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506 :: March 9, 2018 :: Morton Feldman

Tonight, Richard Friedman presents two characteristic pieces by Morton Feldman (1926-1987)


Morton Feldman by Phillip Guston

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Morton Feldman:

The Viola In My Life I-IV ( 1970-71)
  I: for viola, flute, violin, cello, piano, percussion
 II: for viola, flute, clarinet, celesta, percussion, violin, cello
III: for viola and piano
 IV: for viola and orchestra
   — Marek Konstantynowicz, viola;  Cikada Ensemble (I-III); Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Christian Eggen, cond (IV)
  ECM 1798  (2008)   (40′)

I Met Heine on Rue Fürstenberg (1971)
    Ensemble Recherche; Disque Montaigne MO 782018 (1994) (11:32)

 

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505 :: 2 March 2018 :: Xenakis!

Tonight, Richard Friedman presents four rarely heard pieces by the Xenakis.

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Iannis Xenakis  (1922-2001) – engineer, mathematician, architect, composer

Tracées (1987) for large orchestra
    Arturo Tamayo, cond. Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg
    Timpani/OPL 2002/2009  5C1177     (5:22)

Linaia-Agon (1972) for trombone, horn, tuba
    Group 7090
    Orgelpark Records 011-2012    (15:02)

Ata (1987) for large orchestra
    Arturo Tamayo, Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg
    Timpani/OPL 2002/2009  5C1177   (14:40)

Gmeeoorh (1974) for pipe organ
    Jan Hage, Verschueren Organ, Orgelpark, Amsterdam
    Orgelpark Records 011-2012    (18:19)

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504 :: February 22, 2018 :: PIANO(S)

On this program, Richard Friedman, presents two ways to look at the piano.

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Alvin Curran: For Cornelius
     Yvar Mikhashoff, piano. Mode 49

Henri Dutilleux: Figures Résonances; Preludes
    Robert Levin, ECM 2105

Alvin Curran: The Last Acts of Julian Beck
    Yvar Mikhashoff, piano.  Mode 49

Alvin Curran will be performing with Clark Coolidge at the 2018 Other Minds Festival on April 9th in San Francisco.

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503 :: 16 February 2018 :: Everything That Rises

Richard Friedman presents John Luther Adams’ new string quartet, his fourth, “Everything That Rises” just released on Cold Blue Music.

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John Luther Adams:  String Quartet #4 “Everything That Rises”
   JACK Quartet – Cold Blue Music  CB0051

Everything That Rises, commissioned by SFJAZZ and the JACK Quartet, is an ever-in-motion virtuosic just-intonation work built of a series of 16 ascending musical “clouds.” Its pitches are derived from the harmonics of the piece’s subsonic fundamental tone (C0).

The composer writes: “Everything That Rises, my fourth string quartet, grew out of Sila: The Breath of the World—a concert-length choral/orchestral work I composed on a rising series of 16 harmonic clouds. This music traverses that same territory, but in a much more melodic way. Each musician is a soloist, playing throughout. Time floats and the lines spin out, always rising, in acoustically perfect intervals that grow progressively smaller as they spiral upward…until the music dissolves into the soft noise of the bows, sighing.”

 

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502 :: 9 February 2018 :: Pierre Boulez

Richard Friedman continues sampling the legacy of the postwar avant garde. Tonight, music by Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)

 

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Boulez: Notations 1-4 (1945)
 Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano alternating with orchestral version with Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestre de Paris – Erato 2292-45493 (1990)

Boulez: Sur Incises (1998)
 Boulez, Ensemble Intercontemporain – DG 289 463 475 (2000)

Boulez: Notations 8-12
 Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano.  DG 445 833 (1995)

 

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501 :: 2 February 2018 :: John Cage Piano Music 1944-58

Richard Friedman presents early and rarely heard piano pieces by John Cage, performed by Steffen Schleiermacher.

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Experience (1944)

A Book of Music for 2 pianos (1944) – Part 1

Solo for Piano (1958)

Music for Marcel Duchamp (1947)

 — MDG 613 1731-2 (18 CDs)

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500(!) :: 26 January 2018 :: A Cause for Celebrations

This is our 500th program on KALW!

When we started this series in 2005, we never expected we’d still be at it 13 years later. And for this we first want to thank the staff of KALW and in particular its departing station manager, Matt Martin, for giving us this opportunity to present new concert music by (mostly) living composers — something you can only hear on just a handful of radio stations in this country these days.

Tonight, Richard Friedman returns with three works from the previous century that still ring new, as an offering to the electromagnetic continuum.

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Edgard Varese: ARCANA (1927) for large orchestra. Pierre Boulez conducts the New York Philharmonic on a Sony release from 1990.

Iannis Xenakis: Dox-Orkh (1991) for violin and orchestra. Irvine Arditti, violin, with the Moscow Philharmonic conducted by Jonathan Nott, from a 1996 BIS release.

Luciano Berio: Corale (1982) for violin and orchestra. Irvine Arditti, violin, with the Moscow Philharmonic conducted by Jonathan Nott, from a 1996 BIS release.

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499 :: January 19, 2018 :: Some Recent Releases

Richard Friedman starts off our 14th year of Music from Other Minds on KALW with a program of recent releases.

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Dalia Raudonikyte With: Grues et nix (1999) – Vilnius St Christopher Chamber Orchestra – New Focus Recordings FCR186

Martin Bresnick: Prayers Remain Forever (2011) – Ashley Bathgate (cello), Lisa Moore (piano) – Starkland ST-221

György Kurtág: Brefs Messages (2011), Double Concerto Op. 27 No. 2 (1990) – Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw conductor – ECM New 2506-7

Dalia Raudonikyte With: FCH for piano solo (2007)  – Šviesė Čepliauskaitė, piano – New Focus Recordings FCR186

Listen:

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429r :: 13 February 2017 :: Two by Catherine Lamb

A rebroadcast of an episode from 2015. Danny Clay presents two works by composer Catherine Lamb. 
( Please pardon the number of repeats we have been airing as we prepare for our 500th episode ! )

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Catherine Lamb
Periphery (for two)
Laura Steenberge and Julia Holter, voices and electronics.
Engraved Glass “Periphery” 2015

Catherine Lamb
Three Bodies (moving)
Erika Duke Kirkpatrick, cello; Erik KM Clark, Violin; Phil O’Connor, Bass Clarinet.
Another Timbre AT54R

 

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435r :: 06 October 2017 :: Play

Dennis Aman presents a String Quartet by Jason Carl Rosenberg, 
   and a Symphonic work by Andrew Norman.

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Jason Carl Rosenberg
String Quartet No. 1
JACK Quartet: Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violins; John Pickford Richards, 
   viola; Kevin McFarland, cello.
Unreleased Recording

Andrew Norman
Play (Level 1 – Level 2 – Level 3)
Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Gil Rose, conductor.
BMOP Sound 1040

 

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