NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration

This week, NPR’s First Listen program is sharing a streaming preview of Ayhem, a collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner of the National. Out via Anti Records on November 5th, the recording is Dessner’s first full length album of concert works. That said, Dessner is no newbie to writing for classical instruments; he has composed forContinue reading “NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration”

Dmitri Tymoczko – Crackpot Hymnal

Dmitri Tymoczko Crackpot Hymnal Bridge Records CD In recent decades, there’s been a move in some American academic circles to put more separation between the disciplines of music composition and music theory. It seems especially curious to those of us who have, to greater or lesser degrees, modeled our careers and aesthetics on our forebears,Continue reading “Dmitri Tymoczko – Crackpot Hymnal”

Where to begin …

Someone asked me where to start with recordings of the Britten song cycles. I would say always start with the source: Britten/Pears. Then anything recorded with Graham Johnson. Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Phillip Langridge, and Robert Tear are also important to hear. I go back and forth on Bostridge. Are there more? Of course, but these willContinue reading “Where to begin …”

Monday: NYNME Features Foss

Monday at the DiMenna Center, New York New Music Ensemble presents a program of works by Lukas Foss (1922-2009). Lukas (with whom I studied in the 90s when I was at BU) was a man of many musical talents with a near-omnivorous interest in a host of musical styles. Rather than try to present aContinue reading “Monday: NYNME Features Foss”

10/19: Dar Williams at Symphony Space

On Saturday, October 19th at 8 PM, Singer-songwriter Dar Williams will perform at New York City’s Symphony Space. The concert is part of a tour in support of Williams’s latest studio album, In The Time Of Gods (2012, Razor & Tie). The album presents ten tales from Greek mythology which are repurposed by Williams to address contemporary issues. Like much ofContinue reading “10/19: Dar Williams at Symphony Space”

October 16: Cygnus Ensemble at Italian Academy

On Wednesday evening at 7 PM, the Cygnus Ensemble presents Modernism Through a Northern Italian Lens, a free concert at the Italian Academy at Columbia University featuring premieres by five contemporary composers: Giacomo Manzoni, Peyman Farzinpour, Daniele Venturi, John McLachlan, and Martin Boykan. The evening also features works by Dina Koston and Robert Martin as well as Columbia composers Fred Lerdahl and Georg Friedrich Haas. AContinue reading “October 16: Cygnus Ensemble at Italian Academy”