Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from March 28, 2017 Options

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Options March 28, 2017: A440, Op. 4, No. 23

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Artist Track Album Comments Approx. start time
Felicia Sandler  Pulling Radishes   Options   New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble  0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Thomas Adès  Asyla, Op. 17, III. Ecstasio (1997)   Options   London Symphony Orchestra. From the composer: "So I bought some techno music and listened to it, just quietly, to get the structure rather than blast my head off. I realised that, in techno, you have to repeat things 32 or 64 times. So I tried to orchestrate it one night in my living room, repeating all these figures over and over, on this massive score paper, 30 staves to a page. At 3am, I went to bed and, as I sat there, realised my heart had stopped beating. I thought, 'Christ, I'm having a heart attack'. I rang the hospital and then they sent an ambulance. My heart gradually started again, but very shallowly. The ambulance took me to the Royal Free, where I waited for two hours among other Saturday night casualties. And finally a doctor saw me and said, 'You hyperventilated'. I thought, 'Thank God. It's not my heart, it's just my brain...' " — Thomas Adès, The Independent, 27 May 1999  0:12:16 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Dmitri Shostakovich  Cello Concerto No. 1, in E-flat Major, Op. 107, IV. Finale   Options   Valery Gergiev, cello with Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg  0:17:05 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken Thomson  Restless, I. Restless   Options   Ashley Bathgate, cello and Karl Larson, piano  0:27:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Luciano Berio  Wasserklavier (1970)   Options   Tamara Anna Cislowska, piano. And on the topic of repetitions vis-a-vis Satie, here's a note on this piece from the publisher: " although it is tonal music, using motifs from Brahms’ Op. 117 and Schubert’s Op. 142, the ending remains somehow unresolved – perhaps with a question mark or leaving the impression that the music could continue …"  0:32:33 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Garth Stevenson  Horizon   Options Flying    0:35:35 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Frederic Mompou  Impressions intimas, IV. Secreto (Secret)   Options     0:39:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pierre Boulez  Une page d'ephermeride (2005)   Options   Marc Ponthus, piano  0:42:06 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
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Pierre Boulez  Le Marteau sans maitre, No. 1. Avant l'artisanat furieux (1955)   Options     0:52:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pierre Boulez  Le Marteau sans Mmaitre, No. 2. Commentaire I. de bourreaux de solitude (1955)   Options     0:53:27 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm tuner fish:

fantastic piece!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm tomasz.:

hi Bethany! that was good stuff
Avatar 8:15pm Bethany Ryker:

Hola Everyone!! Glad to be back!!
  8:15pm Mark Williams:

I've never seen a better back-story to a song played, ever.
  8:16pm Eugene R.:

Pulling Radishes? I did that in the garden last year. If only I knew how good it actually sounds!
  8:17pm Rynac:

This sounds like what "West Side Story" would have been in 1999 instead of 1957
  8:19pm bunyan:

Thanks for introducing me to Adés, whose work I see you've programmed a number of times recently. ("It's just my brain", indeed...) Could you work in something from his contemporary and fellow Londoner, Tarik O'Regan?
Avatar 8:19pm Bethany Ryker:

@Mark W, I'm with you there! We'll never know, but maybe Shostakovich had a similar experience with this piece after hearing a balalaika?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm tomasz.:

kind of reminds me of the pianist who tackled the whole of Satie's "Vexations" and had to quit like 18 hours in because he was seeing demons and strange shapes coming out of the score at him
  8:26pm JakeGould:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm tuner fish:

There is a rumor about Stravinsky having had a heart attack after the first time he heard a synthesizer.
  8:27pm bunyan:

I could sort of believe that the pianist was seeing those because Satie *put* them in there...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm tomasz.:

"Evans played continuously for 15 hours until he reached repetition 595, when he suddenly stopped; he was in a daze and left immediately. He writes: 'I would not play this piece again. I felt each repetition slowly wearing my mind away. I had to stop. If I hadn't stopped I'd be a very different person today... People who play it do so at their own great peril'. Valerie Butler, a member of the audience, writes that Evans said 'he had to stop because his mind became full of evil thoughts, animals and "things" started peering out at him from the score'. Another pianist, Linda Wilson, came forward and completed the performance; she said that 'it didn't affect [her] at all and she could have kept on playing'. Valerie Butler felt that Wilson's taking over the performance was 'a travesty' and she did not stay for the last seven hours of the event." www.gavinbryars.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm tuner fish:

man, those last seven hours are where it's AT!
Avatar 8:32pm Bethany Ryker:

Vexing!! @bunyan - nice one, that Satie the animals and things peering out of the score that Evans saw were placed there by the composer. Love that!!
  8:36pm Mark Williams:

so Bethany, this is the first time I've heard your show. I passed along a recent Micah show to some friends in email and was asked by one of them which DJs I could recommend on WFMU. I realized as I was responding that I rarely listen in the evenings, and so know very little about the nocturnal activities of the station. So I turned you on and voila, another show that reveals how wonderfully varied and instructive the station is. Thank you.
Avatar 8:37pm Bethany Ryker:

@bunyan - Tarik O'Regan next week for sure!! Thanks for the request. Anyone else out there curious about a particular composer or general topic? Come forth!
  8:39pm bunyan:

On thinking about this a bit more, I have to marvel at the "stamina" (or whatever you'd call it) of audience members sticking it out on Vexations that long. There were people who treated listening to "In C" or "Four Organs" -- for *far less* time -- as "human rights violations"...
Avatar 8:39pm Bethany Ryker:

My pleasure, Mark! This show was a derivation of a 3-hour show I did back in the day, after another DJ asked me what I listened to that I didn't program on my show. The answer was Brahms.
  8:41pm Mark Williams:

When I go home to visit my mother, she is a fount of knowledge with so-called Classical music and it's constantly on in the house. After that, I make my peace and return to normal programming as it were, but there's certainly something inside me that stirs for the tradition behind these compositions. Might be my half-German side...
  8:50pm rbxbex:

  8:56pm bunyan:

I was intrigued by the title of the Boulez piece, "Une page d'ephermide". Apparently, it was intended as part of a cycle of pieces for solo piano. Do you know whether he ever finished that?
Avatar 8:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I'm always raising an auditory stink about this book:
- which posits that Music uses more parts of the brain @ once than any other activity. I find is interesting that here is finally some scientific validation of Music's power - when it's so often considered ephemeral...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm tomasz.:

cheers for another great show!
  9:00pm bunyan:

Thank you for yet another wonderful assortment!
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