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      Carl's Morning Quiz: The Viennese composer Emil von Reznicek was born on this date in 1860--155 years ago today. His compositions include 5 symphonies, a violin concerto, chamber music, and operas. Today he is best remembered for the overture to his opera Donna Diana. The overture served as the theme music for an American radio, and later, television series. What was the name of either series? Answer >>


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      By The Associated Press The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has played a free outside concert in the city as tensions appear to be easing after the riots. The symphony played around lunchtime and dozens of people gathered and sang the national anthem as the orchestra played along. The concert is part of the city’s efforts to more... more...

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      The playlist: electronic/experimental – Tristan Perich, Sabrina and more

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      Tectonics review – classical meets abstract sound-art in fruitful festival collision

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      Brilliantly eclectic experimental festival whose highlight was the glowing, graceful and intensely quiet and detailed music of Eliane Radigue

      Rapt, intensely subtle, exquisitely slow, the music of Eliane Radigue was the heart and soul of this year’s Tectonics festival. The 82-year-old French composer was a pioneer of electronic music in the 1950s and for decades only produced synthesiser sound-art, but it was her recent acoustic series Occam Occean that featured in two concerts here, with playing of virtuosic control from harpist Rhodri Davies, bassoonist Dafne Vincente-Sandoval, cellist Charles Curtis and tuba-player Robin Hayward.

      They dovetailed ultra-quiet sounds to reveal infinite gradations of pitch, timbre and overtones, culminating in a glowing, graceful quartet. Radigue’s message is uplifting: slow down, listen in close and marvel at the radiant colours contained in the detail. Occam Occean was an enlightened stroke of programming, if only because it magnified every molecule of every piece heard subsequently. (The microscope was more welcome in some cases than others, but still.)

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      Facing the music: Kristjan Järvi

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