Tristan Perich and Vicky Chow Rebuild the Piano Concerto with 'Surface Image'

Monday, October 20, 2014

With "Surface Image," composer Tristan Perich has created his most emotionally affective work to date, balancing 1-bit electronics with large-scale form and virtuosic human performance.

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Composer-Soprano Agata Zubel Renders Nervousness and Doubt

Monday, October 13, 2014

On her new recording on the Kairos label, composer and vocalist Agata Zubel brings forward a fascinating exploration of her settings of three Nobel Prize winning poets. 

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Mamoru Fujieda Derives Miniatures from Electrical Activity of Plants

Monday, October 06, 2014

Composed between 1996 and 2011, Japanese post-minimal innovator Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants is a set of works based on the readings of the electrical activity in living plants.

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Klezmer, Tango and Arabic Sounds Swirl in 'Dreams and Prayers'

Monday, September 29, 2014

It’s always a treat to listen to clarinetist David Krakauer do his thing, but he seems especially in his element in “Dreams and Prayers,” the newest album from Boston-based A Far Cry. 

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JACK Quartet Spotlights South American-born 'áltaVoz Composers'

Monday, September 22, 2014

The JACK Quartet's latest release, "áltaVoz Composers," zeroes in on an under-represented cache of ferocious talent: that of the young, South American-born composer.

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New Record Label Debuts with Auspicious, Witty 'Violin'

Monday, September 15, 2014

The most surprising thing about the debut of VIA Records, the label whose arrival is heralded by the release of Anna Clyne's "The Violin," is that it didn't happen long ago. 

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Cincinnati Symphony Mines the Terror of the Sublime in 'Hallowed Ground'

Monday, September 08, 2014

Issued on Cincinnati Symphony's own label, "Hallowed Ground" finds unexpected connections between David Lang's hard, bitter pieces and those by Aaron Copland and Nico Muhly.

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Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble Takes Flight with 'Excelsior'

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fifth House Ensemble's new album "Excelsior" builds itself up gradually from the luminous energy of Alex Shapiro's "Perpetual Spark" to Caleb Burhans's half-hour title track.

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Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla: Just an Old Fashioned Love Song

Monday, August 18, 2014

Even for Messiaen, the Turangalîla-Symphony is weird. Stream the new recording by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony and Angela Hewitt all week. 

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From Russia to Iran: Pianist Tara Kamangar Travels 'East of Melancholy'

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pianist Tara Kamangar's "East of Melancholy" is a luxuriously lovely recital of virtuoso piano music spanning musical traditions from Russia to Iran. Stream the entire album.

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Levity and Vigor in the Concertos of the Late Peter Lieberson

Monday, August 04, 2014

The late composer Peter Lieberson found inspiration in the poetry of Pablo Neruda for his Piano Concerto No. 3, and simply in his love of the sound of the viola for his Viola Concerto. Stream both pieces all this week. 

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The Quiet Violence of Peter V. Swendsen’s Seasons and Weather

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Allusions to Seasons and Winter," from composer Peter V. Swendsen and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, opens with a processed tenor recorder emulating a bird call. Live electronics buzz like distant cicadas and a buried sine wave rises and falls. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Richard Reed Parry Taps Performers' Inner Metronomes in 'Music for Heart and Breath'

Monday, July 21, 2014

Richard Reed Parry, a composer and member of the rock band Arcade Fire, writes classical compositions based the actual pulse of the performers themselves. Stream his "Music for Heart and Breath" all this week. 

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wild Up's 'Feather & Stone' Spotlights Los Angeles Composers

Monday, July 14, 2014

Los Angeles-based ensemble wild Up's new album "Feather & Stone" presents an unexpected mashup of pieces, ranging from jazz to a collage of found sounds. Stream the album all this week. 

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Robert Kyr's Mystic Exploration of Love and Transcendence

Monday, July 07, 2014

The latest recording by the prolific composer and educator Robert Kyr features a pair of cantata-like works, The Cloud of Unknowing and Song of the Soul. Stream the entire album on demand all this week.

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Violinist Roman Mints Wrestles with Time in 'Dance of Shadows'

Monday, June 30, 2014

Roman Mints's new album blurs present and past with pieces by Ysaÿe, Piazzolla, Schnittke, Silvestrov and Dobrinka Tabakova. Stream the full album all this week. 

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Johann Sebastian Is One of the Cool Kids in 'Red Hot + Bach'

Monday, June 23, 2014

The AIDS fundraising organization Red Hot has turned its focus to J.S. Bach. Stream "Red Hot + Bach," a collection of the baroque master's sounds re-imagined by artists like Gabriel Kahane and Shara Worden.

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World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony

Monday, June 16, 2014

Per Nørgård's Eighth Symphony shows how the young composer has evolved into a mature, unmistakably contemporary artist. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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Alexander Melnikov Exudes Warmth in Shostakovich's Preludes & Fugues

Monday, June 09, 2014

Pianist Alexander Melnikov's rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, just reissued in a recent Harmonia Mundi recording, present the music of Shostakovich at its most agreeable. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full album all this week.

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