Attacca Quartet and the Irrepressible Freshness of Michael Ippolito

Monday, April 24, 2017

The outstanding Attacca Quartet continues its headstrong embrace of contemporary fare with an album devoted to the bright, breathless lyricism of composer Michael Ippolito.

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Ted Hearne and The Crossing's 'Sound From the Bench'

Monday, April 17, 2017

Composer Ted Hearne’s arms must be exhausted, carrying around that giant mirror that he so effectively holds up to modern life. Listen to his ‘Sound From the Bench’ all this week.

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Wildly Energetic 'Black Mountain Songs'

Monday, April 03, 2017

Brooklyn Youth Chorus' first solo album, "Black Mountain Songs," gives off waves of energy. The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry curated the music.

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra's Ethereal Landscape Painting

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's "Recurrence" brings together five fast-rising, particularly imaginative composers taken with misty explorations of texture and glacial movement.

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The Crossing and the International Contemporary Ensemble's 'Seven Responses'

Monday, March 20, 2017

Any record that pairs The Crossing with the International Contemporary Ensemble is virtually guaranteed to be a new-music lover's dream. Listen to their "Seven Responses" all this week.

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Thomas Adès Blazes With Wit and Brilliance in Orchestral Album

Monday, March 13, 2017

The London Symphony Orchestra has just released a new recording of Thomas Adès' enormously ambitious "Asyla," conducted by the composer, along with a pair of meaty new orchestral works.

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Béla Fleck and Colorado Symphony's 'Juno Concerto'

Monday, March 06, 2017

Perhaps no musician has done more to transform the image of the banjo than Béla Fleck. His second concerto for banjo is all Fleck and features the Colorado Symphony. Listen now.

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Rothko and Americana Inspire Orchestral Works of Adam Schoenberg

Monday, February 27, 2017

Adam Schoenberg possesses a directly approachable compositional idiom, marked by a sweet-toothed tonal language, widely spaced chords and generous orchestral textures. 

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Nordic Affect's 'Raindamage'

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Raindamage," the new album from the all female quartet Nordic Affect, continues the Icelandic ethos of innovating and exploring while staying connected to the roots of the world.

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Listen: yMusic and Son Lux's 'First'

Monday, February 13, 2017

For its third album, "First," chamber sextet yMusic worked with composer Son Lux, and the record is a dynamic testament to what’s possible with sympathetic artists. Listen all week.

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American Contemporary Music Ensemble's 'Thrive on Routine'

Monday, February 06, 2017

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble's new album, Thrive on Routine, offers a program that reflects the aesthetic of the ensemble's star composer-performer members. Listen now.

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Philip Glass's Violin Concerto and Leonard Bernstein's Serenade

Monday, January 30, 2017

Philip Glass's First Violin Concerto, hardly new to the discography, has just received its definitive recording, three decades after its premiere, with soloist Renaud Capuçon.

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Ian David Rosenbaum's 'Memory Palace'

Monday, January 23, 2017

Ian David Rosenbaum’s newest album, "Memory Palace," seems dedicated to suburban American nature and the natural world we tend to overlook. Listen all week.

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Opera Company Trades Limo Seats for Earbuds with 'Hopscotch' Disc

Monday, January 16, 2017

How can a site-specific opera – one in which audiences were shuttled around Los Angeles in limos, side-by side with performers – translate to the static medium of a recording?

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Kjartan Sveinsson's 'Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen'

Monday, January 09, 2017

Throughout his debut solo album, Kjartan Sveinsson - former Sigur Rós keyboardist - envelops the listener in the quiet majesty of ravishing string and vocal textures. Listen all week.

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Janus Trio's 'Book of Memory'

Monday, January 02, 2017

The flute/viola/harp trio known as Janus has emerged with a second full-length, Book of Memory, and it is a charmer. Listen all week. 

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Yarn/Wire's 'Currents Vol. 4'

Monday, December 26, 2016

Comprised of two percussionists and two keyboardists, Yarn/Wire is releasing a "Currents" album each year to give voice to the theatrical and the exploratory. Listen to volume 4 today.

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Julius Eastman's 'Femenine'

Monday, December 19, 2016

Reviving the works of composer Julius Eastman – among those whom history have all but forgotten – feels especially important at this point in time. Listen to his epic "Femenine." 

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The Delicious Wit of Composer David Rakowski

Monday, December 05, 2016

David Rakowski's latest music for piano and orchestra with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project displays an earnest loveliness, an eerie, novel beauty, and a serious wit. Listen all week.

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Listen: 12 All-Star Electronic Musicians Remix Michael Gordon's 'Timber'

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mantra Percussion pairs its live recording of Michael Gordon's breakthrough "Timber" at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon with a dozen new remixes by all-star electronic musicians.

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