Saturday, January 28, 2012
Best to carve out an uninterrupted 70 minutes to listen to the complete Fred Lerdahl string quartets sequentially. Read on for why with Q2 Music's Album of the Week, and to snag a free selection this week only from Lerdahl's String Quartet No. 3.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Take a winter's journey without leaving home thanks to the Meehan/Perkins Duo's new album of transporting percussion works. Get a free download this week only of Travel Diary Part I: "Leaving Home."
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Composer Tarik O'Regan blends his Irish and Arabic backgrounds to take us on a wandering musical journey through a piece of Medieval literature about St. Patrick. Get a free download.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Make listening to the Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff one of your resolutions for 2012. Read on for more about this enlightened disc and to snag a free download this week only of Armenian Song.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
With winter officially here, there's no better time than to slip into Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason's imagined score for Andrey Tarkovsky's haunting film Solaris. Read on for more information and to snag a free download, this week only, of "Reyja."
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The bass gets its due with a meaty double-album from Bang on a Can All Star Robert Black. Read how he makes so much rep work and to grab a free download (this week only!) of George Perle's Monody II.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Our neighbors to the north have it all right with this new recording of works by Nico Muhly, Jonny Greenwood and Richard Reed Parry. Snag a free, limited-time download of Muhly's Wish You Were Here.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
A composer whose star is on the rise, Mohammed Fairouz celebrated the release of his first solo disc last month. Read on for more and to grab a free download from Four Critical Models.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Kaija Saariaho is omnipresent in New York this season. Get a taste for three of her newest works on this beautiful and haunting new disc from Ondine, and grab a free download from Leino Songs.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Has David Lang abandoned the aura of enfant terrible? Perhaps, but this pairing of works written roughly 10 years apart shows that he's still the same ear-rocking composer. Grab a free download of the track wed.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sinner or saint, dead or alive, there's much to love about this arresting debut from composer Gregory Spears. Read on for more and grab a free download for this week only of the track Postlude.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Can one call recording that is selections from a larger theater work a “concept album?” Or is such a term redundant when every theatrical recording is more or less conceptual in its inherent unifying themes? Read on for more about an album at the center of this debate, and grab a free download for this week only of the track Addiction.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
If, as the adage goes, every snowflake is different, then every note in Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s intricate debut album, Rhizoma, is equally unique. Grab a free download for this week only of the track Hrim.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Diotima Quartet delivers a trio of American works from the last century, painting a varied portrait of our age-old new-music scene.
Monday, October 17, 2011
With works by Lera Auerbach, Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower and more, tokenism and affirmative action go out the door on the Lincoln Trio's all-female composers disc, Notable Women. Read on for more and to grab a download of Higdon's "Fiery Red."
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
From Clarice Jensen's fiery cello line that kicks off the opening track you get the sense listening to Beautiful Mechanical that you're sitting in some funky loft kitchen listening to your best friends engage in an impromptu jam session. That's not to say that yMusic doesn't infuse their debut album with a great deal of work and backbone -- that's an obvious fact from the first lines as well. However, the collaborative cabal makes it all look so effortless and off-the-cuff that it's certain to rouse that rare balance of admiration and envy.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
So Percussion's latest recording for Cantaloupe Music does for time what the quartet did for cities in 2009's Imaginary City.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
With their third studio album, itsnotyouitsme treads deeper into the realms of Gavin Bryars and John Luther Adams. Read on for more provocatively-titled songs and ambient shoegazing, andgrab a free download for this week only.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Rachael Elliott, a founding member of Clogs and one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene, didn't have to look far when it came to assembling her debut album Polka the Elk, which features three tracks by fellow bandmate Padma Newsome cozied up to tracks by Tawnie Olson and David Lang. Learn more and grab a free download for this week only.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Here’s the problem with Steve Reich’s newest work to hit recording WTC 9/11: While you want it to be good as a means of doing justice to the tragic events it musically marks, t’s also hard to see the piece turn out to be too good, because listening to a work of such cathartic and unsettling power has to be, like a bottle of Scotch old enough to vote, a judiciously parsed-out experience both to ensure potency and minimize the raw feeling you’re left with at the end of this 16-minute work.