Jóhann Jóhannsson's Relentless, Ritualistic 'Sicario' Soundtrack

Monday, December 14, 2015

Relying heavily, and successfully, on low brass, strings and heavy-boned percussion, "Sicario" establishes its bleak worldview early on and never lets go of the listener’s collar.


Tigue Brings Joy and Ecstatic Dance with 'Peaks'

Monday, December 07, 2015

Percussion trio Tigue exemplifies the increasingly rare DIY aesthetic that was once Brooklyn's signature sound. Their "Peaks" is a product of community, and a really fun listen.

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Young People's Chorus of New York City Looks Ahead with 'Transient Glory III'

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Transient Glory III" offers a glimpse of what makes the Young People's Chorus of New York City such outstanding interpreters with music by Meredith Monk, John Corigliano and more.


Shara Worden's 'You Us We All' Draws Upon Monteverdi and Beyoncé Alike

Monday, November 23, 2015

Billed as a contemporary baroque opera, Shara Worden's You Us We All draws upon everything from Monteverdi to pop as it explores a rite of passage to find meaning in the modern world.


Dawn of Midi's Qasim Naqvi Offers a Sci-Fi Companion with 'Preamble'

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Preamble," the debut solo release from Dawn of Midi drummer Qasim Naqvi is a companion to a sci-fi film installation, but works powerfully as a stand-alone piece of art.


Brian Eno's Electronic Classic in Acoustic Re-Imagining

Monday, November 09, 2015

Brian Eno first composed the electronic Discreet Music in 1975 after a car accident that put him in a full-body cast. Stream Toronto-based Contact ensemble's new recording all week.


John Luther Adams and Wilco's Glenn Kotche in Epic, Percussive 'Ilimaq'

Monday, November 02, 2015

John Luther Adams's "Ilimaq" is an immersive musical journey for the listener, as well as a spectacular vehicle for a pivotal talent from the world of rock, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.

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Violist Melia Watras Spans Earthy and Luxurious Sounds in 'Ispirare'

Monday, October 26, 2015

If ass-kicking in classical music could be likened to that of late-80’s-to-early-90’s action heroes, Melia Watras is a Jean-Claude Van Damme of the viola. Stream "Ispirare" now.

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Avalon String Quartet Satisfies on Album of Golijov, Garrop, Debussy and Britten

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Avalon Quartet brings an elegant touch to works by Osvaldo Golijov, Stacy Garrop, Britten and Debussy on their new release. Listen to the full album all this week.


David Lang and Betty Olivero Look to 'Song of Songs' for Inspiration

Monday, October 12, 2015

Trio Mediaeval delivers premiere recordings of works by David Lang and Betty Olivero based on the "Song of Songs," alongside "Naturale" by Luciano Berio. Stream the album this week only.


Jodie Landau and wild Up's Luxurious Maiden Voyage in 'You of All Things'

Monday, October 05, 2015

Jodie Landau and wild Up's "You of All Things," is radiantly lovely in every detail, but perhaps the loveliest of all is Landau's astonishing vocals. Stream the album all week.


Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-Winning 'Anthracite Fields' is a Hard-Rocking Affair

Monday, September 28, 2015

Julia Wolfe has released Anthracite Fields – the oratorio that won her the Pulitzer Prize – featuring the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and amplified sextet the Bang on a Can All-Stars


Mario Diaz de Leon’s Light-Seeking, Metal Chamber Music

Friday, September 18, 2015

The music on composer Mario Diaz de Leon’s second full-length has the quality of a sputtering flame in a subterranean world. Stream the full album, performed by members of ICE.


Jane Antonia Cornish's 'Continuum' Unfolds With Wistful, Melancholic Beauty

Monday, September 14, 2015

English composer Jane Antonia Cornish makes a strong impression with "Continuum," a collection of wistful chamber music played by the ensemble Decoda.

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Arithmetical Elegance and Philip Glass in Eighth Blackbird's 'Filament'

Monday, September 07, 2015

Chicago-based ensemble eighth blackbird's meticulous programming is seldom as intensely focused as it is on their latest album, "Filament." Stream the complete album all week. 

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Sarah Kirkland Snider's 'Unremembered' Songs of Youth and Memory

Monday, August 31, 2015

Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider teams up with vocalist Shara Worden, Padma Newsome and D.M. Stith on her latest album.


Anna Thorvaldsdottir Carves Isolated, Icy Paths With 'In the Light of Air'

Monday, August 24, 2015

Listen to Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir's latest album, "In the Light of Air," this week.

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Composer-Cellist Peter Gregson's Fervid Midnight Rendezvous, "Touch"

Monday, August 17, 2015

Listening to Peter Gregson's "Touch" is a superlative experience, with the luster of Gregson’s cello lines and the tender swells of the strings in panoramic view. Listen all this week.


Matt Haimovitz Channels Vast Dynamic Range in 4-Hour Retrospective, 'Orbit'

Monday, August 10, 2015

Cellist Matt Haimovitz delivers the bill-paying skills throughout in this considerable, and impressive, retrospective. Listen to the entire album all this week. 


Giacinto Scelsi Puts into Motion That Which Is Motionless

Monday, August 03, 2015

If Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi were alive today, he’d probably be another voice in the demand for music streaming services to get their acts together with classical music.