Three pieces this week:
John Adams’ Fearful Symmetries (1988), with Adams conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with synthesizer. Adams is quoted in the notes calling the work “confrontational” but it has humor as well, including “Liberace in Hell,” a section where the synth “becomes a campy silent-movie organ.” The notes also point out that early on, “the melodic line is suavely crooned by the ‘lounge lizard’ quartet of saxophones, English horn, and bassoon.” I love that.
Finally, one of my favorite “new music” pieces, Ezra Laderman’s 1962 Nonette for six winds, violin, cello and piano, recorded by the New York Philomusica in 1996 for this 2-cd set (which has 5 more tracks than listed at that page). Hope you enjoy. The BPRD airs Sundays at 2pm, with repeats Tuesdays at 11am and Fridays at 7pm.