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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Benjamin Hochman Reinvigorates a Familiar Theme in 'Variations'

Monday, March 09, 2015

The composers on "Variations," pianist Benjamin Hochman's new disc on the Avie label, are ideally suited to the form of Theme and Variations. Stream the album in full. 

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Jukka Linkola and Ville Matvejeff Draw Inspiration from Fairy Tales, Heavy Metal Heroics

Monday, March 02, 2015

A new release features two relative unknowns in Finnish contemporary music: Jukka Linkola and Ville Matvejeff. Hear why their music deserves broader recognition.

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Michael Gordon's Chaotic, Life-Affirming 'Dystopia'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Despite the title of his latest album, "Dystopia," Michael Gordon delivers some of the most effusive, life-affirming, Arcadia-esque sounds we’ve heard from the Bang on a Can co-founder.

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TED Talks and Genetic Sequences at Play in Gregory W. Brown's 'Moonstrung Air'

Monday, February 16, 2015

The centerpiece of Gregory W. Brown's "Moonstrung Air" is Missa Charles Darwin, a six-part mass inspired by Charles Darwin and evolutionary science. Stream the album in full all week.

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'Who the Hell is Allan Pettersson?' Told Through Score and Film

Monday, February 09, 2015

Allan Pettersson (1911-1980), born to a working-class family, was a Swedish composer whose violin playing pulled him up from a childhood straight out of a Roald Dahl novel.

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Dedicated Proponent of Music for Cello Goes All New in 'Crossings'

Monday, February 02, 2015

"Crossings: New Music for Cello," Kate Dillingham’s fourth album, features a line-up of new music for both solo cello and cello/piano duo. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Kaija Saariaho's Masterful Chamber Music Shines on a Larger Scale

Monday, January 26, 2015

Utterly original and new, the music of Kaija Saariaho is nevertheless recognizable as a successor to an old French tradition of rich lyricism and colorful orchestration.

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Andrew Norman, Video Games and the 21st-Century Orchestra at 'Play'

Monday, January 19, 2015

Andrew Norman’s "Play" reads as though written by a composer unrestrained by any hint of self-consciousness. Stream the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's latest album all week. 

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John Luther Adams Harnesses Sound and Silence in 'The Wind in High Places'

Monday, January 12, 2015

John Luther Adams has mastered the sonic world of the outdoors and open space. His newest album centers around his first string quartet, "The Wind in High Places." 

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