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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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."


The Textured, Celestial World of Daniel Bjarnason's 'Over Light Earth'

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason's new album of orchestral music reacts to the art of two abstract expressionist painters with otherworldly soundscapes that draw freely on the sounds of the past and present. Stream it all this week.


Pianist Sarah Cahill's 'Sweeter Music' is a Call for Peace

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pianist Sarah Cahill's "A Sweeter Music" is a musical protest album featuring the music of Frederic Rzewski, Carl Stone and Meredith Monk. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Michael Gandolfi Gives 'Underdog' Instruments Their Day on BMOP Album

Monday, September 09, 2013

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents Michael Gandolfi's three new concertos for bassoon, alto saxophone and bass trombone on their latest recording. Stream it all this week. 


The Colorful, Playful Music of Samuel Adler

Monday, September 02, 2013

An anti-minimalist with a thing for counterpoint, Samuel Adler writes music that's difficult to hum but colorful and underplayed. The Esterhazy Quartet works to remedy that with a powerful new album. Stream it all this week.


Sofia Gubaidulina Mixes Physical Drama and Sacred Symbols

Monday, August 26, 2013

A post-Soviet master on par with Schnittke and Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina constructs music with great sacred symbols in mind. Stream bassist Daniele Roccato's new album of her work all this week.


Philip Glass's Latest (and Most Unusual) Collaboration

Monday, August 19, 2013

"Concert of the Sixth Sun" is the latest meeting between Philip Glass and musicians from outside the Western classical tradition and easily the most unusual collaboration. Stream it in full all this week.

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Phyllis Chen Ennobles the Toy Piano in 'Little Things'

Monday, August 12, 2013

On Phyllis Chen's "Little Things," you forget about the novelty of the toy piano and start to focus on its possibilities. Stream the full album all this week.


James McVinnie's Dazzling 'Cycles' Showcases the Music of Nico Muhly

Monday, August 05, 2013

James McVinnie's debut on the Bedroom Community label offers up nearly an hour of new organ music from composer Nico Muhly that ranges from standalone prelude-stunners to a cycle of Anglican Common Prayer hymns. Stream it in full all this week.

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Kevin Puts Concentrates on the Direct, Intimate Present

Monday, July 29, 2013

A new album devoted entirely to Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts's music pairs a duo of a cappella choral pieces with the world premiere recording of his Fourth Symphony.


'Evensong' Brings the Club to the Cathedral

Monday, July 22, 2013

"Evensong," the full-length debut recording by the New York composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans spans psalm settings and rock-influenced works. Stream it all this week.


The Duality of Man and Machine as Told by Dan Trueman and So Percussion

Monday, July 15, 2013

“neither Anvil nor Pulley,” the new record from omnivorous new-music quartet So Percussion and composer Dan Trueman, explores the relationship between man and machine in the digital age. The result is one of So Percussion's most accessible and powerful efforts to date.

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