From Björk to Costello with Anne Sophie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider

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. 


Ethan Hawke Cameos in Pianist Bruce Levingston's Philip Glass Survey

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.


David T. Little Sets Dystopian Excess with Opera 'Dog Days'

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.


TAK Ensemble Conjures Magical Realism in Taylor Brook's 'Ecstatic Music'

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.


'Considering Matthew Shepard' an Ode to Inclusivity and Compassion

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.'

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Tenor Sax Quartet Battle Trance Returns with Scorching 'Blade of Love'

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.

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Tyshawn Sorey Composes Chaos in 'The Inner Spectrum of Variables'

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.


Seattle Symphony Concludes Indispensable Cycle of Late French Master Henri Dutilleux

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.


Cellist Maya Beiser Spans Imogen Heap to Michael Gordon in 'TranceClassical'

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.

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Lesley Flanigan Sculpts Sound into Ecstatic Space on 'Hedera'

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.

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Lewis Pesacov, The Industry and wild Up Offer Doomsday Delirium

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.


Cello Ensemble's Collective Virtuosity Shines in 'shadow, echo, memory'

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.


Francesca Anderegg Takes to the Open Road with 'Wild Cities'

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.


Ensemble Signal's Delightfully Manic Steve Reich

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.


David Lang's Patchwork Patriotism in 'the national anthems'

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. 

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Mivos Quartet's Full Course 'Garden of Diverging Paths'

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.


Ashley Bathgate Plays Music of Kate Moore in Breakout Debut, 'Stories for Ocean Shells’

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.


New York Philharmonic Records Christopher Rouse, Past Composer-in-Residence

Monday, May 30, 2016

The New York Philharmonic’s latest release, conducted by Alan Gilbert, celebrates Rouse’s term (2012–15) as composer-in-residence and features muscular scores produced during that time.


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.


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.