Monday, October 17, 2016
For "Bonjour," composer and contrabassist Florent Ghys bids adieu to his signature use of sampled speech and DIY solo overdubs, in favor of the sound of a rock band. Listen all week.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Composer Aleksandra Vrebalov’s "Sea Ranch Songs" with Kronos Quartet is rooted partially in atmospheric sonic vistas, and partially in mellow, colorful California minimalism.
Monday, October 03, 2016
Nadia Sirota and Nico Muhly have kept in touch since their days as students at Juilliard, and the latest manifestation of their creative connection is the album "Keep in Touch."
Monday, September 26, 2016
Mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider question the concept of genre, with convincing music by Björk, John Adams, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello. Listen all week.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Pianist Bruce Levingston recruits Ethan Hawke, Hollywood's Gen-X embodiment of Romanticism, for a guest turn on this two-disc survey of Philip Glass's piano music. Listen all week.
Friday, September 09, 2016
David T. Little’s opera "Dog Days," based on a story by Judy Budnitz, uses a bracing score to psychoanalyze a family’s degeneration in war-ravaged America. Listen this week only.
Monday, September 05, 2016
Bands of magical realism stripe "Ecstatic Music," as TAK Ensemble performs with the fearlessness that composer Taylor Brook’s music requires. Stream the album this week only.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Since his death in 1998, Matthew Shepard has been an enduring symbol of the L.G.B.T. rights movement. Composer Craig Hella Johnson pays tribute with his 'Considering Matthew Shepard.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.