Modern Notebook for August 30, 2020

Composer Luciano Berio (Photo credit: Marina Berio)

On this week’s Modern Notebook, join Tyler Kline for Ilari Kaila’s Cameo for flute, viola, and piano; the Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet by Ellen Taafe Zwilich… and, the Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestra by Luciano Berio, which is perhaps the composer’s most important and groundbreaking work.

Plus: performances by Big Dog Little Dog, the Pacifica Quartet, pianist Eunmi Ko with the McCormick Percussion Group, pianist Chen-Hui Jen, and cellist Anssi Karttunen; and music by Paula Matthusen, John Liberatore, Toru Takemitsu, and Kaija Saariaho.

That’s Sunday night from 8 to 10 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.

Hour 1

  • Violin and double bass music titled Ultraviolet performed by the group Big Dog Little Dog.
  • Cameo for flute, viola, and piano by Ilari Kaila.
  • Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet.
  • Bang on a Can All-Stars perform music by Paula Matthusen.
  • This Living Air for piano and percussion orchestra by John Liberatore.

Hour 2

  • Pianist Chen-Hui Jen performs music by Toru Takemitsu.
  • Pres for solo cello by Kaija Saariaho.
  • Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestra.

Modern Notebook is hosted by WSMR’s Tyler Kline, and is a program that highlights music composed since the Mid-20th Century, with a special focus on the music of living composers.