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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Martin Bresnick Finds Light in Darkness with 'Prayers Remain Forever'

Monday, January 05, 2015

"Prayers Remain Forever," a new album of music by composer Martin Bresnick, finds inspiration from masters of the grotesque. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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Florent Ghys Mixes Whimsy and Laser-like Precision in 'Télévision'

Monday, December 29, 2014

Composer and double bassist Florent Ghys keeps headphones firmly cupped to listeners' ears with the whimsy and exacting assembling of materials in his latest album "Télévision."

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Composer Donnacha Dennehy Documents His 30s, a Quarter-Tone at a Time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy’s latest release is an essential statement, a document of his works for orchestra written throughout his 30s. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Paola Prestini Charts Global Styles in 'Oceanic Verses'

Monday, December 15, 2014

Paola Prestini’s style weaves folk melodies and field samples with choral sections reminiscent of some forgotten Renaissance Mass. Stream her album "Oceanic Verses" all this week.

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Christopher Cerrone's Seductive Headphone Opera 'Invisible Cities'

Monday, December 08, 2014

Invisible Cities is a chillingly beautiful opera by Christopher Cerrone based on Italo Calvino’s novel that depicts a meeting between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan. Stream it all this week.

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New York Polyphony's Quiet Seasonal Treasure 'Sing Thee Nowell'

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Christmas season and New York Polyphony, a four-man choir specializing in sacred music, are a match made in heaven. The ensemble's new album spans over five centuries of song.

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Philip Glass's Piano Etudes Exemplify a Muscular Late Period

Monday, November 24, 2014

Philip Glass's complete set of 20 Etudes are released on this disc for the first time, recorded by Maki Namekawa for the composer's Orange Mountain Music label. Stream the album now. 

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A Far Cry from Your Ordinary String Orchestra in 'The Law of Mosaics'

Monday, November 17, 2014

"The Law of Mosaics," couples composers Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne with performances by the enterprising, Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry. Stream the entire album. 

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Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler's Debut Solo Album Embraces the Fierce and Everyday

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Something of Life" is cellist Jeffrey Zeigler’s debut solo album, recorded after his departure from the Kronos Quartet last year. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Erkki-Sven Tüür Brandishes His Rock Chops in Fifth Symphony

Monday, November 03, 2014

Erkki-Sven Tüür has gained a reputation as one of Estonia's most exciting and fascinating composers. His new album illustrates that he also knows how to cut loose... and rock.

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John Supko and Bill Seaman's 's_traits' Spellbinding Headphone Music

Monday, October 27, 2014

The new collaboration between John Supko and Bill Seaman excavates over 110 hours of field recordings and samples into an expansive, computer-generated album.

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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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