“Live at the 12 Bar” is now on vinyl via Earth Recordings.
Sarah Kirkland Snider’s recording Unremembered is out September 4th on New Amsterdam Records. Check out album track “The Witch” via the Soundcloud embed below.
Here is Michael Tilson Thomas, tonight’s guest conductor, with his regular “band,” the San Francisco Symphony, in Aaron Copland’s Orchestral Variations.
Also on the program, Quintets for Orchestra by my teacher Lukas Foss, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, and Charles Ives’s New England Holidays.
At the Festival of Contemporary Music today, we also heard the premiere of Julian Anderson’s Second String Quartet. A fascinating piece filled with alternate tunings and myriad playing effects, it is one that I will be pondering for a long while.
Here’s a video of a piece that I heard recently, Anderson’s Prayer for solo viola. It was played on a Locrian Chamber Players concert in New York.
Enjoyed hearing the premiere today at Tanglewood of Oscar Bettison’s string quartet. Here’s an excerpt from one of his best known works, O Death, played by the estimable Ensemble Klang.
Premiered by the BSO.
Celebrating ten years together, vocal ensemble Stile Antico has released the compilation Sing With the Voice of Melody on Harmonia Mundi. With works by Tallis, Gombert, Victoria, Clemens non Papa, William Byrd, and more, it is an embarrassment of riches and difficult to pick favorites. Happily, the group has recorded short videos to help you in your listening experience, each one explaining why a different piece was selected.
I am saddened to hear from his collaborator Michael Rother that Dieter Moebius has passed away at 71. An electronic music pioneer in the bands Cluster and Harmonia, he will be missed but his influence will remain palpable and formidable.