Monday, June 09, 2014
Pianist Alexander Melnikov's rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, just reissued in a recent Harmonia Mundi recording, present the music of Shostakovich at its most agreeable. Stream the entire album all this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, March 17, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.