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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.