe

Monday, November 28, 2011

We’ll listen to Estonian composer Arvo Part’s Te Deum, a beautiful work with a tinge of Eastern mysticism on this New Sounds.  There’s also music from Ukranian composer Vladimir Marynov, featuring the Russian group, Opus Posthumous.  Plus, music from Anton Batagov, based on the music of Buddhist chants, specifically the thirty-seven precepts of The Tibetan monk, yogi and philosopher Gyalsey Thogmey Zangpo (1285-1369.)

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New Sounds

The Art of Gliding

Saturday, November 19, 2011

This New Sounds focuses on a certain sliding noise - that spooky scrape, that insistent siren, the glissando (comes from the Italianized French, glisser, to glide.)  For this program, we'll hear a number of works which feature sliding on the unfretted strings of a cello, including a piece by California-born, now Cologne-based Jay Schwartz.

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New Sounds

Mainly Minimalism

Saturday, March 26, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to the latest offering from Arvo Pärt - "In Principio" – for mixed chorus and orchestra.  In it, Pärt sets the famous opening of the gospel of St. John: "In principio erat Verbum"("In the beginning was the word…"). We’ll also hear another movement from that same weighty work, "Erat lux vera" ("That was the True Light") and an instrumental work, "Mein Weg." Also, listen for some more so-called "holy minimalism" that looks east in music of John Tavener – his work "Svyati" for  cello and choir.  Then there’s also the alleged secular minimalism of Philip Glass, along with more minimalism from Christopher Roberts.  And more.

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New Sounds

Requiem-Based New Music, Part II

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

For this second program of a two-part mini-series, we'll listen to more unconventional works that draw inspiration from the text of the requiem mass. There's music by Gavin Bryars, the Cadman Requiem, written in honor of Bryars' sound engineer and friend, Bill Cadman, who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  Also, hear a requiem by Ragnar Grippe from Sweden for soprano and synthesizer, a wordless requiem by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and more. 

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WQXR Features

Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa [Deluxe Re-issue]

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Arvo Pärt's music is immediately recognizable for its quiet, compelling sense of gravitas. Yet its apparent simplicity was achieved through multiple, painstaking revisions. A reissue of Tabula Rasa, the Estonian composer’s 1984 minimalist classic, is just out in a deluxe edition marking his 75th birthday.

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New Sounds

The Art of Gliding

Friday, November 26, 2010

This New Sounds focuses on a certain sliding noise - that spooky scrape, that insistent siren, the glissando (comes from the Italianized French, glisser, to glide.)  For this program, we'll hear a number of works which feature sliding on the unfretted strings of a cello, including a piece by California-born, now Cologne-based Jay Schwartz.

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New Sounds

Music from Eastern Europe

Thursday, August 19, 2010

We’ll listen to Estonian composer Arvo Part’s Te Deum, a beautiful work with a tinge of Eastern mysticism on this New Sounds.  There’s also music from Ukranian composer Vladimir Marynov, featuring the Russian group, Opus Posthumous.  Plus, music from Anton Batagov, based on the music of Buddhist chants, specifically the thirty-seven precepts of The Tibetan monk, yogi and philosopher Gyalsey Thogmey Zangpo (1285-1369.)

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New Sounds

New Music from Europe

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hear Arvo Part's most recorded work, "Fratres," performed by the Icelandic chamber group Isafold.

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