#115 Modern Concerto

The ultimate instrumental showcase, the concerto has inspired composers to torture performers for hundreds of years, relentlessly pushing their physical capabilities. Now that performers have virtually no limits on their technique, how are composers innovating this storied form? Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Jesse McQuarters Kimmo Hakola: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, I (excerpt), IV … Continue reading #115 Modern Concerto

#114 Crossing Barriers

A big trend in the 2000’s saw contemporary music ensembles commissioning composers not to write new pieces for them but to arrange music by pop artists. We’ll listen to music from two such collaborations: Alarm Will Sound performing arrangements of electronic musician Aphex Twin and Osso Quartet’s arrangements of indie pop superstar Sufjan Stevens. Hosted … Continue reading #114 Crossing Barriers

#113 In the Field: Finland Part 2

Part II of our field trip to Finland features more interviews and performances of music by leading and emerging composers from this incredible musical hotbed. Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Jesse McQuarters Magnus Lindberg: Kraft (excerpt) Toimii Ensemble/Esa-Pekka Salonen Ondine 1017 2:05 Sebastian Fagerlund: Isola, II Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Dima Slobodeniouk BIS 1707 6:42 Juhani Nuorvala: … Continue reading #113 In the Field: Finland Part 2