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Tuesday 1 February 2011

Presented by Robbie Ellis

7:00 - Two Tributes

J BARRY: The James Bond Theme
John Zorn (a.sax), Bill Frisell (gtr), Wayne Horvitz (kbs), Fred Frith (bass), Joey Baron (drums)
Nonesuch 979238

BABBITT arr. The Bad Plus: Semi-Simple Variations
The Bad Plus: Reid Anderson (bass), Ethan Iverson (pno), David King (drums)
Emarcy 821644
(Note the interesting music video.)

M LAWRY: Milton Babbitt's Rarotongan Holiday
Headless Chickens
Flying Nun FNCD 302

7:16 - Preview of the Adam

The Adam Chamber Music Festival is New Zealand's largest festival of chamber music, held every two years in and around Nelson. It starts this year on Thursday 3 February, and Radio New Zealand Concert is recording heeeaps of it. Website:

RIMMER: For the Kokako
Margaret Nielsen (pno)
Kiwi Pacific SLD 78

BISLEY: Waiata
Alexander Ivashkin (cello)
Manu CD MANU 1544

LODGE: Oíche ghealai
William Dowdall (a.fl), Richard Nunns (taonga pūoro)
Atoll ACD 111

D BAKER: Dance
Mark Walton (cl), David Miller (pno)

GLICK: Prayer and Dance
Daniel Domb (cello), Sheila Henig (pno)
Radio Canada ACM 34

TRAD: Kale Bazetzn; HARRIS: Narish
Kugeltov: Robin Perks (vln), Tui Clark (cl), Ross Harris (acc), Malcolm Struthers (bass)
(private rec)

8:03 - 2009 New Zealand School of Music Composers Competition

Johannes CONTAG: Flock of Starlings with Crows and Dog
Hannah Darroch, Chloe Schnell & Julia Deverall (fls), Nick Walshe, Hayden Sinclair & Lauren Draper (cls), Josiah Young & Geraint Scott (saxes), Kylie Nesbit (bsn), Karlo Margetić (cond)

Paula KING: Anna Bolena's Mercurial Waters
Paula King (theremin), electroacoustics

Blair CLARKE: Green and Gold Keys
Blair Clarke (a.sax)

Tabea SQUIRE: Patupaiarehe and The Conch
Helen Bevin (vla), Rafaella Garlick-Grice (pno)

Carol SHORTIS: Perfume
Justus Rozemond (bcl), Joel Gordon (unpitched perc), Yoshito Tsuruta (pitched perc), Carol Shortis (temple bell), Karlo Margetić (cond)

Amanda CREIGLOW: Experiments in Unity
Helen Bevin, John Roxburgh, Megan Ward & Kylie Nesbit (vlas), Karla Norton (cond)

Christine WHITE: Dark

Justin Firefly CLARKE: Te Rākau o Ngā Patupaiarehe
Tabea Squire & Jonathan Tanner (vlns), Charlotte Fetherston (vla), Sophie Williams (cello)

Jonathan CREHAN: Utopian Reverie
Danielle Joe (vln), Sam Jury (pno)

Andrzej NOWICKI / Richard ROBERTSHAWE: Concertino 5b
Andrzej Nowicki (cl), Richard Robertshawe (live processing)

Karlo MARGETIĆ: Svitac
Karlo Margetić (cl), Sam Jury (pno)

(Recorded by RNZ in the Adam Concert Room, Wellington)

First Place: Karlo Margetić
Second Equal: Johannes Contag, Jonathan Crehan
Third Equal: Tabea Squire, Justin Firefly Clarke
Performance Prize: Andrzej Nowicki & Richard Robertshawe

9:43 - Milton Babbitt: An influence, his own works, and a pupil

Milton Babbitt (1916-2011)Marking the death of prominent American composer and teacher Milton Babbitt (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10 May 1916, died Princeton, New Jersey 29 January 2011).

Some links:
- New York Times obituary
- Guardian obituary
- New Music Box news item - also has embedded a 1-hour NPR documentary about Babbitt
- Personal remembrances from David Rakowski, one of Babbitt's pupils
- A 2001 interview in 12 parts with Frank J. Oteri

SCHOENBERG: Piano Piece Op 11/1
Maurizio Pollini (pno)
DG 423 249

BABBITT: Three Compositions (1947-48)
Robert Taub (pno)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 90 5160

BABBITT: All Set (1957)
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble/Arthur Weisberg
Nonesuch 79222

BABBITT: Philomel (1964)
Bethany Beardslee (sop), tape
New World 80466

BABBITT: Reflections for piano and synthesized tape (1974)
Robert Taub (pno), tape
Harmonia Mundi HMC 90 5160

BABBITT: None But The Lonely Flute (1991)
Rachel Rudich (fl)
Naxos 8.559259

BABBITT: Swan Song No 1 (2003)
Cygnus Ensemble: Tara Helen O'Connor (fl), Robert Ingliss (ob), William Anderson (mand), Oren Fader (gtr), Calvin Wiersma (vln), Susannah Chapman (cello), Jeffrey Milarsky (cond)
Bridge 9135

SONDHEIM: Finishing the Hat
Mandy Patinkin (as George), original cast recording orchestra
RCA RCD 1 5042

11:07 - New Music Dreams - Milton Babbitt's orchestra in the 1980s

BABBITT: Piano Concerto (1985)
Alan Feinberg (pno), American Composers Orch/Charles Wuorinen
New World NW 346

BABBITT: Transfigured Notes (1986)
Boston session orch/Gunther Schuller
GM 2060 CD