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Schaefer's Top Ten of 2012

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2012. There just might be something by a Brooklyn-based Afrobeat party band, a violinist (usually a classical player) in collaboration with a German improvising pianist, and perhaps something from a cult American singer.  Listen for a vocal octet and a composer who reworked one of the classical music "war horse" works to great effect. 

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    New Releases October 2012

    Thursday, November 08, 2012

    After some delay due to both the devastating storm, Sandy, and the 2012 elections, it's finally time for the long-delayed October  new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes to present the cream of this crop.

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    Tuff Strum

    Friday, November 02, 2012

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    Listen to “Cello Multitracks” on this New Sounds program.  It’s Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite scored for nine cellos, as realized by the technologically skilled cellist Peter Gregson, (yep, on all nine parts.) The work is sometimes jarring, sometimes it grooves, then it will like as not scuttle like dust bunnies, whether plucked or scraped.

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    Tuff Strum

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Listen to “Cello Multitracks” on this New Sounds program.  It’s Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite scored for nine cellos, as realized by the technologically skilled cellist Peter Gregson, (yep, on all nine parts.) The work is sometimes jarring, sometimes it grooves, then it will like as not scuttle like dust bunnies, whether plucked or scraped. 

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    Northern Horns

    Wednesday, August 01, 2012

    Hear the startling sounds of horns...of the North...on this New Sounds.  There's Alpine music for horns by the Russian composer Arkady Shilkloper, a member of the Moscow Art Trio, along with Danish composer Niels-Ole Bo Johansen's trombones and electronics.  Not to be outdone, Hauschka, (aka German pianist/composer Volker Bertelmann), has been at it again.  This time a playful collaborative “post-classical” record, “Salon des Amateurs,” with Calexico members John Convertino and Joe Burns, múm’s drummer Samuli Kosmine, and a guest spot by violinist Hilary Hahn.

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    Hilary Hahn Improvs & Kids Blog

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    The violinist Hilary Hahn ditches the classical repertoire and goes full improv. She performs live in the studio with the pianist Hauschka. Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Adam Gopnik about how Hollywood-style violence might have played into the massacre in a Colorado movie theater. And Karen Thompson Walker imagines ...

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    Hilary Hahn and Hauschka Go Improv

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Hilary Hahn is a heavy hitter in classical music, a violinist who debuted at 12 and recorded the Bach partitas at 18. In her ripe old 20s, she began stretching beyond classical music, playing alongside singer-songwriters. Her new project goes even further outside the box ...

    Bonus Track: “Stillness,” live in Studio 360

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    Piano Plus...

    Friday, July 06, 2012

    For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, which is Anna Rose Carter (piano) and Christopher Brett Bailey (treatments.) Carter provides soft peals of piano and Bailey weaves them together with dark washes of reverb, and other subtle electronic processing. There's also glitchy ambient music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto along with music from the recent Hilary Hahn & Hauschka release, "Silfra." And more.

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    Meetings of Two Tectonic Plates

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    For this New Sounds, listen to some of the remarkable and unexpected collaboration between concert violinist and improviser Hilary Hahn & the German composer and keyboard player, Hauschka.  They perform for us works for violin and prepared piano, based on their record, "Silfra," which was named for the crack in Iceland between the American and Eurasian continents where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year.  Interestingly, these live performances are different from the ones on "Silfra," because all of the pieces are improvised. 

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    Hauschka's Prepared Piano

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    For this New Sounds, we'll hear music from Hauschka, also known as  Volker Bertelmann. He's a German composer whose indie-chamber/post-rock music revolves around the sound of the prepared piano.  He'll prepare our Steinway and play live.  That, and more.

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    Pick 3, June 11

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    Three new songs you should know about, from John Schaefer.

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    The New Canon

    Breaking the Rules with Berio, Brittelle, Burhans and More

    Monday, June 04, 2012

    This week's new-release show features recordings by Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, violist Garth Knox and Caleb Burhans. A special highlight is a new recording of Berio's piano music by Francesco Tristano.

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    All in the Timing with Wergo, Hilary Hahn, Hauschka and More

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    This week on the New Canon, we help German label Wergo celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking music with a handpicked selection from their 5-disc, commemorative box set, Music of Our Time, featuring music by Nono, Stravinsky, Schnebel, Stockhausen and Cage. It's our album (or, rather, albums) of the week.

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    Spinning on Air

    Pianissimo

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

    The piano, or, to use its full name, pianoforte, earned its name because it can be played both quietly (piano) and loudly (forte). Lately there seems to be a trend toward the quiet side. Suddenly there are a number of young composer/pianists exploring a relaxed and alert sensibility in their music. David Garland presents an hour pianissimo pianos.

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    Hauschka's Prepared Piano

    Thursday, June 02, 2011

    For this New Sounds, we'll hear music from Hauschka, also known as  Volker Bertelmann. He's a German composer whose indie-chamber/post-rock music revolves around the sound of the prepared piano.  He'll prepare our Steinway and play live.  That, and more.

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    Northern Horns

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Hear the startling sounds of horns...of the North...on this New Sounds.  There's Alpine music for horns by the Russian composer Arkady Shilkloper, a member of the Moscow Art Trio, along with Danish composer Niels-Ole Bo Johansen's trombones and electronics.  Not to be outdone, Hauschka, (aka German pianist/composer Volker Bertelmann), has been at it again.  This time a playful collaborative “post-classical” record, “Salon des Amateurs,” with Calexico members John Convertino and Joe Burns, múm’s drummer Samuli Kosmine, and a guest spot by violinist Hilary Hahn. 

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    Music for Solo Piano

    Saturday, December 18, 2010

    "Solo" can mean several things, including playing inside on the piano strings, preparing the instrument, and even just playing on the keys.  We’ll hear all of the above, in music by Jon Balke, John Cage, Stephen Scott, Hauschka, and Hans Otte.

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    EuroMinimalism, Part 1

    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    Though it developed in the States, Minimalism has spread, and now post-minimal music can be heard on both sides of the Atlantic. We'll hear music by Hauschka, Howard Skempton, Max Richter, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Wim Mertens, and more.  Hauschka is the alias of German pianist/composer Volker Bertelmann, who playfully explores the  ‘prepared’ piano in his works.  We'll hear something from his latest release - "Ferndorf."  There's also music by British composer Howard Skempton, Belgian minimalist Wim Mertens, and much more.

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    A Musical Travelogue

    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Listen to a musical tour through cities of Eastern Europe (mostly) on this New Sounds program.  German composer Max Richter presents his latest collection of ringtones for piano, "24 Postcards in Full Colour."

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