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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Pianist Commissions 10 Composers to Redefine 'American Vernacular'

Monday, January 13, 2014

For "American Vernacular," pianist Nicholas Phillips commissioned ten composers to each to write a piece inspired by their respective experiences of America. Stream the album all this week.

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Lansky's 'Notes to Self': An Electronic Music Pioneer Goes Unplugged

Friday, January 03, 2014

The Princeton-based electronic music pioneer Paul Lansky describes the pieces on his new album as "later-in-life adventures in music that needs no electricity." Hear why on our exclusive album stream.

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Mark-Anthony Turnage's Symphonic Meditation on Hope and Hopelessness

Monday, December 30, 2013

Mark-Anthony Turnage's music is best known for its provocative clashes. But a new recording by the London Symphony Orchestra may surprise listeners with its emotional directness. Stream the album all this week.

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Ancient Estonian Vocal Music Gets an Addictive Fresh Makeover

Monday, December 23, 2013

Give your ears a Christmas gift this week with the hypnotizing beauty that is "Songs of Olden Times: Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs" from Estonian vocal group Heinavanker. Stream the entire album in full all this week. 

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The Mind-Bending, Ear-Opening Music of Mathew Rosenblum

Monday, December 16, 2013

Works on composer Mathew Rosenblum's newest album "Möbius Loop" offer both a mind-bending illusion and an elegant feat of mathematics. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick Breathes New Life Into 'Float'

Monday, December 09, 2013

At the age of 26, composer-musician Peter Broderick has more than 20 albums to his credit. His latest is Float 2013. Stream the album in full all this week.

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John Adams Provides Thunder, Desperation and Pure Adrenaline

Monday, December 02, 2013

A new album by Peter Oundjian and the Scottish National Symphony offers three selections from Adams for large orchestra in one convenient dose. Stream the recording in full all this week.

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Ken Thomson Spins Invention and Prankster-ish Glee in 'Thaw'

Monday, November 25, 2013

Reedist and composer Ken Thomson's first album – titled "Thaw" and performed by the JACK Quartet – stands as his new career highlight. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Irish Mass Reimagined by Uzbekistan's Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky

Monday, November 18, 2013

On its latest recording, "Ó Riada Re-imagined," the Louth Contemporary Music Society from Ireland has asked Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky to create a new work out of an Irish mass. Stream the album in full all this week. 

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Chamber Duo itsnotyouitsme Crafts Ambient, Otherworldly Sounds

Friday, November 08, 2013

The new album from the duo itsnotyouitsme intertwines blustery images of the outside world with music heard from the inside – the music of heartbeats and breath. Stream it in full all this week.

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The Silk Road Ensemble Charts 'A Playlist Without Borders'

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma has released a new collection of commissioned works by John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Collin Jacobsen and others. Stream it all this week.

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The National's Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet Join Forces for 'Aheym'

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, ventures deeper into classical composition with "Aheym," a collection of four works performed by the Kronos Quartet. Stream the full album this week.

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John Luther Adams's Glorious Outdoor Hymn Gets Studio Treatment

Monday, October 21, 2013

The debut release of John Luther Adams's epic Inuksuit is a strong reading of a piece that otherwise precludes the very idea of a “benchmark” or reference recording. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Flutist Claire Chase Has Breath and Breadth in 'Density'

Monday, October 14, 2013

On her newest album, "Density," Claire Chase, flutist and director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, presents selections by Reich, Lucier, Balter, Varèse and more. Stream the album all this week. 

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New York Virtuoso Singers Celebrate 25 Years with 25 Premieres

Friday, October 04, 2013

25 years, 25 composers: the New York Virtuoso Singers are celebrating a quarter century of music-making by commissioning and performing works by over two dozen of today's most celebrated composers. Stream the complete album this week only. 

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Adding to the Year of the A Cappella Group with C4's 'Uncaged'

Monday, September 30, 2013

For many, 2013 is the year of the "contemporary a cappella group." Last month, C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective added to this excitement with their debut album, "Uncaged."

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