8 February 2021. A great selection of contemporary music from The Netherlands is presented today by Matt Ertz at Muddle instead of music (Mixcloud; click here to listen). Part of the programme is Platonic ID (2006) by Rozalie Hirs in a performance by ASKO|Schönberg and Bas Wiegers (conductor), recorded by Guido Tichelman. Happy listening!

..miserere… : for string quartet (2006-07) / Louis Andriessen (Schoenberg Quartet)
White eagle : for violin and ensemble (2009) / Martijn Padding (Heleen Hulst, violin ; Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble ; Etienne Siebens, conductor)
Hysteresis : for clarinet, chamber orchestra and soundtrack (2013) / Michel van der Aa (Kari Kriikku, clarinet ; Amsterdam Sinfonietta)
Platonic ID : for ensemble (2006) / Rozalie Hirs (Asko Ensemble ; Bas Wiegers, conductor)
Entangled tales : for orchestra (2007) / Robin de Raaff (Hague Philharmonic ; Neeme Järvi, conductor)
To hell! : for viola and ensemble (2005) / Mayke Nas (Susanne van Els, viola ; Schoenberg Ensenble ; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor)
Memories and reflections : for piano quintet (2002) / Hans Kox (Rubens Quartet ; Frank van de Laar, piano).

“New Music,” “avant-garde,” experimental,” “modern classical” — music that is tonal, atonal, beautiful, cacophonous, bafflingly complex, arrestingly simple, decidedly unpopular –whatever you may call it, Muddle Instead of Music is Louisville, KY’s home for cutting edge contemporary composition. Host Matt Ertz will play music by world-famous, recently-established, and still-emerging composers from all over the world.

The show is named after the famous 1936 article in Soviet newspaper Pravda, which officially denounced Dimitri Shostakovich’s modernist music as a dangerous weapon against society and the state. In that spirit, this show embraces the edginess, subversiveness, radical beauty and ugliness of this most underground of underground music.