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A Blog Supreme
12:33 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

'Treme' Ep. 23: Long Black Lines

DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) interviews John Boutte about an unreleased recording of his.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

For all the plot development in the series' infancy, last Sunday's episode of Treme was unusually saturated in live performances. The second half of the episode, especially, seemed like one concert after another. Here with me to recap the musical goings-on is WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:09 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Neglected Symphonies By A Great Dane

Vagn Holmboe is considered Denmark's finest composer of symphonies after Carl Nielsen.
Jesper Hom Dacapo records

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:07 pm

Most would agree that Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996) was Denmark's greatest symphonist after Carl Nielsen and Rued Langgaard. So it's something of an occasion that the three chamber symphonies from the latter half of his career finally see the light of day on this new release on the Dacapo label.

Without a wasted note, this is rigorously compact, sinewy music that grows on you with each listening. The composer's principle of thematic metamorphosis is evident throughout these world premiere recordings.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:03 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78'

Philip Glass (left) and Beck.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:58 am

The latest tease from this fall's upcoming collection of remixed Philip Glass tunes comes from Beck. The 20-minute song, "NYC: 73-78," includes snippets from more than 20 Glass songs, which Beck cut together and re-imagined.

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Live in Concert
6:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

L.A. Phil Live: Gustavo Dudamel Conducts 'The Rite Of Spring' In Concert

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads his forces through a vibrant opening-weekend performance of Stravinsky, Stucky and Ravel on Sept. 30, 2012.
Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:12 am

If there were a Guinness World Records entry for "Most Infamous Music Premiere," Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring would almost certainly take the prize. The year was 1913. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris was packed to the rafters in anticipation of the next ballet from the team that had produced The Firebird and Petrushka.

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Mountain Stage
1:40 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Hot Club of Cowtown.
JR Ancheta Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:42 am

Hot Club of Cowtown makes its fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The band formed in 1996, when guitarist and singer Whit Smith answered an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James.

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Music
3:42 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Son Jarocho, The Sound Of Veracruz

Las Cafeteras, from Los Angeles, have made their own version of the classic son jarocho song "La Bamba."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 9:56 pm

Betto Arcos is the host of Global Village, a world music show on KPFK in Los Angeles, and a native of Xalapa, capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz. He recently spoke with Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, about son jarocho — a style of music played mostly in the south of his home state. He says the music is so vibrant because it comes from the Caribbean side of Mexico and has all the influences of that region: African, indigenous and Spanish.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:14 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.
Fethi Belaid AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:46 pm

I can't think of anything I loved more than talking to Leonard Bernstein. Or, more accurately, listening to him talk — about music or any topic under the sun. I remember a long discourse we had about one of my favorite books, Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, and Bernstein's summarizing statement: "Well, of course, every author spends his whole life writing the same book."

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Mountain Stage
3:25 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Arthur Alligood On Mountain Stage

Arthur Alligood
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:16 am

Singer-songwriter Arthur Alligood makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Alligood won the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong contest, beating out more than 2,000 other entries based on the quality of his songwriting and performances.

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World Cafe
3:17 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

Mumford and Sons.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 1:03 pm

It took a while, but the London folk-rock band Mumford & Sons broke big with its 2009 debut album, Sigh No More. The album combines the raspy vocals of singer Marcus Mumford with lush harmonies and rootsy instrumentation on tracks that range from soothing to rocking.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:08 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Gustavo Dudamel On The Magic Of Stravinsky's 'Crazy Music'

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:46 pm

This Sunday, a landmark composition of the 20th century will be webcast by NPR, and led by the quintessential 21st century conductor: 31-year-old Gustavo Dudamel, who will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). Dudamel spoke about his experience of this earthshaking piece with All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.

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