Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full album all this week.

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Western Wind Vocal Ensemble Delivers Buoyant Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble’s latest album, featuring music by Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman, employs theatrics that reveal the sextet's unique sound. Listen to the entire album all this week.

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David Lang Sets Many Subtle Heartbreaks in 'love fail'

Monday, May 19, 2014

David Lang's love fail is a sort of micro-opera about subtle heartbreak and based on the legend that inspired Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Listen to the entire album, featuring Anonymous 4, this week. 

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Seattle Symphony Launches Record Label with Focus on Contemporary Music

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lots of things have been going right for the Seattle Symphony lately, not least being a commission that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Listen to the freshman release on their new record label all this week. 

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From Fingerboard to Fretboard: Philip Glass's String Quartets on Guitars

Monday, May 05, 2014

The cool, restrained interpretations of the Dublin Guitar Quartet performing arrangements of Glass's string quartets speak more like a virginal harpsichord with an unusually sweet voice. Listen to the entire album. 

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Venerable Label Makes Bold Move with Emerging Composer Jacob Cooper

Monday, April 28, 2014

Jacob Cooper's "Silver Threads" helps Nonesuch Records close a certain hipness gap between their venerable roster and the composers of his generation. Listen to the album in full all this week.

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Julia Wolfe Bores a Hole Through the Mountain with 'Steel Hammer'

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Steel Hammer," the new album by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, features a musical retelling of that great American tall tale of John Henry. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Gabriela Lena Frank Draws on Dances, Dreams and Sacrifice

Monday, April 14, 2014

For her most recent album, "Compadrazgo," California-born composer-pianist Gabriela Lena Frank focuses on her Latin side, with references to her travels in South America. Stream the album all this week. 

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Alfred Schnittke's Piano Music and Crushingly Unhappy End

Monday, April 07, 2014

Simon Smith's new collection of Alfred Schnittke's complete piano music offers a harrowing biographical portrait of the composer. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Kronos Quartet Distills 40 Years of Exploration into a 'Thousand Thoughts'

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kronos Quartet's new 40th anniversary compilation, "A Thousand Thoughts," takes a well-earned victory lap by bringing together a generous helping of their globe-trotting musical excursions.

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Michael Gordon Goes for Broke with 'Rushes' for Bassoon Septet

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why is it that so many composers are reticent to write for the bassoon? Stream Michael Gordon's fiendishly difficult 'Rushes' for bassoon septet all this week and find out.

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Glenn Kotche's Colorful, Infectiously Rhythmic 'Adventureland'

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Adventureland" is the latest release from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and features music for the Kronos Quartet, Gamelan Galak Tika, and "two pianos vs. percussion." 

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Orli Shaham's Piano Album 'American Grace' Is a Decidedly Family Affair

Monday, March 10, 2014

Steven Mackey's new piano concerto for Orli Shaham is an easy fit with the music of John Adams on the new album "American Grace" from Canary Classics. Stream the entire album in full all this week. 

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Quatuor Béla on the Early Metamorphosis of György Ligeti

Monday, March 03, 2014

The French string quartet Quatuor Béla tackle the restless and kinetic chamber music of the legendary Hungarian composer György Ligeti. Stream the album all this week on Q2 Music.

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Arlene Sierra Explores Darwin, Warfare and Chinese Philosophy

Sunday, February 23, 2014

With "Game of Attrition: Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2," the BBC National Orchestra of Wales spotlights a composer whose works are inspired by nature’s elements, Sun Tzu, game theory, and Charles Darwin.

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The Late John Tavener's Eight-Hour, Crowning Achievement

Monday, February 17, 2014

The late British composer Sir John Tavener said that The Veil of the Temple is “the supreme achievement of my life and the most important work that I have ever composed.” Stream it in full all this week.

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Spektral Quartet's 'Chambers' Conveys a Vintage Sheen

Monday, February 10, 2014

Listening to "Chambers," the inaugural release from both the Spektral Quartet and their fellow Chicagoans, one could hardly imagine a more promising debut. Stream the full album all this week.

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Philip Glass's Latest Meditative Score for Godfrey Reggio

Monday, February 03, 2014

In his fourth collaboration with director Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass has written the score for "Visitors," a film featuring close-ups of human faces. Stream the complete score all week.

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Remembering Wojciech Kilar, Poland's Late Film-Music Giant

Monday, January 27, 2014

Polish composer and film arranger Wojciech Kilar wrote concert music that merits a closer listen. A new album collects three of works for chorus and orchestra from the 1980s. Stream it on Q2 Music.

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Kate Soper Probes Female Captivity in 'Voices from the Killing Jar'

Monday, January 20, 2014

In Kate Soper's epic Voices from the Killing Jar, seven women take the focus in an eight-movement work that is dark, wild and captivating. Stream the Wet Ink Ensemble's performance all this week. 

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