UA Music professor Er-Gene Kahng and composer Ryan Cockerham explore the universe of non-narrative film and music with the music of Alvin Lucier and short films of Stan Brakhage in their first event for the Fuse New Music series.
Rodion Shchedrin's description of cantabile is "to express firstly a certain tension in the 'soul' of the notes, and also the manner in which they are produced. The term also refers to the juxtaposition, interweaving, conflict and resolution of the soloist's singing lines against the orchestra." Hear the fascinating work performed by Maxim Vengerov, violin, and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich on Tuesday's program.
Composer Dmitri Tymoczko asks what music composers should write when we carry the whole history of music in our pockets. His answer is to "make music that weaves between stylistic poles in a way that is unexpected and entertaining ... an attempt to find hidden roads connecting the familiar places we love." One piece that attempts this is his chamber work "Eggman Variations." Catch it on Tuesday's program.
Pianist Anna Shelest says of Schumann's first piano sonata "when you listen to the F sharp minor sonata you are not only hearing music of immense beauty but also of fantastic strangeness, and strangeness always accompanies great art." Hear her new recording of this strangeness on Monday's program.
The new release from vocal ensemble Voces8 takes on light. Titled "Lux" the tracks, ranging from Thomas Tallis to Ben Folds, bring radience, hope and comfort. Catch new music from Voces8 on Thursday's program from 11-noon Central on KUAF and 6-7 p.m. on KUAF-2.
"These were the kinds of tools for which Beethoven conceived his scores -- the raw, intimate and human sounds in his mind as he navigated the turmoil of extremes in these new works," writes Matt Haimovitz regarding approaching Beethoven on period instruments that were used when Beethoven was in the midst of composing his genius. Hear Matt Haimovitz, violoncello, and Christopher O'Riley, fortepiano, perform Beethoven's Sonata in G minor, op. 5, no. 2 from their new release Beethoven, Period. on Monday's program.
Bohemian composer Vitezslav Novak paid tribute to Dvorak, a teacher of his in Prague, in his symphonic work "Eternal Longing," although the title was inspired from the Hans Christian Andersen's Picture Book without Pictures. Catch this fascinating piece on Friday's program from 11-noon on KUAF as well as 6 p.m. on KUAF-2.
Leonard Bernstein wrote his Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" in 1954. Although there is no literap program for the serenade the movements correspond with elements from the philosopher's work. Hear the fascinating piece featuring violinist Zina Francescatti on Wednesday's program.