There are multiple ways humankind finds its path to wisdom and enlightenment - be they physical, philosophical, scientific, or religious means - and Steve explores several of them this week. Michael Torke's "Four Proverbs" takes a trove of Old Testament wisdom and fractures it into an irresistibly bouncy, pulsating work for soprano, winds and strings, while Paul Gibson's "Ritual Dances of the Divine Trinity" echoes the liturgical music of the Benedictine monks he heard at an abbey while growing up in France. The spiritual is balanced by the physical in works such as Nico Muhly's "Fast Dances" and Henrik Schwarz's "Walk Music," and the program culminates with the suite from Johann Johannssen's score to "The Theory of Everything."
"Synesthesia" is name for experiencing one of the five senses as another sense. For example, if you "hear" the color red as sounding a particular way, or conversely, "see" certain sounds as "red." Steve Seel has a sampling of contemporary classical works that describe different colors as music - including Lou Harrison's "Rhymes With Silver," the percussion work "Red" by Marc Mellits, and selections from the "Synesthesia Suite" by Andy Akiho. In the second hour, Steve features works from the cold climate countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic states, including Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Estonia.
Sometimes, what we all need more than anything is to slow down. It seems to be vibe that a lot of contemporary classical composers have picked up on, since if there's one prevailing atmosphere to the classical music of the 21st century in particular, it's contemplation. It's not all that way of course, but on this edition of Extra Eclectic, Steve puts a focus on the more reflective and slower-paced modern classical works - many of which just so happen to be quite moving.
Brian Eno made his primary fame in rock music, but to consider him simply a "rock producer" is one of the biggest mistakes you could make. His influence on subsequent generations of musical free-thinkers in classical, jazz, electronic, and avant-garde music has been incalculable.
As part of our Call to Mind initiative, classical host Steve Seel shares how music is one of the greatest resources we have in sustaining -- or mending -- our personal mental health. In Part 3, he notes that even the 'angsty' bits of music can be a musical refuge for mental health.
It's the meaningful, the meaningless, and all points in between on this week's show. Steve brings us ruminations on philosophical and religious subjects, from Krzysztof Penderecki's "Polish Requiem" to a piece called "The Last Question" from composer Nicholas Britell. Plus, Normal Dello Joio's "Meditations on Ecclesiastes" explores the meaning of life itself.
As part of our Call to Mind initiative, classical host Steve Seel shares how music is one of the greatest resources we have in sustaining -- or mending -- our personal mental health. In Part 2, we need music more than ever, he says, to help us deal with today's news cycle.
The electric violin has come a long way since its days as a staple of progressive rock and jazz fusion, when it very much sounded electric. This week on Extra Eclectic, you'll hear an electric violin as the featured solo instrument in a new work by Nico Muhly, and you just might mistake it for a real acoustic instrument. Steve Seel also features music by Jennifer Higdon, Gabriel Yared, Steve Reich, and much more.
As part of our Call to Mind initiative, classical host Steve Seel shares how music is one of the greatest resources we have in sustaining -- or mending -- our personal mental health. Because he's surrounded by amazing and profound music on a daily basis, he's in a unique position to understand how classical music is a lifeline to mental health.