Tenor Sax Quartet Battle Trance Returns with Scorching 'Blade of Love'

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tenor sax quartet Battle Trance's latest album, 'Blade of Love,' ferries the listener forward, allowing not a moment of hesitation in which to consider skipping ahead. Listen now.

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Tyshawn Sorey Composes Chaos in 'The Inner Spectrum of Variables'

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tyshawn Sorey's vision extends far beyond the horizon, toward a distant point where varying styles invisibly converge. Stream his latest album, 'Inner Spectrum of Variables,'  all week.

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Seattle Symphony Concludes Indispensable Cycle of Late French Master Henri Dutilleux

Monday, August 08, 2016

Ludovic Morlot's Seattle Symphony has once again proved itself one of the most essential symphony orchestras in the country with its third and final disc of Dutilleux orchestral music.

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Cellist Maya Beiser Spans Imogen Heap to Michael Gordon in 'TranceClassical'

Monday, August 01, 2016

Amid the haze of glamour and processed signals enveloping the music of cellist Maya Beiser's latest album, 'TranceClassical,' her unadorned voice stands out in potent relief. Listen now.

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Lesley Flanigan Sculpts Sound into Ecstatic Space on 'Hedera'

Monday, July 25, 2016

On 'Hedera', Lesley Flanigan layers extremely simple elements — worldless oohs and ahs, a stuttering tape recorder — to construct a profoundly sculptural and emotive space.

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Lewis Pesacov, The Industry and wild Up Offer Doomsday Delirium

Monday, July 18, 2016

Los Angeles-based chamber opera rebels from The Industry pair up with new-music daredevils in wild Up for Lewis Pesacov’s portentous "The Edge of Forever." Stream the album all week.

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Cello Ensemble's Collective Virtuosity Shines in 'shadow, echo, memory'

Monday, July 11, 2016

'shadow, echo, memory' moves the cello choir into new territory. Stream the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble's latest — with tracks by Kernis, Ligeti and Fauré — all week.

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Francesca Anderegg Takes to the Open Road with 'Wild Cities'

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Francesca Anderegg’s "Wild Cities" is haunted by the American dream, a dream of perpetual travel on an endless open road. The album takes on the music of five young American composers.

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Ensemble Signal's Delightfully Manic Steve Reich

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ensemble Signal’s new recording of "Double Sextet" is a delightfully manic whirl, so on point as to always seem microns away from spinning out of control. Listen all this week.

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David Lang's Patchwork Patriotism in 'the national anthems'

Monday, June 20, 2016

All together, David Lang's 'the national anthems' has the feeling of clutching hands. Whether you believe in patriotism or not, it reminds us that everyone holds onto something. 

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Mivos Quartet's Full Course 'Garden of Diverging Paths'

Monday, June 13, 2016

Music eats literature and literature dines on music, and Mivos Quartet’s "Garden of Diverging Paths" is an album of beautiful cannibalism. Stream the full album all this week.

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Ashley Bathgate Plays Music of Kate Moore in Breakout Debut, 'Stories for Ocean Shells’

Monday, June 06, 2016

Everyone can breathe now: Ashley Bathgate has finally released her first full-length solo album, with 'Stories for Ocean Shells' and the music of Kate Moore.

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New York Philharmonic Records Christopher Rouse, Past Composer-in-Residence

Monday, May 30, 2016

The New York Philharmonic’s latest release, conducted by Alan Gilbert, celebrates Rouse’s term (2012–15) as composer-in-residence and features muscular scores produced during that time.

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Energy of Communal Music-Making Courses Through 'The Colorado'

Monday, May 23, 2016

'The Colorado,' a documentary film directed by Murat Eyuboglu, is a cautionary tale about Colorado River, but its score radiates optimism. Stream it in full all this week.

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Cellist Michael Nicolas's Debut 'Transitions' Slides, Pummels and Seduces

Monday, May 16, 2016

"Transitions" — the debut album by cellist Michael Nicolas (Brooklyn Rider, International Contemporary Ensemble) — makes a strong case for the interdependence of cello and electronics.

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Alarm Will Sound Delights in Playful, Unscary 'Modernists'

Monday, May 09, 2016

On their new album, "Modernists," the 23 members of Alarm Will Sound perform playfully, inviting people on all sides of the modernism debate to lighten up and listen.

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Ensemble Dal Niente with Marcos Balter and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier Are Unstoppable

Monday, April 25, 2016

New York–based Brazilian composer Marcos Balter and the San Francisco–based rock band Deerhoof each represent the aesthetic triumph of the 21st-century vogue for crossing genres.

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Visual Art Inspires Sleeping Giant's Music for Grammy-Winning Ensemble Eighth Blackbird

Monday, April 18, 2016

On 'Hand Eye,' the Grammy-winning eighth blackbird asked the composers of Sleeping Giant to compose music inspired by visual art, from robotic installations to figurative painting.

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Listen: Clint Mansell's Gritty Score to 'Requiem for a Dream' Issued on Vinyl

Monday, April 11, 2016

In celebration of Record Store Day 2016, Nonesuch has released Clint Mansell's indelible soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' on deliciously chunky 180g vinyl.

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Listen: Chun Sisters Premiere Jewel-Box of Muhly and Glass

Monday, April 04, 2016

The violin duo and sisters Angela and Jennifer Chun have taken a leap into the contemporary era with their latest charming disc, exploring the music of Nico Muhly and Philip Glass.

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