He's not just a guitarist in The National -- in recent years, Bryce Dessner has been indulging his conservatory schooling by stepping into the classical sphere. He has played on key records by minimalists (like Steve Reich's piece "2x5," on which Dessner shows up as part of the Bang on a Can All-Stars) and post-minimalists (his guitar appears on David Lang's Death Speaks, in an ensemble that includes Nico Muhly). Dessner's deep affinity for these movements in American classical music is likewise reflected in his own original pieces, such as the slashing-and-melodic string quartet item "Aheym" (the title track of the new Kronos Quartet album devoted to his compositions). Along with his one-off piece "Long Winter," recorded by Zach Miskin, our mix offers over an hour of music from Dessner's emerging second career.
Bryce Dessner's Classical Side
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