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Music Now was heard on WXEL-FM, a southern Florida NPR affiliate based in Boynton Beach, FL, from January 2003 until its cancellation in October 2005. A one hour monthly segment of Joanna Marie's "Classical Variations", it was intended to introduce Florida listeners to the most recent developments in the field of contemporary classical music. The following is a listing of the content of those programs and some final comments. In the near future I hope to re-establish a traditional radio broadcast and I will also be investigating an internet radio broadcast as well.

MUSIC NOW I (1/6/03): The Adams Family
John Luther Adams: The Farthest Place (2001)
Marty Walker, bcl, Amy Knoles, vib/marimba, Brian Pezzone, p, Nathaniel Reichman, electric keyboard, Robin Lorentz, vn, Barry Newson, db
Cold Blue 10

John Adams: Naïve and Sentimental Music (I, II) (1999)
Los Angeles Philharmonic/Esa-Pekka Salonen
Nonesuch 79630

MUSIC NOW II (2/3/03): The Crisis of Language Redux
Paul Lansky: Alphabet Book (I, V) (2002)
Hannah MacKay, reader
Paul Lansky, computer
Bridge 9126

Meredith Monk: Mercy (I, VI) (2001)
Meredith Monk and singers
Allison Sniffin, piano/viola
John Hollenbeck, percussion
Bohdan Hilash, clarinets
ECM 1829

Michael Torke: Book of Proverbs (III, VIII) (1998)
Netherlands Radio Choir and Philharmonic/Edo de Waart
Decca 289 466

MUSIC NOW III (3/3/03): (Art) Music in the Public Realm
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Harp Concerto (2000)
Marielle Nordmann (hp)
Helsinki Philharmonic/Leif Segerstam
Ondine 978
Art Music in the Private Realm

Georges Lentz: Caeli enarrant (VII) (2001)
Ensemble 24/Matthew Coorey
Naxos 557019
Private Art Music in the Public Realm

Aaron Jay Kernis: Air (1995)
Joshua Bell (vn)
Minnesota Orchestra/David Zinman
Argo 289 460

MUSIC NOW IV (4/7/03): Public Music in the Art Music Realm I
Michael Daugherty: Le Tombeau de Liberace (1986)
Paul Crossley (p)
London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz
Argo 458 145

Michael Torke: Book of Proverbs (1996):II
Netherlands Radio Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra/Edo de Waart
Decca 466 721

Gavin Bryars: I have heard it said that a spirit enters (from '3 Songs') (2002)
Holly Cole, vocalist
CBC Radio Orchestra/Owen Underhill
CBC 5223

Marc-Anthony Turnage: Another Set To (2000)
Christian Lindberg (trb)
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Chandos 10018

MUSIC NOW V (5/5/03): Public Music in the Art Music Realm II:Global Influences
Spain:
Leonardo Balada: Music for Flute and Orchestra (2000)
Magdalena Martinez (fl)
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra/Jose Serebrier
Naxos 555039

Argentina (Gypsies and Jews):
Osvaldo Golijov: Lullaby and Doina (2000)
Tara Helen O'Connor (fl)
Todd Palmer (cl)
Mark Dresser (db)
St. Lawrence String Quartet
EMI 573562

Scotland:
James MacMillan: The Gallant Weaver (1997)
BBC Singers/James MacMillan
Chandos 9997

China:
Bright Sheng: China Dreams (1995):I
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Samuel Wong
Naxos 555866

MUSIC NOW VI (6/2/03): God
Christos Hatzis: De Angelis (1999)
Laura Pudwell (mz)
Elmer Iseler Singers, Amadeus Chamber Singers/Lydia Adams
CBC 1156

James MacMillan: Nunc dimittis (2000)
BBC Singers and Philharmonic/James MacMillan
Chandos 9997

John Tavener: Lamentations and Praises(2000)(Procession and Resurrection)
Chanticleer; Handel and Haydn Society of Boston ensemble/Joseph Jennings
Teldec 41342

MUSIC NOW VII (7/7/03): Homages etc.
Homage to Harrison (1917-2003)
Lou Harrison: Short Set from 'Lazarus Laughed' (1999)
Leta Miller (fl)
Karen Andrie (vc)
Michael McGushin (celesta)
Mode 122

Elliott Carter (1908-)
Elliott Carter:Au Quai (2002)
Maureen Gallagher (va)
Peter Kolkay (bsn)
Bridge 9128

Peteris Vasks: Symphony #2 (1999)
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds
Ondine 1005

MUSIC NOW VIII (8/4/03): I'm Finnished: New Music from Scandinavia
Kalevi Aho: Symphony #7 ('Insect Symphony') (1988):IV, II, VI
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
BIS 936

Veljo Tormis: from 'Visions of Estonia'
I'd Like to Sing a Song (1983)
Draught (1993)
Herding Calls (1982)
Estonian National Male Choir/Ants Soots
Alba 17

MUSIC NOW IX (9/8/03): Nature
Dominick Argento: Walden Pond (1996)
Dale Warland Singers
Kathy Kinzle (harp)
Katja Linfield, Joseph Johnson, Pitnarry Shin (vc)
Gothic 49217

Kaija Saariaho: L' Aile du Songe (2001):I, II + St. John Perse text with background electronics (tracks 8, 9)
Camilla Hoitenga (fl)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Naïve 782154

Einojuhani Rautavaara: In the Shade of the Willow (1998):II
Finnish Radio Chamber Choir/Timo Nuoranne
Ondine 1020

MUSIC NOW X (10/6/03): Halloween
Thea Musgrave: Ring Out Wild Bells (2000)
Victoria Soames Samek (cl)
David LePage (vn)
Matthew Sharp (vc)
Mark Troop (p)
Clarinet Classics 38
Richard Danielpour: An American Requiem (2001):II (Dies Irae)
Hugh Smith (t)
Pacific Chorale and Symphony Orchestra/Carl St. Clair
Reference 97
Giya Kancheli: Styx (1999)
Yuri Bashmet (va)
St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev
Deutsche Grammophon 471 494

MUSIC NOW XI (11/3/03): Interracial Influences
Kevin Volans: String Quartet #2 ('Hunting: Gathering') (1987):I
Kronos Quartet
Nonesuch 79253
Stephen Hartke: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra ('Landscapes with Blues') (2001)
Richard Stolzman (cl)
IRIS Chamber Orchestra/Michael Stern
Naxos 559201
Takashi Yoshimatsu: Atom Hearts Club Suite #2 (2000)
BBC Philharmonic/Sachio Fujioka
Chandos 10070

MUSIC NOW XII (12/1/03): Best of 2003
David Maslanka: Wind Quintet #3 (1999) (III)
Bergen Woodwind Quintet
BIS 1228

Paul Lansky: Alphabet Book (2002) (III)
Hannah McKay (narr)
Paul Lansky (narr, computer)
Bridge 9126

Georges Lentz: Caeli enerrant III (2000)
Ensemble 29/Matthew Coorey
Naxos 557019

John Luther Adams: In the White Silence (1998) (exc.)
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble/Tim Weiss
New World 80600

Meredith Monk: Mercy (2) (2002)
Meredith Monk Ensemble
ECM 472468

Veljo Tormis: Visions of Estonia I ('Stars') (1983)
Estonian National Male Choir/Ants Soots
Alba 17

Dominick Argento: A Toccata of Galuppi's (1989) (track 9…)
Dale Warland Singers
Gothic 49217

Olivier Messiaen: Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1969):I finale
Radio France Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Myung-wha Chung
Deutsche Grammophon 471 569

Michael Torke: Rapture (1998) (III…)
Colin Currie (perc)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marin Alsop
Naxos 559167

MUSIC NOW XIII (1/5/04): New Chamber Music: Quintets & Sextets
Krzysztof Penderecki: Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano(2000):I
(faculty from Paris Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, and Hanover Music Academy)
Naxos 557052

David Lang: Sweet Air (II from 'Child') for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano (ca. 2000)
Sentieri Selvaggi
Cantaloupe 21013

David Maslanka: Wind Quintet #3 (1999)
Bergen Woodwind Quintet
BIS 1228

MUSIC NOW XIV (2/9/04): New Romantic Concertos
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Piano Concerto #3 ('Gift of Dreams') (1999)
Laura Mikkola (p)
Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra/Eri Klas
Naxos 557009

John Adams: Violin Concerto (1993)
Robert McDuffie (vn)
Houston Symphony/Christoph Eschenbach
Telarc 80494

MUSIC NOW XV (3/1/04): A Mel Gibson Antidote
Sir John Tavener: Ikon of Eros (2000)
Jorja Fleezanis (vn)
Patricia Rozario (s)
Tim Krol (bari)
Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Orchestra/Paul Goodwin
Reference 102

MUSIC NOW XVI (4/5/04): Jewish Issues (for the Holidays)
John Harbison: Four Psalms (1999)
Majie Zeller (s)
Lynn Torgrove (mz)
Frank Kelley (t)
David Kravitz (bari)
The Cantata Singers & Ensemble/David Hoose
New World 80613

Allen Gimbel: Psalm 133 (I from 'Three Sacred Pieces') (1991)
Rinat/Stanley Sperber
(recorded 1991, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI)

MUSIC NOW XVII (5/3/04): Mothers Day: Recent Music by Women
Chen Yi: Chinese Folk Dance Suite (2000)
Cho-Liang Lin (vn)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Lan Shui
BIS 1352

Janet Maguire: Cummings Lieder (2000)
Julie Mellor (mz)
Elizabetta Bocchese (p)
New World 80602

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Triple Concerto (1995)
Jaime Laredo (vn)
Sharon Robinson (vc)
Joseph Kalichstein (p)
Florida State University Orchestra/Michael Stern
Koch 7537

MUSIC NOW XVIII (6/7/04): Fathers Day
Daniel Asia: Brass Quintet (2001)
American Brass Quintet
Summit 385

George Crumb: Unto the Hills (2002)
Ann Crumb (s)
Orchestra 2001/James Freeman
Bridge 9139

MUSIC NOW XIX (7/12/04): A Midsummer's Day's Dream
Daniel Kellogg: Divinum Mysterium (2000)
Eighth Blackbird (w/Chanticleer)
Cedille 76

Peter Maxwell Davies: Missa Parvula (2002)
Chorus of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker
Robert Quinney (org)
Hyperion 67454

MUSIC NOW XX (8/3/04): It's Finnished
Kalevi Aho: Symphonic Dances (2001)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
BIS 1336

Kalevi Aho: Symphony #11 (1998)
Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
BIS 1336

MUSIC NOW XXI (9/13/04): Storms
John Corigliano: Symphony #2 (2000)
Helsinki Philharmonic/John Storgårds
Ondine 1039

MUSIC NOW XXII (10/4/04): Halloween (Crossover II)
Torsten Rasch: Mein Herz Brennt (2003)
René Pâpe (b-bari)
Dresden Symphonic/John Carewe
Deutsche Grammophon 1941

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Scorched (2002):1, 2, 5, 6
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hugh Wolff
John Scofield, g, John Patitucci, b, Peter Erskine, drums./Hesslicher Radio Big Band
Deutsche Grammophon 1416

MUSIC NOW XXIII (11/1/04): Recent Music About Art (& Politics)
Elodie Lauten: Waking in New York (1998):1, 2, 6, 7, 12
Mark Duer (bari)
Meredith Borden, Tyler Azelton, Sherrita Duran (s)
Ensemble/Elodie Lauten
4-Tay 4023

Charles Wuorinen: The Haroun Songbook (2002): excerpts
Elizabeth Farnum (s)
Emily Golden (mz)
James Schaffner (t)
Michael Chioldi (b-bari)
Philipp Bush (p)
Albany 664

MUSIC NOW XXIV (12/6/04): Best of the Year
Peter Maxwell Davies: Missa Parvula (2003): I, IV
Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker
Hyperion 67454

John Tavener: Ikon of Eros (2000):III
Patricia Rozario (s)
Jorja Fleezanis (vn)
Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Orchestra/Paul Goodwin
Reference 102

James Dillon: Book of Elements (1997-2002):I:1-2
Noriko Kawai (p)
NMC 91

George Rochberg: Caprice Variations (1970):51, 1, 5, 7, 11-12, 28, 43-45
Peter Sheppard Skaerved (vn)
Metier 92065

Dominick Argento: Casa Guidi (1986):III
Frederica von Stade (mz)
Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue
Reference 1001

Daniel Kellogg: Divinum Mysterium (2000) 1, V
Eighth Blackbird (w/Chanticleer)
Cedille 76

MUSIC NOW XXV (1/3/05): Around the World
Burma (Myanmar) [for the tsunami victims]

From 'Bang on a Can Meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing' (2002):1, 2, 3
Kyaw Kyaw Naing (pat waing, gongs, 6-drum set, pat ma)
Maung Maung Myint Swe (si wa)
Ma Aye Myimt (si wa)
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Cantaloupe 21023

China

Zhou Long: The Rhyme of Taigu (2003)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Lan Shui
BIS 1322

Turkey

Fazil Say: (2) Pieces for Piano and Orchestra (2001)
Fazil Say (p)
Orchestre National de France/Eliahu Inbal
Naïve 4954

Iran

Behzad Ranjbaran: Seven Passages (2000)
London Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta
Delos 3336

MUSIC NOW XXVI (2/7/05): Presidents Day: New American Music About America
David Rakowski: Etudes (2000-2002):IV:40, I:8, IV:32, V:41, 50
Amy Dissanayake (p)
Bridge 9157 (vol. 2)

Dan Locklair: Reynolda Reflections (2000)
Melissa Suhr (fl)
Steve Estes (vc)
Robert Brewer (p)
Albany 701/2

Michael Daugherty: Philadelphia Stories(2001):I
Colorado Symphony/Marin Alsop
Naxos 559165

John Adams: American Berserk (2001)
Nicolas Hodges (p)
Nonesuch 79699

MUSIC NOW XXVII (3/7/05): Spring
Dan Trueman: Spring Rhythm
Brentano String Quartet
Bridge 9149

Michael Torke: Jasper
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marin Alsop
Naxos 559167

Rolf Martinsson:Kalliope (2004)
Malmö Symphony Orchestra/Christoph König
Daphne 1022

MUSIC NOW XXVIII (4/11/05)
For the Death of Pope John Paul II

Krzysztof Penderecki: Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (2000):II
(faculty of Paris Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, and Hanover Music Academy)
Naxos 557052

Paul Schoenfield: Four Motets (1995)
BBC Singers/Yoel Levi
Naxos 559418

For Passover

Paul Schoenfield: Concerto for Viola & Orchestra (1998)
Robert Vernon (va)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Yoel Levi
Naxos 559418

MUSIC NOW XXIX (5/3/05): Recent Chamber Music with Piano
George Tsontakis: Eclipse (1995)
Broyhill Chamber Ensemble
Koch 7550

Seppo Pohjola: New York New York (2001)
Zagros Ensemble
Alba 187

Peter Schickele: Serenade for Three (1993)
American Chamber Ensemble
Zephyr 725

MUSIC NOW XXX (6/6/05): Color and Line
Marc-André Dalbavie: Color (2001)
Orchestre de Paris/Christoph Eschenbach
Naïve 782162

David Rakowski: Etude #33 (2001)
Amy Dissayanake (p)
Bridge 9157
vs.
Marilyn Nonken (p)
Albany 861

Peteris Vasks:Viatore (2001)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Katarina Andreasson
BIS 1150

MUSIC NOW XXXI (7/11/05): In Memoriam George Rochberg (1918-2005)
George Rochberg: Violin Concerto (1974, rev. 2001)
Peter Sheppard Skaerved (vn)
Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Naxos 559129

MUSIC NOW XXXII (8/1/05): Music Then and Now: Postmodernism 1
John Woolrich: Five [Bach] Chorales (2000)
Schubert Ensemble
Black Box 1092

John Woolrich: A Shadowed Lesson (2000)
Schubert Ensemble
Black Box 1092

J. S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier I: Prelude in Cm
[xxx]

David Rakowski: Etude #43 (2002)
Amy Dissanayake (p)
Bridge 9157

Brahms: Piano Sonata #3 (II, opening)
[xxx]

Thomas Adès: Brahms (2001)
Christopher Maltman (bari)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Adès
EMI 57610

Seppo Pohjola: A Night at the Opera (2002)
Minttu Pesu (s)
Zagros Ensemble
Alba 187

John Corigliano: The Mannheim Rocket (2001)
Helsinki Philharmonic/John Storgårds
Ondine 1039

MUSIC NOW XXXIII (9/12/05): 9/11 and goodbye
Wojciech Kilar: September Symphony (2003)
Warsaw Philharmonic/Antoni Wit
Accord 130

Arvo Pärt: Da Pacem Domine
Hilliard Ensemble
ECM 1930

Final comments:
** "[I have] always felt that music must relate to what is going on [all] around, at home and abroad, and reflect our attitude to ultimate matters," quoting Mr. Kilar. That statement has reflected the gist of what has been presented on this segment over the past two and a half years. We've heard music from 22 countries by 63 composers, representing a kaleidoscopic variety of styles and topics.* The program has intended to show that serious music is alive and well in this culture in spite of the forces that continually attempt to destroy and demean it. It was hoped that you, the listener, might be stimulated to find out more about these artists and become active participants in the world of contemporary serious music. You can read my reviews of this material in American Record Guide (.com) and I invite you to check out my website (allengimbel.com) [presently under construction] for further information."

* Breakdown of countries represented, followed by number of works: U.S. 30, England 6, China 3, Finland 3, Estonia 2, Poland 2, South Africa 2, Spain 1, Argentina 1, Scotland 1, Canada 1, Latvia 1, Georgia (USSR) 1, Japan 1, Germany 1, Ireland 1, Burma (Myanmar) 1, Turkey 1, Iran 1, Sweden 1, Israel 1, France 1

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