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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."