Einstein on the Beach

Monday, September 10, 2012

This live 1984 recording of Glass's Einstein is nothing close to complete. However, it's a (smartly) edited 77-minute highlight reel from the opera, paired with a DVD of the documentary produced during the same run.

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'The Passion of Ramakrishna' by Philip Glass

Monday, September 03, 2012

Philip Glass began composing for organ early in his career, and in a way, he never really stopped: His orchestration bears a resemblance to the tradition of Bruckner or Franck, treating the sections of the orchestra like the stops on an organ.

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Piercing the World of John Cage

Friday, August 24, 2012

While somewhat overwhelming to stomach in a single listen, pianist Joshua Pierce's “John Cage: A Tribute” is one of the most powerful and listenable cross-sections of Cage’s work to date.

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The Almost Unbearable Heaviness of Viktor Ullmann

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.

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Cornelius Dufallo: 'Journaling'

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.

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The Humanity of Pärt's 'Pilgrim's Song'

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.

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Stainless Staining: The Music of Donnacha Dennehy

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.

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The Landscapes and Metamorphoses of Vagn Holmboe’s World

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.

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Two Ends of Eccentricity: Gulda and Gould

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.

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Eat, Play, Love: Michael Nyman's Journey Through India

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.

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Peteris Vasks Speaks Truth to Power on 'Vox Amoris'

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.

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Icebreaker and BJ Cole Relaunch 'Apollo'

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.

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The Pacifica Quartet is Back in the USSR

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.

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The Evolution Apparent in Anthony Paul De Ritis's 'Devolution'

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.

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Francesco Tristano Gives Us a Compactly Comprehensive Berio Compendium

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.

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50 Years and Five CDs with Wergo's 'Music of Our Time'

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. 

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Michael Mizrahi Fashions a Cabinet of Curiosities on 'The Bright Motion'

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.

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Rued Langgaard's Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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.

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The Natural and Supernatural Collide in John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs

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.

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The Secret Chords that Arvo Pärt Plays to Please Someone (if Not the Lord)

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.

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