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Monday, July 21, 2008

Garth Knox, “D’Amore”

As the violist of the Arditti String Quartet, Garth Knox has played some of the music world’s most outrageous pieces, including going up in a helicopter to play in Karlheinz Stockhausen’s notorious Helicopter Quartet. Maybe all that noise got to him, because on his new solo record, ...

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Performance Today: Live in Aspen

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Join host Fred Child for this special performance recorded live in Aspen. The concert features Rachmaninoff preludes from pianist Lang Lang; a Mozart piano trio featuring violinist Julia Fischer, cellist Daniel Muller-Schott and pianist Jonathan Gilad; and South American works from guitarist Sharon Isbin.

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Lionel Loueke

Friday, July 18, 2008

West African Lionel Loueke is the guitarist on Herbie Hancock’s "River: The Joni Letters," which just won a Grammy for best album of 2007. He is now releasing his Blue Note debut, Karibu, which includes appearances by Hancock himself and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Lionel Loueke joins us to talk about ...

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Cherchez la femme

Friday, July 18, 2008

Contrary to the origins of the phrase, this New Sounds program showcases works celebrating the female voice. Hear music that spans centuries and crosses cultures, including creations from Lisa Gerrard, Mediaeval Baebes, and Muriel Louveau. Also, Canadian vocalist and composer Laurel MacDonald contributes richly-textured music featuring eclectic instrumentation and soundscapes ...

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Deerhoof/Metropolis Ensemble Live Webcast

Friday, July 18, 2008

WNYC and NPR Music team up to bring you this live webcast from the Prospect Park Bandshell, which pairs indie rock sensation Deerhoof with the progressive Metropolis Ensemble. Presented by Celebrate Brooklyn! and Wordless Music, and hosted by David Garland, the program features an ambitious re-imagining of Igor Stravinsky's ...

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Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene

Thursday, July 17, 2008

On his new solo album "Something For All Of Us," Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene steps out of the shadow of his 19-member group to show off his talent as a songwriter. But Canning doesn't completely forsake his band family; the album features performances from members of BSS and ...

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Music to the Extreme

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ever seen a marching band of 100 tubas? Or an orchestra made up of 200 electric guitarists and bassists? Frank J. Oteri, editor of web magazine NewMusicBox, and Frank Scheffer, director of the new DVD "Helicopter String Quartet," join us to talk about some of the most bizarre music performances ...

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Deerhoof/Metropolis Ensemble Live Webcast

Thursday, July 17, 2008

WNYC and NPR Music team up to bring you this live webcast from the Prospect Park Bandshell, which pairs indie rock sensation Deerhoof with the progressive Metropolis Ensemble. Presented by Celebrate Brooklyn! and Wordless Music, and hosted by David Garland, the program features an ambitious re-imagining of Igor Stravinsky's ...

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Rite of Spring: Remixed

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Conductor Andrew Cyr and DJ Ricardo Romaneiro bring Stravinsky into the 21st century with an electronic reinvention of "The Rite of Spring." They join us in the Soundcheck studio to share the secrets of setting Stravinsky's most famous work to keyboards, laptops, brass and drums.

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The Magic of Shea Stadium

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

After four decades, the place that helped pioneer the stadium rock show is calling it quits. On the eve of Shea Stadium's final concert, we look back at some of the ballpark's musical highlights -- from the Beatles' 1965 famed appearance to shows by the Who, Simon & Garfunkel and ...

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Lang Lang

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

25-year-old pianist Lang Lang is one of the most talked-about classical musicians of our day. He joins us to share his new memoir "Journey of a Thousand Miles," which chronicles his journey from an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today.

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The (Not So) Great Music Festival

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summer festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza are billed as critical cultural events wrapped up in the greatest party on the planet. But with soaring ticket prices, searing heat, tired line-ups, and defective port-o-potties, are they really such fun? Today, Annie Holub, contributor for Pop Matters, and Mark Guarino, music writer ...

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CD Picks of the Week

Monday, July 14, 2008

Vladimir Horowitz, "Horowitz in Hamburg: The Last Concert" (Deutsche Grammophon)

In June 1987, the great Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz arrived in Hamburg, Germany at the end of a long European tour. He was 83 and it turned out to be his last public engagement. Fortunately, there were microphones from North ...

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Kim and Kelley Deal

Friday, July 11, 2008

Kim Deal spent the 1980's and 1990's at the top of alternative music in bands like The Pixies and The Breeders. Now, Deal and The Breeders (including her twin sister Kelley) have returned from a six-year hiatus with the album "Mountain Battles." Deal and her twin sister (and fellow Breeder) ...

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China Aims for Gold in Classical

Friday, July 11, 2008

In China, somewhere between 30 million and 100 million children are said to be learning piano, violin or both. Concert halls are full. And classical music will play a significant role in the Summer Olympics. But New Yorker music critic Alex Ross had some doubts about China’s music boom. We ...

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The Real Tuesday Weld

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Meet British artist Stephen Coates, better known as The Real Tuesday Weld. The guy who loves making something modern with old instruments and styles is back... with a big band. He plays a few songs off of his newest album, "The London Book of the Dead."

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Escher String Quartet

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Just three years old, the Escher String Quartet is one of the hot young quartets on the scene today. The group's the Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Festival and rapidly rising in the classical world. They'll play live for us in our studio and explain what it means to make ...

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Malcolm McLaren

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

He managed Sid Vicious, and ran for Mayor of London. Now, Malcolm McLaren is taking on Times Square. He tells us about his latest project, setting old stag film footage to a new rock 'n roll soundtrack and showing it outside at 44th and Broadway.

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Live Albums on Life Support

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Back in the swingin’ ‘70s, Peter Frampton won his fanbase on the strength of "Frampton Comes Alive." Today's concert recordings and DVDs don’t pack the same punch -- they often round out "deluxe editions" and pad record contracts. In another Soundcheck Smackdown, we debate the live album format with writer ...

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'Footloose' and a Favor

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Thomas Bartlett has been a trusty sideman to many major New York artists, including David Byrne, Antony and the Johnsons, Yoko Ono and the National. He's earned acclaim for solo work released under the moniker Doveman. So why on earth would a 26-year-old rising star spend weeks overhauling the cheesy ...

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