Poster Bryce Dessner
This episode of 'Extra Eclectic' features music by composer Bryce Dessner.
Shervin Lainez
Extra Eclectic

Bryce Dessner: a composer for the 21st century

Extra Eclectic - May 22, 2024

There was a time you couldn’t expect to be taken seriously if you were a rock musician and attempted writing classical music (or vice-versa). Today, those old orthodoxies are gone, and there are a host of classically-trained rock artists who work comfortably in both spheres. Bryce Dessner is one of those, and he’s equally at home writing classical works as he is playing guitar in the critically-acclaimed band The National. Steve Seel features his Concerto for Two Pianos on the latest edition of Extra Eclectic.


Images from the Floating World: Ritmico; Energetico
Britta Bystrom
Anne Soe, violin
Dacapo 226724

Clarice Assad
Inna Faliks, piano
Dorian 92277

Valerie Coleman
Bright Shiny Things 203

A Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub
Anna Meredith
Ligeti Quartet
Mercury KX 4845720

Concerto for Two Pianos
Bryce Dessner
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Paris Orchestra
Katia & Marielle Labeque, pianos
DG 4818074

Perspective: Duality
Third Coast Percussion
Cedille 210

Inflection Point
Margaret Hermant/Neil Leiter/Gary De Cart
Echo Collective
7K! 24

Requiem for Discourse
Gordon Kennedy
Habemus Quartet
Non Profit 2011

Naive and Sentimental Music: 1st movement
John Adams
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Chandos 5199

The Listeners: Let Your Soul Stand Cool
Caroline Shaw
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
Philharmonia Baroque 12

Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch, piano
ECM 2799

Deep Listening: Suiren
Pauline Oliveros/Stuart Dempster/Panaiotis
Pauline Oliveros, voice
New Albion 22

An Economy of Means: Chorale
Robert Honstein
Doug Perkins, vibraphone
New Focus 202

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