Recordings of Recent Library Commissions Now on Q2 Music

We are very excited to share news of a new collaboration that we have launched with Q2 Music, the 24/7 contemporary music stream of public radio stations WNYC/WQXR! Beginning on Friday, May 1, twenty recordings of recent Library commissions and co-commissions, as well as world and U.S. premiere performances that we have presented, are available for on-demand streaming at q2music.org. The recordings may be accessed at no cost from anywhere in the world. This special collaboration has been developed in commemoration of our 90th anniversary season. Since 1925, the Library of Congress’ commissioning entities have supported the creation of over 550 new works. This season alone, we have five new commissions or co-commissions, by an exciting and diverse range of composers–John Adams, Jefferson Friedman, Jennifer Higdon, George Lewis and Kaija Saariaho.

Stroviol from the Library of Congress Instrument Collection (Michael Zirkle/Library of Congress Music Division)

Stroviol from the Library of Congress Instrument Collection (Michael Zirkle/Library of Congress Music Division)

Below is a list of the recordings available at q2music.org, as well as the program booklets from the respective concerts. We hope you enjoy this wonderful new resource!

We’d like to extend thanks to Michael E. Turpin (Recording Engineer, Library of Congress) for preparing these recordings.

Jennifer Higdon | Viola Concerto
West Coast Premiere
Curtis Chamber Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Roberto Díaz, viola
Recorded Live, March 15, 2015–Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Program

John Adams | Second Quartet
East Coast Premiere
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Recorded Live, January 23, 2015–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Irving Fine, transcr. David Henning Plylar | Toccata Concertante for two pianos
World Premiere
Oliver Hagen and Daniel Pesca, pianists
Recorded Live, December 6, 2014–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Jefferson Friedman | The Heart Wakes Into
World Premiere
Chiara String Quartet
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Recorded Live, December 5, 2014–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program
Pre-Concert Conversation with Jefferson Friedman

George Lewis | The Mangle of Practice
World Premiere
Ensemble Dal Niente
MingHuan Xu, violin; Winston Choi, piano
Recorded Live, October 30, 2014–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program
Pre-Concert Conversation with George Lewis

Marc Neikrug | Tiger’s Nest
World Premiere
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Alexandra Wood, violin; Ulrich Heinen, cello; Huw Watkins, piano
Recorded Live, April 11, 2014–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program
Pre-Concert Conversation with Marc Neikrug and Oliver Knussen

Einojuhani Rautavaara | Variations for Five
World Premiere
Amphion String Quartet
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
Recorded Live, April 10, 2014–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Chaya Czernowin | Slow Summer Stay II: Lakes
World Premiere
Orchestra 2001; James Freeman, conductor
Recorded Live, May 3, 2013–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program
Pre-Concert Conversation with Chaya Czernowin

George Walker | Bleu
World Premiere
Gregory Walker, violin
Recorded Live, April 20, 2013–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program
Pre-Concert Conversation with George and Gregory Walker

Nico Muhly | Compare Notes
World Premiere
Daniel Hope, violin; Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Recorded Live, October 12, 2012–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program
Pre-Concert Conversation with Daniel Hope, Jeffrey Kahane, and Nico Muhly

Mario Davidovsky | Ladino Songs
World Premiere
Cygnus Ensemble
Recorded Live, March 7, 2012–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Harold Meltzer | Kreisleriana
World Premiere

Miranda Cuckson, violin; Blair McMillen, piano
Recorded Live, February 3, 2012–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Stephen Hartke | NETSUKE
World Premiere
eighth blackbird
Matt Albert, violin; Lisa Kaplan, piano
Recorded Live, May 20, 2011–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

David Bruce | The Shadow of the Blackbird
World Premiere
Bruce Levingston, piano
Recorded Live, May 6, 2011–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Sebastian Currier | Digital Mist
World Premiere
Colin Jacobsen, violin; Bruce Levingston, piano
Recorded Live, May 6, 2011–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky | Passacaglia
World Premiere
Colin Jacobsen, violin; Bruce Levingston, piano
Recorded Live, May 6, 2011–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Chiel Meijering | Mein junges Leben hat (k)ein End
U.S. Premiere
Utrecht String Quartet
Recorded Live, February 11, 2011–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Simon Shaheen | The Call
World Premiere
Simon Shaheen, violin; Jason Lindner, piano
Recorded Live, May 8, 2010–Atlas Performing Arts Center
Program

Caleb Burhans | Contritus
World Premiere

JACK Quartet
Recorded Live, April 30, 2010–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

Lalo Schifrin | Elegy and Meditation
U.S. Premiere
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Recorded Live, November 20, 2009–Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Program

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