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Between Two Worlds (Special Podcast)

Monday, February 10, 2014

WNYC
Listen to music between two worlds: works with elements of classical music-be it orchestra, choral, or chamber music- which also embrace elements of pop, rock and electronic music.

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The Takeaway

100 Years of the Harmonica

Monday, February 10, 2014

Today marks 100 years since the birth of the man who forever changed the harmonica. Larry Adler, who died in 2001, spent his life transforming the harmonica from a folksy toy for amateurs into an instrument with a home in concert halls. Harmonica player, Robert Bonfiglio, was a friend of Adler’s and he joins us to mark Larry Adler's 100th birthday.

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Soundcheck

Check Ahead: Art Decade, 'Art Decade'

Monday, February 10, 2014

Art Decade is part of a small boom young bands playing earnest and ambitious orchestral pop full of sweeping strings, big choruses and epic melodic peaks. Hear the Boston band's self-titled sophomore album in its entirety before its release next week.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

American Concert Audiences Have Changed

Monday, February 10, 2014

From the July, 1942 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Ewen is an authority on musical history, and the author of several books including The Man With the Baton, Musical Vienna, and Music Comes to America.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Spektral Quartet's 'Chambers' Conveys a Vintage Sheen

Monday, February 10, 2014

Listening to "Chambers," the inaugural release from both the Spektral Quartet and their fellow Chicagoans, one could hardly imagine a more promising debut. Stream the full album all this week.

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The Greene Space

Vote for Manhattan's Best Band

Monday, February 10, 2014

Which of these five undiscovered musical acts should be crowned Manhattan's best? Watch their performances, then vote for your favorite by Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11:59pm ET

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KEXP Presents: John Doe With Mike McCready

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pearl Jam's lead guitarist recently made a surprise visit to KEXP's studios to perform with John Doe, leader of the pioneering American punk band X. Watch the two of them play X's "See How We Are."

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Song Premiere: Death, 'North Street'

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Detroit proto-punk group Death had a short and mostly forgotten run in the 1970s, but its music has caught on in recent years. The band's groundbreaking work is remembered on a newly released song, from an upcoming compilation of Death demos.

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Chamber Music Society

As Night Descends

Monday, February 10, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features a program of music for the night — Chopin, Bloch and Wolff — with soloists Alisa Weilerstein, Inon Barnatan and Alessio Bax.

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Exploring Music

Shostakovich, Part I

Monday, February 10, 2014

One of the most celebrated composers in the 20th century, Shostakovich forged a musical language of colossal emotional power. This week will be the first half of a two-part series exploring the life and times of this fascinating composer.

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New Sounds

Synesthesia

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hear music that was imagined in colors. The featured composers in this episode of New Sounds have synesthesia, a rare neurological phenomenon where two or more of their senses cross wires and connect in an unusual way. While some synesthetes relate numbers to textures or words to tastes, these musicians see colors when hearing music and vice versa. Hear Andy Akiho’s and Michael Torke’s musical interpretations of yellow, Aphex Twin’s blue, Robert Fripp’s red, and a darker crimson from Akiho again. Also included in the episode are works by non-synesthetes — electronica artist Sam KDC with his track titled “Synesthesia,” a jazz power trio named after synesthetic artist Wassily Kandinsky, and Keith Jarrett with his improvisational take on light/dark.

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Pipedreams

Heiller and Homilius

Monday, February 10, 2014

You might think them an odd couple, but Anton Heiller from 20th century Austria and Gottfried August Homilius from 18th century Saxony both knew a thing or two about writing for the organ.

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The Takeaway

Why Romance Novels Sell | How Do They Do That? Olympic Curling and Speed Skating | 100 Years of the Harmonica

Monday, February 10, 2014

Do Wealthy Philanthropists Make a Difference? | How Do They Do That? Olympic Curling | How Do They Do That? Olympic Ice | Humanitarian Cease-fire in Syria | 100 Years of the Harmonica | Why Romance Novels Sell

Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Grammy-winning jazz drummer brings cuts from his new record to Lincoln Center. Download his track "Exodus."

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Soundcheck

Hear: Jeremy Messersmith, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hear the Minneapolis singer-songwriter play songs of his latest record, Heart Murmurs, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

B.J. Novak On Why He Loves French Songs; Jeremy Messersmith Plays Live

Monday, February 10, 2014

In this episode: B.J. Novak is best known for his role as Ryan, the ne’er-do-well temp from the NBC comedy The Office, as well as an actor in films like Inglorious Basterds and Saving Mr. Banks. He’s also a screenwriter, producer, and now, author of a new book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories And Other Stories. Novak shares a decades-spanning playlist of some of his favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's Pick Three series -- and talks about what he thinks is the most romantic song of all time.

And: Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith performs songs from his latest album, Heart Murmurs, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Beatles, As America First Loved Them

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Later, they'd get weird, experimental, and rebellious, but when the Beatles made their U.S. television debut 50 years ago, they were still just a band — but a magically brilliant band.

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The Handy Ambassador To New Zealand's Music Scene

Sunday, February 09, 2014

New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn is the front man for the pop band Crowded House. He speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new solo album, called Dizzy Heights.

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'When The Bus For The Record Label Comes By': Behind Hot Tone Music

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Facing no interest from record labels, jazz bassist Mimi Jones made two albums under her own imprint. Along the way, she signed two "amazing, bad-ass" musicians — who also happen to be black female instrumentalists.

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How A Stressful Night For Miles Davis Spawned Two Classic Albums

Sunday, February 09, 2014

On Feb. 12, 1964 a high-stakes gig and some backstage tension led to a singular performance caught on tape.

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