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Chaya Czernowin

Wintersongs wanted to grow. It was as if the original was a photograph on which I could first paint and then write, and later erase and even glue on diverse media.

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Bernard Rands

I put myself in touch with an area of myself that I would not otherwise be in touch with, and when I offer my music to an audience, I offer them the same opportunity to be in touch with an area of themselves that they wouldn’t otherwise be. That, for me, is the main role of music of all kinds. -Bernard Rands

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The Dark Hours

Faithful to the Tenebrae tradition, underlining the echo between voice and continuo, Lalande brings out feelings of penitence and delight, lamentation and hope in these “lessons of darkness”.

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Chou Wen-chung

I am influenced by the philosophy that governs every Chinese artist, whether he be poet or painter, namely, affinity to nature in conception, allusiveness in expression, and terseness in realization.

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Heart & Breath

The wild vagaries of the heart unite the four works on this disparate first half, which preface Amy Beth Kirsten’s innovative interpretation of the commedia dell’arte.

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Reich + Bach

Reich made himself a student all over again and set out on another journey, to Israel. Tehillim (1981), his first explicitly Jewish piece, is his symphony of psalms.

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Tower + Bach

Falling out of euphony, the instruments are then set racing again. Another slowing brings back the scale, rising in broad octaves to a last bubbling torrent and a spacious close.

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Liza Lim

The ambiguities and iridescences of her music seem to derive from a keen, searching awareness of music’s basic qualities of sound and time.

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40 Years of Renaissance Polyphony

Though often creating textural clarity through the antiphonal grouping of three upper and three lower voices, Josquin’s motet is unusually dense in construction. Imitation is tightly woven, nearing true canon at times, and creates a musical canvas as huge and abstract as its subject matter.

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Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Often collaborative, nearly always multiform, frequently depending on interactions between live participants (whether musicians, dancers, or spectators) and computer- stored material, Barrière’s work does not lend itself easily to normal recording media – which makes this concert an especially rare and valuable event.

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The Phoenix Rising

This repertoire also profoundly influenced a whole new generation of English composers—Howells, Tippett, and Britten amongst them. In short, the impact of Tudor Church Music was huge.

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Unsuk Chin

We may learn little about Chin as a person from her compositions. Yet we will learn a lot about music, and the projection of feeling, fantasy, and wit through gorgeous, reeling, iridescent sound.

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