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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Lonesome Roads, the title track of 30-year old composer Dan Visconti's new album, gives the oft-separated styles of modernism and folk a reason to hang together. Stream the entire album on demand.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Berne's "Self Referentials" is a profoundly enigmatic listening experience. Find out why by listening to the streamed album all this week.
Monday, January 21, 2013
On "Correspondances," Dutilleux finds his ideal interpreter in conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who brings to life the most ethereal details of the composer's scores without losing sight of their core humanity.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s affection for the modern composer Witold Lutosławski has long been evident. Now the Finnish conductor has recorded a complete set of the Polish icon's four symphonies. Stream them on demand this week only.
Monday, January 07, 2013
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project devotes its latest – and 24th – recording in just five years to the music of New York composer Paul Moravec. Stream the entire album this week only.
Monday, December 31, 2012
The Christmas holiday may be in our rear-view mirrors but Britten's A Ceremony of Carols remains a wintery staple. A new recording captures the work’s harmonic and melodic ingenuity and narrative power.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Stephen Drury's Callithumpian Consort, pipa star Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet make a powerful case for Lei Liang, a composer whose music marries features of the European avant-garde to his Chinese heritage.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Oliver Knussen’s recently released album of eight short works that have never been recorded before is swathed in the cadences of memorial and elegy. Stream the entire album in full for this week only.
Monday, December 10, 2012
"New Music Show" features the talents of five British-based composers with backgrounds as disparate as the London club scene, noise rock and installation art as well as so-called classical music.
Monday, December 03, 2012
Cold Blue Two presents 14 distinctive ways to make clear, "pretty" music, by composers including Harry Partch, John Luther Adams, Ingram Marshall and others.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Composer Laurie Spiegel had something like a career year in 2012, at least so far as attention goes. Stream for this week only the reissue of her classic 1980 album, "The Expanding Universe."
Monday, November 19, 2012
Like an only slightly lower-strung version of Carl Stalling's Looney Toons scores, Derek Bermel's music often changes its mind halfway through a phrase, doubles back and becomes something completely different.
Monday, November 12, 2012
If you thought the San Francisco Symphony's promotion of American "maverick" composers has gotten tiresome, this collection of Cowell, Varèse, Harrison and Cage may make you reconsider.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Listeners familiar with the music of Missy Mazzoli are unlikely to be shocked by her latest CD, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, which suggests the gentle, queasy motion of an ocean liner.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The word “maverick” is overused in the contemporary music world. But in the case of composer Michael Harrison and cellist Maya Beiser, the descriptor is deserved.