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A positive spin on the Dies Irae

Composer Kenji BunchPhoto: Artslandia - Meg Nanna

July 29, 2022

The Dies Irae is a hymn from the old Latin Mass for the Dead. Composer Kenji Bunch once misspelled it by a letter - he wrote the word "Irie" - which, in Jamaican patois, loosely means "everything is okay." Join us for music with a positive spin on today's show: Dies Irie by Kenji Bunch.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johann Sebastian Bach: Flute Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1031 Movement 3: Allegro
James Austin Smith, oboe | Bridget Kibbey, harp
Album: Distance
TwoPianists Records 1039183

Kenji Bunch: Dies Irie
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin | Brad Ritchie, cello | Elizabeth Pridgen, piano
Atlanta Chamber Players, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Franz Xaver Sussmayr: Quintet for Flute, Oboe, String Trio
Linda Chesis, flute | James Austin Smith, oboe | Anna Elashvili, violin | Melissa Reardon, viola | Mihai Marica, cello
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, Christ Episcopal Church  Cooperstown,  NY

Steven Stucky: Chamber Concerto
Taipei Music Academy Festival Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Taipei Music Academy and Festival, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 III. Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace
Felicity James and Sarah Grimes, violins | Olivia Chew, viola | Austin Fisher, cello | Kenny Broberg, piano
Lakes Area Music Festival
MPR Recording

Giuseppe Martucci: Piano Quintet in C, Op. 45: Movements 1-2
Joanna Maurer and Louise Owen, violins | Michael Roth, viola | Peter Sanders, cello | Adrienne Kim, piano
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT

Steven Reineke: Sedona
Aspen Music Festival Orchestral Ensemble | Lawrence Isaacson, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO

Derrick Skye: American Mirror: Part II
Suliman Tekalli and Ravenna Lipchik, violins | Samantha Rodriguez, viola | Joseph Johnson, cello | Consensus Ensemble, vocal drone
Lakes Area Music Festival, Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, MN