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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.