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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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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Olivier Messiaen's Harawi in Breathless New Form

Monday, July 08, 2013

With pianist Jacob Greenberg’s mobility of attack complementing soprano Tony Arnold’s every step of the way, "Harawi" feels like one of the best new interpretations of Messiaen in years. Stream the entire album this week.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara Merges the Sensual and the Monastic

Monday, July 01, 2013

Symphonic master Einojuhani Rautavaara would seem to be sacrificing a great deal by restricting himself to voices alone, but a new collection of his choral works is a satisfying listen. Stream the full album this week.

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Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov's 'Tayatha' Brings Unadulterated Aural Pleasure

Monday, June 24, 2013

Seven Tibetan songs by exiled chanteuse Yungchen Lhamo, in arrangements by Russian composer Anton Batagov, are collected on a "Tayatha." Stream the album in full this week only.

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Daniel Wohl 'Corps Exquis' Marries the Electronic and Acoustic

Monday, June 17, 2013

On "Corps Exquis," composer Daniel Wohl's first full-length album, electronic and acoustic elements are brought together to construct a haunting, stylish sonic world. Stream the album in full this week only.

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Fred Lerdahl's Mania for Order

Monday, June 10, 2013

On its surface, the history of modern classical music is about chaos and an explosion of style. But one of the strongest through-lines of the past century has been a mania for order. Volume 4 of Bridge Records's "The Music of Fred Lerdahl" is a case in point.

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project Spotlights Unjustly Neglected Composer

Monday, June 03, 2013

The latest entry in BMOP's mile-long discography: the Symphony and Violin Concerto of Martin Boykan. Listen to the full album stream.

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Alan Gilbert Delivers a Potent Trio of Magnus Lindberg Premieres

Monday, May 27, 2013

On their new disc, the New York Philharmonic offers three potent and exhilarating world premieres by former composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg, a celebrated composer on the global stage but relatively little-known to American audiences.

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Ann Southam's Beautiful and Unsettling Subtleties

Monday, May 20, 2013

The pianist Eve Egoyan performs five haunting piano solos by the late Canadian composer Ann Southam. Stream the full album this week. 

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Discover Ireland's Electronic and Electroacoustic Music

Monday, May 13, 2013

"On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics" offers a compelling glimpse into two strands of modern Irish music. Stream the full compilation this week.

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The Brutal, Unprecedented Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

Monday, May 06, 2013

Years after her death, the West is still discovering "Shostakovich student Galina Ustvolskaya." Sample her relentless, mysterious sound with Ivan Sokolov's recording of her complete piano music.

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David Lang Gives Schubert Luminous New Life in 'Death Speaks'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Death Speaks, a song cycle composed by David Lang, is a luminous masterpiece. As restrained and melancholy as a Blue Period Picasso, it enchants on first hearing and sticks in the memory. Stream Lang's complete new album in full all this week. 

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Attacca String Quartet's Hungry, Bold and Biting Take on John Adams

Monday, April 15, 2013

On "Fellow Traveller," the young Attacca Quartet takes on John Adams's complete string quartets, including the previously unrecorded title track. Stream it in full all this week.

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The Epic, Meditative Stillness of Lubomyr Melnyk's 'Corollaries'

Sunday, April 07, 2013

On "Corollaries," composers Lubomyr Melnyk and Peter Broderick give an updated take on the "continuous music" style of performance that Melnyk pioneered in the late 1970s and '80s. Stream it all this week.

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