San Francisco Symphony Refreshes 'American Mavericks' Franchise

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.

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Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar

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.

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The Volatile, Maverick Music of Michael Harrison

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.

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The Vocal Octet Roomful of Teeth Sets the Bar Unfairly High

Monday, October 22, 2012

The a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth have trained in non-Western traditions and have collaborated with several fashionable composers. Hear the results on their debut album.

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Mystery and Scientific Exploration in Nordic Cello Concertos

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cellist Jakob Kullberg and the New Music Orchestra present cello concertos by Saariaho, Norgard and Nordheim.

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Celebrating the Female: The Choral Works of Imogen Holst

Monday, October 08, 2012

A new recording of Imogen Holst’s choral works provides a valuable introduction to an area of the musician's life that has until now been woefully neglected.

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Eighth Blackbird Brings Adès, Hartke and Etezady to Life

Monday, October 01, 2012

The prominent new music sextet called eighth blackbird performs music by Stephen Hartke, Thomas Ades, John Adams and Missy Mazzoli, featuring instruments like the flexatone and harmonica.

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Valgeir Sigurðsson's 'Architecture of Loss'

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sigurðsson’s latest release, "Architecture of Loss" was conceived as an accompaniment to choreographer Stephen Petronio’s ballet of the same name. The album is at once cinematic and intimate, alternating moments of textural ambiance and intense lyricism.

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Cellist Mariel Roberts's 'Nonextraneous Sounds'

Monday, September 17, 2012

The music on this disc, by a range of rising young composers, is nothing short of gripping from the first note to the last, and it's thanks largely to the intense focus of these highly individual musicians.

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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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