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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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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David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe's Hard-Rocking Oratorio, 'Shelter'

Monday, April 01, 2013

Pillars of new music in New York—David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe—join forces to create Shelter, a single piece of music, with successive movements in their audibly distinct but closely related styles. Stream the entire album this week. 

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Violist Nadia Sirota Puts the 'Rock' in 'Baroque'

Monday, March 25, 2013

Violist Nadia Sirota’s deeply engrossing new album puts the “rock” in “Baroque” with new works by Nico Muhly, Shara Worden, Daníel Bjarnason and more. Stream the entire album this week only. 


Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) Reimagines a New York Original

Monday, March 18, 2013

The big news, in indie-centric corners, will be that Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) is releasing a classical album. Yet even more noteworthy is the album's subject matter. Stream the entire album this week.


A Second Look at Philip Glass's Monumental 'Naqoyqatsi'

Monday, March 11, 2013

Adapted from the Naqoyqatsi score and recorded here with cello soloist Matt Haimovitz, Philip Glass's Cello Concerto No. 2, "Naqoyqatsi" gives us the chance to test the durability of the original material. Stream the whole piece this week only. 

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Jennifer Higdon Celebrates the Many Meanings of 'Exaltation'

Monday, March 04, 2013

On their new recording of Jennifer Higdon’s music, New York’s Lark Quartet brings together the varying definitions of exalted into a seamless whole. Stream the complete album.

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Gloria Cheng and Calder Quartet Bring Messiaen and Saariaho to Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and pianist Gloria Cheng pair the works of Olivier Messiaen with 21st-century pieces by Kaija Saariaho. Stream the entire album here.


'In Search of the Miraculous' Blends Spiritual Music from Ireland to Armenia

Monday, February 18, 2013

The spirit of George Gurdjieff infuses "In Search of the Miraculous," a crowd-pleasing new recording from the Irish concert promoter, Louth Contemporary Music Society. Stream the album in full this week.


The Polyrhythmic Elegance of Doug Perkins's Simple Songs

Monday, February 11, 2013

Doug Perkins, a co-founder of the quartet So Percussion, releases his solo debut album, featuring works by Nathan Davis, David Lang and Michael Gordon. Listen to the full album stream.