Monday, August 20, 2012
As the circumstances of composer Viktor Ullmann's life became more brutal, his music only became lovelier, more polished, and more playful this new recording indicates.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Seth Colter Walls reviews Cornelius Dufallo's release Journaling for Q2 Music. Stream the whole record in our online preview all week.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Listen to the new all-Pärt disc by Estonia's Voces Musicales all this week. Selections range from Sol LeWitt–like spareness of Summa to the sweetness and pathos of Magnificat to the darker, denser textures of the title track.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The final entry of pianist Lisa Moore’s three-part EP series may be its most listenable. Featuring the music of Donnacha Dennehy, it offers Moore the opportunity to display every angle of her versatile chops.
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Lapland Chamber Orchestra presents three never-before recorded works by the Danish composer that seemingly serve as sonic landscape paintings of Holmboe's northern home.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Our album of the week by Ukranian pianist Sasha Grynyuk pairs works by two of the great keyboard eccentrics of the last century, Friedrich Gulda and Glenn Gould. Stream it in full this week only.
Monday, July 09, 2012
In December 2000, Michael Nyman ventured to India for one month as part of an attempt to bridge the gap between Western and Indian classical traditions.
Monday, July 02, 2012
It’s no shock that composer Peteris Vasks, a trained violinist, has often used his primary instrument as a mouthpiece for his most personal works. Stream his new recording of music for violin and string orchestra this week only.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Listen here to the complete Apollo, an ambient score originally written by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert’s documentary on NASA’s Apollo missions.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but four is a string quartet: An epitome of balance and dialogue that subsequently gives composers a curious amount of freedom for how limited they are in size and scope.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Listening to Anthony Paul De Ritis’s Devolution is somewhat akin to watching a Tarsem film: The mixture of influences, references and textures is both blindingly apparent and blindingly gorgeous.
Monday, June 04, 2012
"Complete works" albums, even those centering on music written for one instrument, are usually sprawling box sets that often double as doorstops. Odd, then, that Luciano Berio's complete works for piano fit onto one single disc. More contradictory still is finding that 80-minute album to be representative of the composer's decades-long career.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Fifty years ago, art historian Werner Goldschmidt and musicologist Helmut Kirchmayer joined forces to capture the musical zeitgeist in the early 1960s. Half a century later, Wergo Records assembles reissues by Rihm, Ligeti, Cage and Stockhausen into a four-CD set.
Monday, May 21, 2012
A founding member of NOW Ensemble, pianist Michael Mizrahi is one of those musicians who is endlessly fascinated by everything (his undergraduate studies were a three-pronged focus in music, religion and physics) and is, as a result, endlessly fascinating himself.
Monday, May 14, 2012
A new recording puts the spotlight on the late-Romantic Danish composer Rued Langgaard. He died virtually unknown in 1952, but is increasingly respected for his anguished symbolism and Wagnerian gestures.
Monday, May 07, 2012
A new recording of John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs is a breath of life into a work considered seminal for its spontaneous performance instructions and strict adherence to birdcalls. Stream the entire album here.
Friday, April 27, 2012
With a relationship that extends beyond artistic collaboration and goes firmly into friendship, each Paul Hillier and Arvo Pärt recording is a reason to let out a praise-worthy “hallelujah,” even if such ebullient exclamations are anathema to Pärt’s Baltic brand of introspectively limned melodic lines.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Ethel last went into the studio for its 2006 Light, and while the fearless foursome has since been heard on discs like Oshtali, a collection of new works by Chickasaw student composers, it took them six years to return with their next solo album, the complementary Heavy.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Evan Ziporyn’s newest album on Cantaloupe pairs two concertos for unconventional solo instruments -- bass clarinet and tabla -- which is "akin to a mental yoga exercise, finding balance in extremes."
Monday, April 09, 2012
Exceedingly versatile and at times beguilingly gamine, flautist Claire Chase's newest album, Terrestre, has much to recommend it with works by Saariaho, Boulez and more.