New York Polyphony's Quiet Seasonal Treasure 'Sing Thee Nowell'

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Christmas season and New York Polyphony, a four-man choir specializing in sacred music, are a match made in heaven. The ensemble's new album spans over five centuries of song.


Philip Glass's Piano Etudes Exemplify a Muscular Late Period

Monday, November 24, 2014

Philip Glass's complete set of 20 Etudes are released on this disc for the first time, recorded by Maki Namekawa for the composer's Orange Mountain Music label. Stream the album now. 

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A Far Cry from Your Ordinary String Orchestra in 'The Law of Mosaics'

Monday, November 17, 2014

"The Law of Mosaics," couples composers Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne with performances by the enterprising, Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry. Stream the entire album. 


Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler's Debut Solo Album Embraces the Fierce and Everyday

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Something of Life" is cellist Jeffrey Zeigler’s debut solo album, recorded after his departure from the Kronos Quartet last year. Stream the entire album all this week.


Erkki-Sven Tüür Brandishes His Rock Chops in Fifth Symphony

Monday, November 03, 2014

Erkki-Sven Tüür has gained a reputation as one of Estonia's most exciting and fascinating composers. His new album illustrates that he also knows how to cut loose... and rock.


John Supko and Bill Seaman's 's_traits' Spellbinding Headphone Music

Monday, October 27, 2014

The new collaboration between John Supko and Bill Seaman excavates over 110 hours of field recordings and samples into an expansive, computer-generated album.


Tristan Perich and Vicky Chow Rebuild the Piano Concerto with 'Surface Image'

Monday, October 20, 2014

With "Surface Image," composer Tristan Perich has created his most emotionally affective work to date, balancing 1-bit electronics with large-scale form and virtuosic human performance.

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Composer-Soprano Agata Zubel Renders Nervousness and Doubt

Monday, October 13, 2014

On her new recording on the Kairos label, composer and vocalist Agata Zubel brings forward a fascinating exploration of her settings of three Nobel Prize winning poets. 


Mamoru Fujieda Derives Miniatures from Electrical Activity of Plants

Monday, October 06, 2014

Composed between 1996 and 2011, Japanese post-minimal innovator Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants is a set of works based on the readings of the electrical activity in living plants.

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Klezmer, Tango and Arabic Sounds Swirl in 'Dreams and Prayers'

Monday, September 29, 2014

It’s always a treat to listen to clarinetist David Krakauer do his thing, but he seems especially in his element in “Dreams and Prayers,” the newest album from Boston-based A Far Cry. 

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JACK Quartet Spotlights South American-born 'áltaVoz Composers'

Monday, September 22, 2014

The JACK Quartet's latest release, "áltaVoz Composers," zeroes in on an under-represented cache of ferocious talent: that of the young, South American-born composer.


New Record Label Debuts with Auspicious, Witty 'Violin'

Monday, September 15, 2014

The most surprising thing about the debut of VIA Records, the label whose arrival is heralded by the release of Anna Clyne's "The Violin," is that it didn't happen long ago. 

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Cincinnati Symphony Mines the Terror of the Sublime in 'Hallowed Ground'

Monday, September 08, 2014

Issued on Cincinnati Symphony's own label, "Hallowed Ground" finds unexpected connections between David Lang's hard, bitter pieces and those by Aaron Copland and Nico Muhly.

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Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble Takes Flight with 'Excelsior'

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fifth House Ensemble's new album "Excelsior" builds itself up gradually from the luminous energy of Alex Shapiro's "Perpetual Spark" to Caleb Burhans's half-hour title track.


Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla: Just an Old Fashioned Love Song

Monday, August 18, 2014

Even for Messiaen, the Turangalîla-Symphony is weird. Stream the new recording by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony and Angela Hewitt all week. 

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From Russia to Iran: Pianist Tara Kamangar Travels 'East of Melancholy'

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pianist Tara Kamangar's "East of Melancholy" is a luxuriously lovely recital of virtuoso piano music spanning musical traditions from Russia to Iran. Stream the entire album.

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Levity and Vigor in the Concertos of the Late Peter Lieberson

Monday, August 04, 2014

The late composer Peter Lieberson found inspiration in the poetry of Pablo Neruda for his Piano Concerto No. 3, and simply in his love of the sound of the viola for his Viola Concerto...


The Quiet Violence of Peter V. Swendsen’s Seasons and Weather

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Allusions to Seasons and Winter," from composer Peter V. Swendsen and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, opens with a processed tenor recorder emulating a bird call. Live elect...

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Richard Reed Parry Taps Performers' Inner Metronomes in 'Music for Heart and Breath'

Monday, July 21, 2014

Richard Reed Parry, a composer and member of the rock band Arcade Fire, writes classical compositions based the actual pulse of the performers themselves. Stream his "Music for Heart ...

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wild Up's 'Feather & Stone' Spotlights Los Angeles Composers

Monday, July 14, 2014

Los Angeles-based ensemble wild Up's new album "Feather & Stone" presents an unexpected mashup of pieces, ranging from jazz to a collage of found sounds. Stream the album all this week. 

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