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Unconventional Piano Works

Friday, January 27, 2012

On this New Sounds, hear some unconventional piano works, including some amplified piano in a work by Charles Ives, “Serenity” as played by Jenny Q Chai from a collection of works, “New York Love Songs.”  Also from that same record, a work by Taiwanese composer Ashley Wang, involving digital piano.  Plus, from a new recording, listen to Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan.  The piano has been retuned to “play nicely” with the gamelan tunings in this world premiere recording featuring Gamelan Pacifica and pianist Adrienne Varner.  That and more.

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New Sounds

Music with Strings

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Hear lots of music featuring violin or viola on this New Sounds.  There are works by violinist/composer Matthew Pierce, including his "Office Parks and Strip Malls."  Also, we'll listen to Act 2 of a music theatre work "The Photographer" by Philip Glass and music from Lou Harrison.  Plus, Judd Greenstein's music for solo viola as played by Nadia Sirota - "Escape."  And more.

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New Sounds

"That Was Nice!"

Monday, February 21, 2011

Das war schön! (That was nice!) by the Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin invokes themes by Mozart, drawing on birdsong, freemasonry and parental innuendo in a five-movement concerto for percussion and orchestra. According to the composer’s program notes, the title refers to Mozart’s reaction to his caged bird being able to sing the main theme of the final movement of his 17th piano concerto, although with two small mistakes.

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New Sounds

Music with Strings

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hear lots of music featuring violin or viola on this New Sounds.  There are works by violinist/composer Matthew Pierce, including his "Office Parks and Strip Malls."  Also, we'll listen to Act 2 of a music theatre work "The Photographer" by Philip Glass and music from Lou Harrison.  Plus, Judd Greenstein's music for solo viola as played by Nadia Sirota - "Escape."  And more.

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New Sounds

Unconventional Piano Works

Friday, October 08, 2010

On this New Sounds, hear some unconventional piano works, including some amplified piano in a work by Charles Ives, “Serenity” as played by Jenny Q Chai from a collection of works, “New York Love Songs.”  Also from that same record, a work by Taiwanese composer Ashley Wang, involving digital piano.  Plus, from a new recording, listen to Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan.  The piano has been retuned to “play nicely” with the gamelan tunings in this world premiere recording featuring Gamelan Pacifica and pianist Adrienne Varner.  That and more.

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New Sounds

With Composer/Guitarist John Schneider

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Composer/guitarist John Schneider brings his microtonal guitars into the studio, to play his “Tombeau for Lou Harrison,” on this New Sounds.  Also, there's music by Lou Harrison for just intonation guitar, inspired by the Baroque era.

 

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