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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Young British Generation Impresses in Second 'Panufnik Legacies'

Monday, March 28, 2016

On its heady new release, "The Panufnik Legacies II," the London Symphony Orchestra offers music by 18 young British composers (and one elder statesman). Listen this week only.

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Michael Mizrahi's Love Letter to the Piano, 'Currents'

Monday, March 21, 2016

NOW Ensemble pianist Michael Mizrahi has followed his solo debut with a deliciously listenable track-by-track ode to the piano.

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Skylark Vocal Ensemble Delivers Engrossing Meditation on Death

Monday, March 14, 2016

The nectarous new release "Crossing Over," from Atlanta and Boston-based a cappella vocal ensemble Skylark, lives at the intersection of existence and the void. Stream it all this week.

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Paul Moravec’s Dramatic Flair Prevails in Intensely Lyrical Violin Concerto

Monday, March 07, 2016

New recordings of Paul Moravec's recently-revised Violin Concerto and Shakuhachi Quintet illustrate the composer's gift for intense lyricism.

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Glenn Kotche's Sketches of Time, Place and Quiet Virtuosity

Friday, February 26, 2016

On "Drumkit Quartets," Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche created a travel diary which doubles as a set of drum etudes, inspired and sonically colored by European and American cities.

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Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen Surge Forward with 'On the Nature of Thingness'

Monday, February 22, 2016

On the International Contemporary Ensemble's new album, Nathan Davis, Phyllis Chen and their ICE colleagues manage to be as satisfying to the intellect as they are exciting to the ear.

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From the Elemental to the Incalculable in Lisa Moore's 'The Stone People'

Monday, February 15, 2016

What all the pieces in Lisa Moore's latest album have in common is the use of simple, even elemental materials to gesture at something awe-inspiringly vast. Listen all week.

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Third Coast Percussion Offers Empathetic 'Steve Reich'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Third Coast Percussion’s ability to gently manipulate time, as heard on their new Steve Reich album, translates to a listening experience that is both buoyant and penetrating.

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Gabriel Kahane Mines Loss and Modern Life in 'The Fiction Issue'

Monday, February 01, 2016

On his new chamber music release, "The Fiction Issue," Gabriel Kahane focuses on building a sense of place with the scraps of modern life rather than the locations from which they came.

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Kati Agócs's High-Drama Setting of Love and Devotion

Monday, January 25, 2016

The latest in the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's composer portrait series focuses on Kati Agócs, a Boston-based, Canadian-born composer of Hungarian and American descent.

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Humor and Fiendish Difficulty in Spektral Quartet's 'Serious Business'

Monday, January 18, 2016

The works on "Serious Business," the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet's first recording for the audiophile Sono Luminus label, dare the listener to dismiss them as "cute" or "fun." 

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Kaija Saariaho's Unearthly Flute Music Shines on 'Let the Wind Speak'

Monday, January 11, 2016

"Let the Wind Speak" is as much an exploration of Kaija Saariaho’s flute writing as her long-time collaboration with soloist Camilla Hoitenga.

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Hans Abrahamsen's Grawemeyer Award-Winning 'Let Me Tell You'

Monday, January 04, 2016

"Let Me Tell You" was announced this fall as the winner of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award, the composing world's highest honor. The label Winter & Winter presents its premiere recording.

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