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All Fours

Monday, April 20, 2015

Listen to music for quartets, but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin.

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New Sound of Early Music

Monday, July 28, 2014

Take a new look at early music on this New Sounds program.  Listen to selections from the Luce Trio, involving Indian Shruti box, saxophone, electric guitar and bass.  Their album is based based on and/or inspired by music of past centuries, both originals and reworkings. Also, there's music from the Irish music production company, Ergodos, based on the German hymn, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ by J.S. Bach.  Then, listen to Gregorian chant, remixed, by vocal group New York Polyphony, using alto and bass recorders, tin whistle, and violin.  Plus, music by Brian Eno, riffing on Pachelbel's Canon, and more.

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New Sounds

All Fours (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 17, 2014

WNYC

Listen to music for quartets on this New Sounds - but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello.  Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin.  Hear from the electric guitars of Dither Quartet, along with music from the Prism Sax Quartet (saxophones).  Then there's music from the Brooklyn-based percussion quartet Ensemble et al, - whose members "take a garage band approach" to chamber works, minimalism, modal jazz, and instrumental rock- on marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and drum set. (The KISS t-shirt in some of their online photos does wonders to set their tone.)

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New Sounds Live: The Hilliard Ensemble Farewell Tour

Thursday, February 06, 2014

From the New Sounds Live concert series, recorded live at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listen to the all-male band of British a cappella singers, The Hilliard Ensemble.  Founded in 1974 and named after the British miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard, this group has cut a distinct path in the fields of both old and new music. This concert was also a stop on their farewell tour, as the group will be disbanding in 2014, after 40 years together, performing music that spans the past millennium.

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New Sounds

Music for Cathedrals, Part 2

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Listen to more music written for, about, and in cathedrals on this New Sounds (part 2 of 2.)  Hear the famous 12th century hit tune first performed in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, “Viderunt Omnes” by Perotin, an example of organum, as sung by the Hilliard Ensemble. There’s also music by Joby Talbot which musically describes one of the great cathedrals in Spain - Léon.   Then there’s trombone music by Stuart Dempster from a recording made in the Great Abbey of Clement VI in the south of France –part of the Papal Palace in Avignon.  All that, and much more.

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New Sounds

All Fours

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Listen to music for quartets, but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Hilliard Ensemble's Farewell to New York Audiences

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hear one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, on Q2 Music. The program is part of the Hilliard's farewell tour, as the group will disband in late 2014.

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New Sounds Live

The Hilliard Ensemble Live at Temple of Dendur on Wed., Jan. 22, 7PM

Thursday, January 02, 2014

WNYC

On Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m., hear one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, as part of the New Sounds Live concert series. Founded in 1974 and named after the British miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard, this all-male band of British a cappella singers – a countertenor, two tenors, baritone or bass - has cut a distinct path in the fields of both old and new music.

The Hilliards may have come together initially to sing medieval and renaissance music, but works by living composers have featured in their programs since the start.  For this concert, they offer a program of music by Arvo Pärt, Alexander Raskatov, Vache Sharafyan and others. This appearance at The Temple of Dendur is part of the Hilliards’ farewell tour, as the group will be disbanding in 2014, after 40 years together.

This performance will be recorded for later broadcast on WNYC, and streamed live by Q2 Music at q2music.org.

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New Sounds

Requiem-Based New Music, Part II

Sunday, June 30, 2013

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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New Sounds

New Sound of Early Music

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Take a new look at early music on this New Sounds program.  Listen to selections from the Luce Trio, involving Indian Shruti box, saxophone, electric guitar and bass.  Their album is based based on and/or inspired by music of past centuries, both originals and reworkings. Also, there's music from the Irish music production company, Ergodos, based on the German hymn, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ by J.S. Bach.  Then, listen to Gregorian chant, remixed, by vocal group New York Polyphony, using alto and bass recorders, tin whistle, and violin.  Plus, music by Brian Eno, riffing on Pachelbel's Canon, and more.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

'In Search of the Miraculous' Blends Spiritual Music from Ireland to Armenia

Monday, February 18, 2013

The spirit of George Gurdjieff infuses "In Search of the Miraculous," a crowd-pleasing new recording from the Irish concert promoter, Louth Contemporary Music Society. Stream the album in full this week.

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New Sounds

Requiem-Based New Music, Part II

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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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New Sounds

The Song of Songs

Saturday, May 26, 2012

This New Sounds explores the many different approaches to the musical settings and interpretations of the beautiful poetry of the Biblical Song of Solomon.  We’ll hear from sources as wide-ranging as an English composer and priest in the Eastern Orthodox church, an Ethiopian music icon, and an Israeli singer.

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New Sounds

New Choral Music

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Listen to ethereal choral music on this New Sounds program from Latvia and Ireland.  Hear Latvian sacred music performed by the innovative State Choir Latvija. There's also music from Irish composer Deirdre McKay, who has composed works for the very same Latvian State Choir.   Plus, music from the Irish choir Anuna, and music from Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble's chart-topping classic, "Officium."

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New Sounds

The Song of Songs

Monday, May 09, 2011

This New Sounds explores the many different approaches to the musical settings and interpretations of the beautiful poetry of the Biblical Song of Solomon.  We’ll hear from sources as wide-ranging as an English composer and priest in the Eastern Orthodox church, an Ethiopian music icon, and an Israeli singer. 

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Cued Up

White Hot Credo

Sunday, January 16, 2011

As we enter the coldest days of winter, we invite you to banish the chills and stasis of January by listening to last November's transcendent White Light Festival: Credo - a live Web cast from the Church of St. Paul the Apostle featuring members of the Icelandic band, SigurRós, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Credo in Credo

Monday, November 22, 2010

Last Monday, November 15, we had the great pleasure of streaming Lincoln Center's White Light Festival: Credo, a truly inspiring show featuring world premieres by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, performed by a stellar roster of international ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Credo: Live Audio Webcast and Online Chat

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

On Monday at 7:30 pm, WQXR and Q2 present a live audio Web cast of Credo, an evening with members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra.

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