Giacinto Scelsi Puts into Motion That Which Is Motionless

Monday, August 03, 2015

If Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi were alive today, he’d probably be another voice in the demand for music streaming services to get their acts together with classical music.

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Philip Glass Blasts Past Beethoven with Fireworks of 10th Symphony

Monday, July 27, 2015

Philip Glass's working relationship with conductor Dennis Russell Davies brings him back to symphonic form again and again, and he's now written more than Beethoven. Hear #10 all week.

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Nordic Affect Bridges Iceland's Natural and Supernatural

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The all-female Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect delivers world premieres of music by five Icelandic composers who share an affinity for the mystical and surreal.

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Capturing the Energy of Improvisation in Thomas Rosenkranz's 'Toward the Curve'

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thomas Rosenkranz gathers seven composers' pieces for solo piano with electronics, interspersed with improvised piano “Interludes” of his own.

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Following Langston Hughes's Musical Treasure Map, 'Ask Your Mama'

Monday, July 06, 2015

How appropriate that the release date of Laura Karpman's new record should arrive right around the birthday of the U.S.: a setting of Langston Hughes's cycle of poems "Ask Your Mama."

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Lisa Bielawa's Knack for Lyricism Revealed in 'Lay of the Love'

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lisa Bielawa is a force to be reckoned with in the new music world - her broadmindedness has served her well as a performer, presenter and composer. Stream her art song album all week.

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Janine Jansen and the Robust Rhetoric of Michel van der Aa's Violin Concerto

Monday, June 15, 2015

There are two elements of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's "Horizon 6" album that are most gripping: violin soloist Janine Jansen and Michel van der Aa’s USDA-Prime orchestration.

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Thomas Adès Explores Time Real and Imagined with the Calder Quartet

Monday, June 08, 2015

Thomas Adès’s newest album, "The Twenty-Fifth Hour," with performances by the Calder Quartet, is a fascinating exploration of time both real and envisioned. Stream it all week.

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NOW Ensemble Blends Upbeat Lyricism and Heady Abstraction in 'Dreamfall'

Monday, June 01, 2015

NOW Ensemble emerged a decade ago as standard bearers, of a sort, for the new kids of new music. Stream their latest anthology of new works, "Dreamfall," all week. 

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Bryce Dessner's Mesmerizing Inventions for So Percussion

Monday, May 25, 2015

When composer and rock guitarist Bryce Dessner of the National was asked to write music for So Percussion, he didn't just create a new piece of music. He invented a new instrument.

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Conspirare Deftly Navigates Joby Talbot's Ambitious 'Path of Miracles'

Monday, May 18, 2015

The spiritually and physically demanding are the source of British composer Joby Talbot’s rousing Path of Miracles, exquisitely realized by Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson.

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Paola Prestini's Rhapsodic Installation Concertos for Strings and Electronics

Monday, May 11, 2015

Paola Prestini’s newest video album, "Labyrinth," is composed of two half-hour long solo works for strings and electronics, for cellist Maya Beiser and violinist Cornelius Dufallo.

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Steve Reich's Masterful Gateway Drug in Assured New Recording

Monday, May 04, 2015

Steve Reich composed "Music for 18 Musicians" some 40 years ago, but it still remains the perfect gateway drug for Reich's music. A new recording by Ensemble Signal shows why.

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Yotam Haber On Hunger, Migration and the Baroque Doctrine of the Affections

Monday, April 27, 2015

A new album of chamber music from composer Yotam Haber draws on themes of modernist sculpture, Italian Jewish Chant and the Baroque doctrine of the affections.

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Martin Scherzinger's Alternative Calculus in 'African Math'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Composer Martin Scherzinger's new record is an enlightened take on the traditional music of Africa – mostly because his music recognizes that it is not African music. Listen all week.

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Ukraine's Valentin Silvestrov Unleashes One's Inner Synesthete in 'Spectrums'

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, now pushing 80 years old, has led a long and prolific career traversing a wide range of musical styles. This new album focuses on his early works.

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Royal String Quartet Brings Verve and Polish to Szymański and Mykietyn

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Royal String Quartet from Poland delivers a fine collection of works by contemporary countrymen Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn. Listen to the full album.

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Clarinetist Martin Fröst Displays a Dancer's Virtuosity in 'Nordic Concertos'

Monday, March 30, 2015

The clarinet is lucky to have Martin Fröst, a musical showman who has produced handsome recordings of works new and old. Stream his latest album "Nordic Concertos" all week.

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Tristan Perich

Monday, March 23, 2015

The music of Tristan Perich has always been almost as much about physicality as about sound. A Meehan/Perkins recording of his "Parallels" showcases ecstatic endurance and nuance.

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Kronos Quartet and Tanya Tagaq Tap Canadian Cool in 'Tundra Songs'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Thanks be to Björk: it was her collaboration with Tanya Tagaq that brought the singer from Nunavut, Canada the much-deserved attention of a worldwide musical audience. 

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